This is the young woman I met this summer who has already published her first book . When I met her she had just finished high school and was enjoying her summer before college starting by working on her next book. Her name is Micaela Luque and her book is Who We Are. I tried to pick her brains at an event I was invited to and it was so cool to listen to her explain to me that she just wrote her book, and then self published it.
I sat there with what I am certain looked like a crazy person face, just staring. "So you just wrote it and published it?" I asked. Her sweet shy reply was, "yes." I am sure I asked this repeatedly. There was wine involved as we were in wine country, so she might have written my weird look off to having too many glasses of wine. She was very kind. I am certain I looked back and forth between her parents with the same stupid crazy look of, you just let her write a book and publish it?
I think there is a point for all of us where we stood in that precious world of youth, before someone told us that our idea was stupid, to just fall in line and grow up. The blessed stay in that place of following their heart and gut. I want to raise my kids to live in that space of following their hearts desires.
Looking around that day it was clear to see Micaela is surrounded by a family that fully supports her dreams. It was absolutely beautiful to see with my own eyes.
Having witnessed this, I was surprised when I listened to her describe who she thought a writer was and her unease at initially calling herself a writer.
After meeting her, the seed was already planted in my soul again. I want to realize my dream of being a writer too. The thoughts churned in my head for weeks, but I still found myself waiting for someone to tell me it was okay for me to do this. I was waiting for the Universe to tell me it was okay.
The Universe spoke to me through Theresa on that fated night in July while we sat sharing a nice summer night & dinner & a margarita at the sidewalk table at Jose Muldoons downtown. Theresa gave me a life homework research project to find out what it would take to start the blog. Instead that night I went home and bought my domain name and started my blog. It was the best thing I have done for myself in decades!
Now I am trying to figure out how I go from blog writing to book writing, so I have been reading and listening to people who have put out there onto the internet how to write a book.
You know what these writer's say? They say, sit down and start writing, just start writing. 2015 will find me being a writer, writing my blog and writing a book.
Click here to learn more about Micaela and her book Who We Are.