Inspiration to take big steps often comes from others.
When I was 51 years old, I screwed up my courage and left behind the title, the pay check, and the prestige of the corporate world to become a writer. Many things contributed to my ability to make this huge move, but among them was seeing others who’d been brave enough to take a chance and pursue their dreams. My experience is true for many. We take courage from – we’re inspired by – those who’ve gone before.
Today, I’m sharing books that include the inspiring and encouraging stories of many writers. I’m honored to be among the writers included in these anthologies.
The Tending Your Inner Garden series includes four books of essays and poems contributed by many women writers.
According to editors Diane Glass and Deb Engle, “The voices of women across the country and globe speak of the joys and sorrows of everyday life, as well as those pivotal moments when life surprises us and prompts us to rethink our values and priorities.”
The writings in these books explore what women have learned from the four seasons:
- Fall – The Season of Wisdom and Gratitude
- Summer – The Season of Beauty and Resilience
- Spring – The Season of Hope and New Beginnings
- Winter – The Season of Rest and Renewal
Inspiration also comes from around the world through the My Gutsy Story Anthology. Editor Sonia Marsh told the story of her family’s gutsy adventure in a memoir Freeways to Flip-Flops. Since then she’s encouraged others to share their own gutsy stories. She’s collected the stories of 65 writers in the anthology she published this year. It’s available on Amazon.
According to Marsh, “What makes these stories unique is the authors’ willingness to openly share the obstacles they surmounted, and the strength they developed to overcome doubt, fear, rejection, and grief. These stories of love, courage, and adventure will inspire you to follow their lead and experience your own gutsy adventure.”
The approaching new year prompts many of us to consider where we are in our lives and what might be next. Those resolutions may go by the wayside because we think the task is too big or we can’t see how to do it.
If you or someone on your gift list could use inspiration to take that next big step, you just might find that encouragement in these books.