It was late in the year of 2013, and I was about halfway through my second life coaching certification. It was a year-long, interactive online course that emphasized the Law of Attraction, and I was really enjoying it. I talked in groups with other coaches and followed suggestions that included setting up LinkedIn to connect with more professionals.
I was scrolling through the profiles and one of them caught my eye. It was a Life Coach who had an online radio show. She was showcasing one of her past guests. The subject matter was interesting, so I messaged her. I introduced myself and asked if I could still access that show. I guess she must have looked at my profile before she responded, because when she messaged back, she not only answered my question, but had a lot of questions for me! She asked how long I’d been a Life Coach, and a little bit about my backstory. I was excited to make a new connection so quickly, and we messaged back and forth for a bit. Then she asked if we could talk on the phone. What came next blew my mind.
My heart was pounding when I called her, I felt like something big was going to happen- and I was right! She asked me if I would like to be a guest on her radio show! I was honored and terrified! This came out of nowhere! But that wasn’t all. There was more. After talking for ten minutes about the process of the radio interview, she mentioned that she was collaborating with a few other professionals, getting a book deal together and offered me the opportunity to write a chapter with my story. Me. A published author. My head was spinning!
Now, if you recall, this certification that I was completing is all about the Law of Attraction. Deliberate focus and going with your gut on which direction you choose. I was inspired to message her after reading about that guest I was interested in. I had no resistance when she messaged back with questions, which led to a phone conversation, which led to, what for me, was the opportunity of a lifetime! I accepted (again, honored and terrified) and wrote out my story. After a few edits and some conference calls with the other authors, Dare to be Authentic- Finding Your Authentic Self was created! A collection of stories about overcoming obstacles and turning them into positive outcomes!
I went on to do two book signings and bought a case of the Dare books with the intention of selling them. I sold a few and donated the sales to charities close to my heart. I found myself giving them away, as helpful tools for those who may benefit from reading the stories and realizing they are not alone.
We are not alone. Being authentic is simple, but it isn’t always easy.