I Don't Believe in Coincidences

So, I have a confession to make... no, wait!   I need to know if I can be transparent with you?  Will you be gentle with me, knowing what I’m going to tell you?  I am once again being brutally honest as I was in my book, MOMMY MEMOIRS, and now, here I go again on my blog.  But you have to know this in order to really enjoy the next four blog posts I’m going to write this week! 

So here is the confession…this book stuff and blogging stuff and social media stuff is really hard, and discouraging, time consuming, frustrating and exhausting and complicated and mind boggling and…and…and…but, I don't believe in coincidences anymore!  Why?  Read on...

Despite the fact that I am a living contradiction of the old adage: “You can't teach an old dog new tricks!”, it’s still been more difficult than I ever imagined it would be.  Before the fall of last year, I used my computer mostly as a typewriter…plain and simple!  Didn’t really understand or “get” social media as a tool, couldn’t tell you much about how to blog and didn’t even own a Smartphone!  Since October, I have included a blog on my website, to which I also add “doctored” photo images, since those grab reader’s attention…and an occasional audio version of my blog post as well for my audience to hear the real me!  I have been “tweeting” and now have almost 1400 followers (drum roll please!) and have a Facebook Author page which you can go to (Ann Van De Water- Author) to “like” and make this author very happy!  My book is out as an eBook, a paperback and will be available as an audio book on May 1st!  Whoop-de-do…so what? I feel like I’m banging my head against a rock.

Why am I telling you this?  Why do you need to know?  Well, I’m telling you all this to explain why the next four days’ blog posts are going to be extra special, right before Easter!  You see, all of this new information and education about social media, marketing and blogging, and everything that I have learned to try to make a go of it with my book, has taken every last ounce of energy and determination.  How have I done with it you may ask?  Not well!  I have had countless meltdowns, four of monumental proportion at different times, occurring rather randomly but consistently every 3-4 months or so.  And the reason I am telling you this?  I am setting this all up for you, because I want to share with you the reason why I haven’t thrown in the towel.  And it's pretty amazing, if not "hair raising up on your arm" fantastic!

You see, I have literally hit a wall on four different occasions where I have come to the end of my rope and my reserves and even thought to myself each time, “I wish I had never written my book!”  But then, something happened the very next day after each meltdown that gave me hope and helped motivate me to keep on keeping on…find out this week how I have remained inspired!  I kid you not: these things really happened!  I don’t believe in coincidences anymore!