When I started Author Your Life, it was an experiment -- a way to test whether writing about the life I wanted to have could actually help that life come true.
And once I knew this process worked? Well, then the gloves were off. At that point, I decided I would write big, audacious, heck-yeah stories that had me doing amazing things liiike...
> Going with my 81-year-old dad on a luxury cruise up the Rhine River (see picture below of us at a wine tasting in Rudesheim, Germany).
> Treating myself to diamonds and champagne in Antwerp, Belgium.
> Having impractical and life-changing adventures because we only get one story, and we might as well make it good.
But what I wasn't prepared for in all this? Was the fear. Because once you take a huge leap, you're in the air, and there's nothing to do except try and stick the landing.
If I'm honest, I had so much anxiety about ...
> How to pay for everything. Would it be okay financially, or was this a terrible, foolish use of money?
> Was I worth this? Did I really deserve to have any of these amazing experiences?
> Would it all work out? Would everything be okay in the end, or would disaster strike in the middle of the adventure?
The one thing that I've learned in the process of doing this is that writing your story is an act of faith. It's a signal that your heart is willing to believe something new, something bigger than it's believed before. And wow, is that an uncomfortable place.
Fear can set in like it did for me, and you can wonder if having this much faith was a mistake. And that's precisely when you need to keep going.
It wasn't a bad thing that I felt fear. It only would have been disastrous if I'd let the fear stop me.
Here I am, not letting fear stop me, at a jaw-dropping cafe that looks like a church in Antwerp.
So tell me, what great and powerful story will you write for yourself?
If you need help as your figure it all out, try using these prompts in your story and see where your pencil leads you:
> [Your Name] has permission to do impractical and audacious things. Her story can be as grand as she wants.
> [Your Name] has faith to keep going. She knows that faith and action go hand-in-hand. She takes practical steps toward her dreams.
> [Your Name] feels her fear and keeps going anyway.