I am very proud to share my latest project with my you. Shine! Inspiring Stories of Choosing Success Over Adversity. Volume Three. I co-wrote this book with 9 other authors. It launched last Wednesday and became a best seller shortly thereafter.
You can find the book at this link: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07NZCTD5D/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_PHYFCbY7M28Y2
Each week, I do my best to share tips on keeping our bodies physically fit but keeping ourselves healthy mentally is just as important. In Shine, you will find true, touching stories of how regular people like yourself have dealt with challenging times. Each author shares their personal story of overcoming adversity and offers practical tips and advice on how to help you do the same. We all need to hear some good news once in a while and this book delivers with interesting, realistic approaches to handling life’s surprises!
Here is an excerpt from my chapter in the book:
“Using the Power of Positive Thought
Over the last 20 years, I’ve helped many people reach their fitness goals. I’ve had a front row seat to see my clients succeed through very challenging circumstances and their dedication and energy has kept me going all this time. I have watched obese students lose weight and reverse disease. I have watched stroke victims shatter expectations and dance! I’ve motivated through great music, interesting exercises, lots of laughter and love but sometimes people wrongly assume that because I look happy and fit, I must have life all figured out. I can tell you quite pointedly that I’ve battled feelings of self doubt my entire adult life, struggled with depression and have dealt with crippling grief.
I was able to pull through these difficult times in my life because I knew that people were relying on me for support. This forced me to put one foot in front of the other when I felt like sitting still, and I came to understand the importance of being physically active as a cure. Let me state that again. If you’re struggling with negative feelings, exercise will help, and it is often the first thing that most doctors will prescribe. Because of my job, I felt well physically, and this gave me the energy to seek out ways to feel better mentally.
These adversities were difficult to overcome because mental health issues aren’t easy to discuss. Realizing that I had to tackle my emotions if I wanted to live my best life, I turned to books and eventually gained the confidence to start talking about my feelings with friends and family. Over the years, I have learned four valuable lessons that keep me on track to this day.”
I love creative non-fiction and I hope that you enjoy my piece in Shine. While it was hard to share my personal struggles I have done so hoping that my story might help others to persevere.
The book will be available in paperback by March 15th. I plan to order several copies and can put one aside for you. Just let me know.
See you soon,