My Heart is Happy

I’m super excited! My husband and I sponsor two girls through World Vision. I have done it since 2009 with my first child and then we added an addition to our family in 2013 after we were married for a year.

We love World Vision and wished we could do more but we felt like what we were doing was exactly what God was asking from us. Well we just got a letter saying that one of our girls’ communities had graduated so our sponsorship of her is no longer needed.

We are super sad since in some ways we felt like she was a part of our family. But we are thrilled to see what God has done in her life and her community. So I pray for God’s continual protection over her and her family but praising Him for His blessing.

What does this mean for the next step? That’s what I am excited to announce. We still have our first child but we are now receiving a new member to our family.

God is good all the time and I look forward to getting to know our new child and how God will work in her life.

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Enjoying the Rain

Early this morning my daughter woke me up demanding a bottle. This is a normal occurrence when she is going through a growth spurt and teething. But this morning I got a surprise.

It started to rain and with all my windows open it was glorious. Living in CA people know we are in a drought so the occurrence of rain isn’t common so the fact I got to hear it at a time when everyone was sleeping was special. It felt like a little gift from God as a reward for all the very sleepless nights these past few months in my daughter’s life.

I appreciated it. It showed that there is refreshment right around the corner. Not just for our thirsty state but for me personally. This time with my daughter hasn’t been easy with her growing like a weed and cutting her last four teeth but it won’t last. Someday I will look back and miss hearing her cry for me at night. Soon she will be all grown up and I won’t know where the time went.

So I stood and listened to the rain this morning. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity. So is it with my daughter and the rest of life. I don’t want to miss anything.

Waiting in the Lull

Happy Thursday! We are almost to the weekend πŸ™‚ It’s been a slow kind of day for me and I realized it was probably because now I don’t have a ton of work to do when it comes to writing but rather just waiting.

I have been telling everyone I know that I have written a book and everyone is really supportive. But that’s all I do. It’s now up to everyone who knows to make the decision to buy the book or not. Even though I want everyone to buy the book that doesn’t mean anyone will. Not saying the book isn’t selling. For a first time, nobody author it is doing well which I am thankful.

So I will just keep spreading the word and getting my name out there. And to everyone who has purchased the book thank you so much. It will happen. I just have to be patient and just keep talking to people. Marketing yourself is much harder than I anticipated. With the next book Β in the Potholes series, there is so much more I would do differently. But that is what comes with learning and gaining experience.

I’ve been told to write what I know – done that. And now I just have to wait for others to read it, love it, and review it. πŸ™‚

Marketing and Writing at the Same Time

So Potholes has now been out officially for a week on Amazon.com and CreateSpace.com πŸ™‚ That is really exciting for me and my family since my dream has come true and I am a published author. There is just one problem – I want to publish more.

I can see now how people can get addicted to that publish buzz and I like it. So I guess I will be publishing more books and getting my name out there in the world more. The only tricky part is keeping things in line and staying focused.

With me now working on my new book “Set ‘Em Free A Guide to Going Braless”, I have to keep track and focused still on promoting “Potholes of Hope”. Not that I can forget my fiction novel since it is something that is very dear to my heart but I want to get my next book out too. I have my second book in review and will be looking to launch it soon and then I will probably have another project I want to work on like the second book in the Potholes series.

I just need to keep my head on straight and keep on one track. I don’t want to get overwhelmed and then give up. I want this to be a success. Any way, just another day in life of Gracelyn Asay. I’m just busy raising my daughter, taking care of my husband, and publishing books. It’s a good life and I wouldn’t change it for anything πŸ™‚

Something Fun

So I was thinking today about what my next project will be. I have had “Potholes of Hope” out for almost a week and I am really happy with how well it is doing. Thank you to all who have purchased a paperback or down loaded the Kindle edition. But now I want to work on something else and I have had this project for a book in the back of my head for a while now.

I have decided to write a little self-help guide type book on going braless. I don’t think many of my friends know but I am a huge advocate for the braless movement. There just wasn’t any good advise out there online about it though when I decided to do it. Some sites had the pros and cons but there wasn’t anyone out there saying here is how you get started.

Another thing that I didn’t expect was the emotional side of it. I know it sounds weird but there was. I had to learn to relax and have confidence in my body the way it was without depending on something like a bra to shape me in the way I should look. So I had to grow past that part of it too and those steps are also in the guide.

Now if you are someone who is already self confident then that might not interest you but there are other things in it like shopping tips and what to do if an accident occurs and how to prevent them in there as well.

These aren’t everything that someone can do to be braless but they are my personal journey and I just wanted to share what I have learned with the world.

So keep an eye out for that one. I don’t have a launch date since it’s not finished and I have to do some more research on promoting and launching a self-help book. If any on my readers are familiar with that field a comment on this post would be appreciated.

Happy reading! πŸ™‚

Starting the Day

Have you ever had those days where it seemed it would take an act of God to get you out of Β bed? Well for me that’s what happened this morning.

There were just too many factors that made me want to stay in bed: a cool morning, my daughter want not screaming to get out of crib, and my husband had already left for work. There wasn’t any urgency.

But what if I stayed in bed? Nothing would get done and trust me there is always alot to get done around here. But sometimes taking a moment just to be still is nice too.

I got to listen to the birds sing and my rooster crow. They were enjoying the morning. So that was my cute to get up. It was nice to be wokenΒ up by nature and not a screaming toddler for once. But now it’s time to start the day. πŸ™‚