Growing up, there was no more important companion to me than books. I was a shy child, and I was far more comfortable with my nose buried between the pages of a novel than doing typical kid stuff. If you ever wondered where I was, I was curled up some place with a book. My two favorite places to read were…
On the roof. Yep, I’d climb up on the roof with a towel to lay on and a book to read and…
In my closet. I’d close the door, turn on the light, and snuggle in underneath the hanging clothes.
I liked these places, because no one would disturb me while I tore through the newest Nancy Drew. I never got tired of reading The Hobbit or The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. When I went to college, I majored in English Literature, because I couldn’t imagine anything I’d love to do more than read books, talk about books, and write about books. I love books.
Even though I love books, I never thought I’d write one, and truth be told, I’m an accidental author. I was blogging for my non-profit, Change Gangs: Virtual Giving Circles, when someone told me, “You know, you can put your blog posts together in a book.” And I thought, “Really? You can do that? People will read that?” So, I went to an event where I stood in line to get 45 seconds with a literary agent. When I finally reached the front of each line, I’d share this idea only to be shot down over and over again. No one was interested. I was greeted with a collective yawn. But now, the idea was in my head. “If I were going to write a book, what would it be?” It was that question that rattled around my sub-conscious for a few months that eventually gave birth to 365 Ways to Live Generously: Simple Habits for a Life That’s Good for You and for Others.
Naturally, I love my book and think EVERYONE should read it. 🙂 I know I’m biased, but it really is a great book. And I’ve been working incredibly hard to promote it, and now one of my dreams of come true.
If you’re familiar with Colorado than you know that the Tattered Cover is legendary. It’s one of the best independent book stores in the country, and walking through it is a joy. I have the pleasure and privilege of doing a talk and book signing at this storied institution. This is a little dream come true. I’m not always very good at appreciating my successes, but not this time. I intend to fully appreciate this experience.
If you’re in Colorado, I would love it if you’d join me. I’ll be talking on The Power of Generosity: 7 Simple Habits Will Transform Your Life.
Doing generosity wrong can leave you burned out, stressed out, broke, angry, or even sick. I’ll share the components of Complete Generosity and the 7 generosity habits that will help you become healthy in body, mind, and spirit; have deep, meaningful relationships; experience more joy and less stress; and make a big, positive impact in your home, your work, and in the world.
And we’ll be supporting a good cause at the same time. On average, seven people die every day from a home fire. We can help. Proceeds from the event go to support the “Sound the Alarm” program put on by The Mile High Chapter of the Red Cross which aims to raise awareness of fire safety and install fire alarms across our state.
When: Sunday, August 20 at 2 PM – 4 PM
Where: Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue 2526 E Colfax Ave Denver, CO 80206 (303) 322-7727
I would love to see you there.