Look what finally arrived in the mail! It’s been a loooong road writing, illustrating, and publishing my first children’s book. Proofing the book and finally getting it listed on Amazon. I’ve learned a lot along the way, and feel like I have a grasp of the enormous effort that goes into each book I’ve ever read. Especially all of our favorite children’s books I’ve read to my sweet little ones over the years.
Reading this book feels so right. Jake is a tribute to my kids, my love for them, my hopes and dreams for their future, my love of our family, our pets, my finding my own path, my evolution as an artist… it just feels like every aspect of my life rolled into one colorful little book.
As I flip through the pages, I think about why I wrote this book. And it all boils down to this… I wanted a book that will illustrate for my kids, and for kids everywhere, how to invite happiness right into their lives. Not by demanding external parameters to change. Not by hoping to be happy “one day” and putting it off into a future that never comes. Not by needing to make drastic life changes or be something other then the person you are. Just by staying right where you stand, and inviting joy in.
This little pig lives in a cage, and felt very very bored. By the end of the book, not only does he decided to return to his cage, but he invites every single thing he loved about journey outside of his cage to just come on in, and meet him right where he is. He didn’t need to know how to change things, didn’t need to figure it all out before he could become happy, didn’t need to change a single thing about his life except his own perspective. By becoming present, aware, and focusing on all the things he loves, he invites the world to flow to him. He doesn’t need to manage circumstances or conditions. Everything he could ever want can flow to him right where he stands. Or sits. Or “mweets” or whatever you call that adorable noise that guinea pigs make.
I’d like to share Jake with you first, dear readers. My Amazon page is a work in progress (right now the hardcover book is listed, pictures are being uploaded, and soon to follow will be the paperback version…) but I don’t need to wait until the *all* the conditions of my book listings are perfect before I let the positive energy of my book flow… I can share my joy over this book exactly where it is in it’s journey. Right where I stand. Yes, I know that Amazon listed MD as a second author 🙂 so it looks like Laura Koniver *and* MD are co-authors, instead of Laura Koniver, MD. But that’s the whole point. Should I put off my joy over this book until the Amazon page is absolute perfection? No! Because it might never be perfect. But I’m happy about it RIGHT NOW. Thrilled! And I want to give some copies away right now! Not when the listing is perfect.
I’d love to send one reader a hard cover copy and one reader a paperback copy. I’d love the two winners to leave a book review on Amazon after they’ve read the book!
To enter the give-a-way, just leave a comment below any time now through Sept 16th, and if you would be so kind as to help me spread the word about my book, I’d be honored. I’ll draw a two random winners and announce them next Friday, Sept 17th. xoxo