Unravel: The Book/Workbook
It was summer of 2015 when I accidentally started writing a book (which I dubbed #BookTwo). I hadn’t planned to write one, and certainly not a book about everything I’d been experiencing with loss, grief, trauma, and PTSD.
The stories started tumbling out of me in the heat of that summer, and they didn’t seem to fit anywhere.
Not on my blog… not inside a program or ebook… and certainly not on social media. They were real, raw, and deeply detailed — the most honest words I’d ever written — capturing the most heartbreaking, challenging, and eye-opening moments of my journey.
“Oh shit,” I thought to myself one morning as I hiked up the mountainside behind my tiny Boulder bungalow. “I’m writing a book.”
The idea of writing a book absolutely terrified me. Partly because I was suddenly aware of the intention behind the words that had been tumbling out of me… they were meant to be shared far and wide, with anyone who desperately needed to hear them. That’s terrifying enough on its own!
Writing it was so incredibly painful and hard.
Each word felt like I was taking a sliver of my own soul and laying it down on the page. Each word was laced with tears and heartache. Every story was like a long, painful, soul-stretching birth.
When I imagined writing a book, I imagined sitting at cute and cozy coffee shops while typing away joyfully as I penned a memoir or self help book. I romanticized it. It would be easy and I’d be happy. It would be nothing like what I was experiencing as each story bubbled up from deep within and ripped a hole right through my heart as it emerged.
Eventually I stopped writing #BookTwo, because I realized I was still living out the ending of the story. I was deep in the depths of death and rebirth, not yet clear on the lessons and the gifts.
And I definitely had no idea where I was headed once I had them anyways, so I paused.
I lived my life.
I traveled and had new adventures.
I made awesome new friends.
I fell madly in love.
I uprooted my home, again.
I attempted to salvage my slowly dying business.
I faced into some pretty deep wounding and patterns.
I worked to release the grips of PTSD.
I struggled through the most stagnant months.
I ended my relationship with “the love of my life.”
I moved, again.
I pulled down seven years of content from my website.
I shut down my signature programs.
I started untangling even more patterns and beliefs.
I stepped back from anything that wasn’t aligned.
I faced the roots of my anxiety and panic attacks.
And I did deep, powerful work with so many healers.
I went through so much in the days, weeks, months, and years between when I accidentally started writing #BookTwo, and where I stand today.
I’ve learned so much about myself… but also more than I ever wanted to know about loss, heartbreak, trauma, PTSD, healing, and what it actually takes to reorient to your own life and relationships after being changed so deeply at your core. I’ve grown more in these last few years than I have in my entire life.
This season of living stripped me bare in the most intense, painful, and beautiful ways, and I’m so much better for it. This isn’t fluffy marketing talk, and I don’t say “I’m so much better for it” lightly. It was the hardest work I’ve ever had to do, and it took everything in me to stand where I stand today.
So now, I’m ready.
I’m ready to tell the story and write #BookTwo (now called #TheUnravelBook), because I know what it’s about. It’s a personal memoir that also sheds light on how we truly rise up and come back from the darkest, hardest chapters of our lives. How we uncover the purpose of the path we’re walking, especially when we’re at our most broken and beaten down. When we’re faced with more loss than we know how to handle… stripped to our core… forced to dive into our deepest wounding.
#TheUnravelBook has now evolved into a book/workbook… though I honestly can’t say if it’s going to be a book AND a workbook, or an actual book/workbook combo. Time will tell.
What I do know for certain is that I’m deep in the process of writing and creating this story and tool, because the words still hold the same intention as those early days. To serve and support whoever needs to read them and work through the exercises. It’s hard for me not to tell you everything I learned right now, because it’s so powerful.
I hope you’ll actively follow along as I create this work.
Here are some ways you can do that:
Grab the introduction for free and get on the waitlist to be kept up to date on the release of the book/workbook, which has a working title of “Unravel” right now. It’s a very rough draft, and there’s a very good chance by time it’s produced this will have changed… but it gives you an a place to start reading. Download it now…
“This is simply remarkable. The world needs to read this.”
“I cried. I smiled. I did a hands in the air move, and I’m cheering for you in a BIG way. Beautifully said, from the core of you. I can’t wait to hear more of your stories.”
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Follow me on social media, as well as #TheUnravelBook hashtag. I’ll be sharing shorter excerpts and sneak peeks as I’m writing, designing, and producing. Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube are where it’s at.
Grab my Awesome Life Tips® book to tide you over. It’s an older body of work, which means it’s very different than the coming book/workbook, but it’s something you can hold in your hand that will guide you on the path to living more purposefully. It’s a collection of 365 daily tips for living a more purposeful life. Click here to grab it now.