“No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit.”
Hillary Clinton was so right in articulating that “It takes a village” to raise a child as she wrote in her corresponding book by the same name.
It takes a village to do a lot of other things as well, from winning a team sport to launching a dream. Sometimes, if you’re like me lately, you may reach the point of exhaustion before calling in support from others or delegating responsibilities.
Yet, the more we reach out, and accept the expertise of others, the more we can each grow as a person. We all have strengths and weaknesses; leaning on others when it expands or refuels us is healthy.
Right now, I am about to launch my book Cancer as a Love Story: Developing the Mindset for Living. The past few months I pulled several “all nighters” with last-minutes edits, often jumping out of bed to jot down one more crucial thought to include. Then, I worked extra part-time jobs to finance the book. Truth be told, I am running on empty these days, and I am making sure I take time to rest. A few massages have been scheduled!
In two weeks, my official book launch, I will be hosting my first author signing in Cave Creek, Arizona. There will be a team to support me, from the musician who will play music following the signing, to a friend who will help set up the books-for-sale table.
I know for sure, that this calling that came to me in the middle of the night five years ago, could not have reached fruition without the help of many, many others. I am so grateful for all the friends and loved ones who stood by throughout this intense journey of reinventing myself from the inside out. Several healers also provided generous acts of care that enabled me to share leading-edge resources with my readers. I have acknowledged them all in my book.
Right now, I also am grateful for my editing, technical and marketing teams, who upgraded the content and image of my book and its presence on Amazon in ways far greater than I imagined. Thank you Demi Stevens of The Year of the Book, Rose Russo of Pathways Graphic Design, Foster Coburn III of Graphics Unleashed, Jarred Stanley of Newburyport IT, and Nancy Wolff Leary of Online Amplify. Your commitment to excellence is carrying me to the finish line and beyond. I would love to think we are all part of a bestseller in the making!
For my dear clients and Support Matter blog readers, I also am grateful to you for all the years you have stood by, and listened to my counsel, or responded to my words.
One of the key words that drives me now is reciprocity, the give-and-take in healthy relationships. I am blessed to have grown so many of those types of relationships in the past few years. Thank you for being part of my healing journey.
My new book shares an in-depth look of that journey. It is divided into three parts: the first third helps those newly diagnosed with cancer, and the other two-thirds of the book offer lots of tools and techniques for helping anyone through various types of change (career, relationship, loss, or lifestyle) create a new mindset for living in optimal ways.
If you would like to pre-order a signed copy of Cancer as a Love Story, email firstname.lastname@example.org. As a bonus, I will send you “The 8 Characteristics of Long-Term Cancer Survivors.” These tips, which I gleaned from my three-month participation in The Mind Body Program for Cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital, can apply to anyone seeking to increase their longevity.
Bless you all…and may my book, with your help, reach the millions who need it.
I took the above photo by a village market in Ogunquit, Maine, during my recent trip there to view fall foliage.
Gail Kauranen Jones is an intuitive coach, gifted wordsmith and inspiring teacher who has been leading others through transformation for more than twenty years. She is the author of two books, Cancer as a Love Story: Developing the Mindset for Living, and To Hell and Back…Healing Your Way through Transition. Both books were met with rave reviews on Amazon and elsewhere.
She recently appeared as a guest “worthiness coach” on CBS TV’s award-winning talk show The Doctors and on Sirius FM Radio. Her articles and “tips” on worthiness have also appeared several times in Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper.
She has taught many leading-edge workshops at top spas and wellness centers. She now leads Zoom group coaching programs and is a guest speaker at many related events.
Gail lives a passionate and simple life writing, hiking, connecting in meaningful ways, aligning in joyful collaboration and thriving in nature.