I am feeling really humbled at the moment, but at the same time I feel really impelled to share this with you like a news flash…Dreams Really Do Come True: Beauty Detox Foods Hits #2 on the NYT Bestseller List (and is the #1 health/diet/nutrition book in the country!) Yes, dreams do come true!!!
Of course it’s something we’ve all heard a million times, at least in a wish-upon-a-star kind of Disney fantasy way. And if you watch the Oscars or the Olympics you hear those people talking about their dreams, but maybe you think that such goal-achieving “stars” were born with superhuman talent or features or athletic bodies, which you don’t believe you have.
But let me tell you that dreams do come true, for “normal” householder people like me and you! Mine just did, when I was crowned a New York Times Bestseller yesterday! I want you to know that it really does happen. The reality is that we all have an infinite reservoir of creative power and unlimited potential. So if you tap into the infinite power that you have within you, you can achieve your dreams also. Movie stars and Olympic athletes may have different pursuits, but it in no way makes your dreams any less valid…or unattainable. You have to work your butt off, but if you can realize that truly, the potential is there, you would see that you too can make your dreams a reality!
If there is something that stirs you, there is a good chance that a piece of your heart lies in that pursuit, or is at least related to some creative aspect of that subject. That is not something that should be ignored or pushed away. Success will follow you when you follow your passions and inspirations. What inspires you?
For me, ever since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a published author. The idea of freely writing about what you love and believe in, and getting paid for it, and getting to spread your ideas spread far and wide into the public consciousness has always definitely been a huge dream of mine. Do you remember the movie Miss Potter? You might have missed it- it’s a tad on the girly, slightly “slow” side, but I love it! Renee Zellweger plays the part of Beatrix Potter, a British author…and anyways, the whole point of my little story on this is that there was a part in the movie where she gazes into the windowfront of a store and sees for the first time her book displayed in a neat little stack in the window. And she whispers to herself in the most satisfied, joyful way (in a British accent)…”I am now a published author!” That part of the movie literally made me sniffle and cry, and touched something in me. Also, my apartment in New York is in Greenwich Village, and I would always wander around the one-way streets reflecting on all the famous writers that used to write in the neighborhood. I too wanted to be a published author!
Some years ago, I mustered up the courage to even thinking about writing a book. I started to pull together some writing samples, and did research on putting together a package for literary agents. I didn’t even think about the book selling well, I was just thrilled at the notion of having my writing published and be in actual bookstores. Who the heck was I anyway? I had only started a tiny nutrition blog that had like 50 readers. I was thrilled when 50 people would read one of my blogs! It didn’t even occur to me to focus on making it a best-seller. Or maybe and probably, I didn’t dare to dream that big.
Things didn’t come together fully for a while, but I kept the dream in sight, as I kept writing away on this same original blog, which has had many design changes since but retains the same heart and spirit of the blog I started years ago. Finally, I finished the writing package, and after many months of sending it out to literary agents, and dozens of rejection letters, Hannah came into my life. Just like that, like a poof of magic. I believe there’s magic in all of our lives, if we are receptive to it. Hannah was a literary agent that believed in me, and we hit it off, and she liked my writing and my philosophy. More months followed as we worked on perfecting a package to go out to publishers with. I loved the writing and editing process, though there were many long and hard nights. I kept the dream in sight. Then we were ready. After more rejections, Sarah showed up. She was an editor from a big publishing house. Another woman who seemed to really understand me from the start…or saw the potential light beneath the muted confidence.
Anyways, we’ll speed up with story now. We worked on the first book, The Beauty Detox Solution, which was an enormous challenge. It took me over a year to write it, and it was a major process to piece the philosophy together in the right way so it would read in a logical and cohesive way. I spent many a long night working on it, and I almost broke down a few times, it was so much solitary and hard work. By that time, I had kept writing on what I believed in, and gotten national magazine and TV attention for my work. I had also attracted celebrity clients, who I started working with (though I didn’t necessarily seek them out or plan to be a “celebrity” nutritionist), and so my prospects for writing an actual successful book seemed brighter.
Dare I dream of being a bestseller? No, you silly thing! I sometimes caught myself telling myself. Just be happy if you can actually publish a book! But I did dare to dream. I would imagine it and started picturing the “bestseller” banner etched on the top of the book. I believed to the core of my being in my philosophy and how it could help others as it helped me, and every day my passion grew. I tried really hard to be a bestseller, and we did a lot of press and threw a big launch party. But I did not make the list.
Then…book #2 was offered. From the start, I verbalized that my dream with book #2, Beauty Detox Foods, was to be a bestseller. I was determined. I started saying affirmations to myself (yes I believe in them!), “I’m a New York Times bestselling author!” when I walked to yoga sometimes- though people walking by thought I was a loony toon. I printed the NYT best seller stamp and taped it to my fridge and bathroom mirror, so my eye was always on the prize.
When I got the call yesterday evening, and both Hannah and Sarah were on the phone, telling me that not only did I make the New York Times Bestseller list, but we made the #2 slot, and Beauty Detox Foods is the topselling health/diet/nutrition book in the country, it was very surreal. Because I could think back to when I first dared to dream about being an author…then allowed myself to dream I could be a successful author. My dream actually came true!
What about you? Are you daring to dream your dreams? Are you pursuing them? It doesn’t have to be limited to career- it could be in learning a skill, a hobby, being a great mom or dad. Maybe you want to start your own business or do something you love. Believe in yourself! Believe in your light and power. If you are really and truly authentically passionate about something, you will be supported if you relentlessly keep your dream in sight. You have to keep pushing forward.
We are all actually drops of consciousness from the Source, so just as one cell gives you a picture of the whole, a drop of the consciousness contains the unlimited potential of the Source. And that is the truth. You can achieve what you dare to dream. You have to dream it first. Then you have to follow up and keep working. But dreams do happen!!!
So if a girl that loved talking about health and inventing recipes in her kitchenette with 1 two-foot counter, that started a tiny nutrition and beauty blog in her tiny apartment can become the author of the topselling nutrition, health and diet book in the country, imagine what you can do!? If you dare to dream. I dare you.
Sending lots of love and gratitude,