Day 3007 – Sneak Peek From My Alcoholism Memoir

This excerpt is from the chapter currently titled “Change.” It’s funny, I wrote the following months ago, but I find myself here again today. I did very little writing today. I’m at the point where I HAVE to write about my experiences. I have to dig deep into the things I only briefly shared in my testimony. I shared about being hung over at my friend’s wedding, in two sentences. But in the book, I shared a full paragraph. As I’m opening the door to the memories, they are flooding back. I’m remembering when I threw up in my mouth and had to swallow it. I’m remembering getting drunk, multiple times, in Vegas. I’m remembering get togethers where it really wasn’t appropriate to drink as much much as I did. I think at one such event, I drank at least 1 bottle of champagne myself, maybe even 2. My reason? There was a lot extra and it would be thrown out if not.

So it seems appropriate to share the following. Still no idea when it will be ready, but I might have a better idea after I finish the work on the experiences. Oy.

“I am very happy being sober. I’m glad I don’t drink anymore. But there’s something that happens to me. I can get down after I read about my sobriety, or read about another’s story of sobriety, or I engage in conversations about it. I sit here after a great conversation last night with another sober blogger. I find myself this morning very pensive and thoughtful. I feel sad. It strikes me that though I think I’m ok talking about my alcoholism, going deep into those memories and writing about them isn’t easy. I am the type of person that leaves the past in the past. If I think there’s an acceptable time to move on, I do. I try to live in the present. So why does it make me so sad? Maybe I’ve changed so much from that person I used to be that I don’t want to deal with her anymore? Through my learning about business, and life in general, I know the importance of the people you spend time with. If you want to grow, you have to be around folks who are a step or two (or ten) ahead of you. The Jennilyn of the past used any excuse to drink. She kissed a guy who had a girlfriend (before she met Bret). She drove after drinking. She broke the law. She could have killed someone while driving drunk. She needled her way into talking Bret into driving so she could drink many times. I want to leave her in the past. I don’t want to share her with the world. She isn’t worth my time. And yet, she is still a part of who I am. She is a Jennilyn I can measure my current self against. She lets me see how much I have truly grown. She shows me a person I never want to be again. And she can be a person to show others how much change is possible. She may not be my favorite person, but I wouldn’t be who I am today without her.”

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Day 2903 – Am I A Best Seller?

I check my Amazon stats every day or so. To see how many people have ordered using my Amazon link, and ordered one of my books. I really shouldn’t because I’m not getting serious traffic or money. Ha ha, but I still can’t help myself. Here’s a little known fact – it’s really easy to become a best seller on Amazon. I priced my book at $0.00 on Sunday, and shortly after, I was at #4 and #5 for two categories in the free lists. Yesterday, I was jumping around between 6 and 7 in a paid category.

To me, success in a book launch is just one more person making a change. I lucked out, and one of my reviewers had a change from reading the book, so the book was a success before it even launched. I will say, I am at the top if you search “Planning a road trip” on Amazon.

What do you think? What makes a book launch successful? What makes a person a best seller?

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Day 2769 – You Can Take A Cross Country Trip, No Matter Your Budget – or – Making Progress On My Road Trip Book!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve realized I am really, really, really passionate about encouraging others to follow their dreams, especially travel dreams. We’ve taken four cross country road trips and every time we tell people that, we get the “I’ve always wanted to do that!” I realize that I always say, “you should!” It takes planning, but I think you can do it for any budget.

As I’ve been reading some of my old blog posts about our travels, I realized in 2013, we were able to make the trip for just under $500 (there are lots of great tips here that I still follow today). We only stayed in one hotel and we took food with us.

Now, we’ve also taken trips that were well over $2,000. There is a budget for every type of road trip. But I’ll bet you didn’t think you could take a cross country trip for under $500, did you?

Make sure you’re subscribed to the blog to learn more about how we take these trips for so cheap. I hope to make a few videos about travel budgets on our YouTube Channel too. And hopefully soon, I’ll have a book you can buy with all our trips and experiences!

How do you save on your trips? Have you done a cross country trip for under $500? Tell me below!

Here’s a sneak peek at my first page! (I’m writing from the future and the book is done! Check out the link below)

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Day 2684 – My Next Book Is About Cross Country Travel And I Need Your Help!

I’m very happy to report that I have finally made some major progress on my book! It has become more of a devotional than anything else. My manuscript with with an editor/reviewer as we speak! The next step is finding a cover designer (any recommendations, pass them my way!) and then all the copyrighting/ISBN etc business and you’ll be able to buy my book on Amazon! It’s so weird to be this close! Eeeep!

If you haven’t picked up yet, I’m big into dreaming and doing the next thing even while working on another. So! I already have my next book in the queue! I will be writing on cross country road trips! I’ve obviously got a ton of material to work with and a bunch of experience. Bonus – I LOVE to talk about it! Every few weeks, I’ll get a message from someone asking for tips. I end up putting in a good 30-45 minutes giving them advice….and it never feels that long. I’m really pumped to write this book!

Here’s how you can help me! Tell me your questions about planning a cross country trip. I want all your questions. Crazy questions, serious questions, questions you don’t know if you should ask or not.

Hopefully, it will inspire more people to go to places like this…

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