Choosing Happiness is an inside job. Women who have discovered that the power is within them. Discovering this power is part of life’s journey. For some, it comes in a moment’s notice. For others, it is a process of connecting to their inner wisdom. For all, it is about going accepting that life will always have it’s highs and will always have it’s lows and embracing that with love, joy and happiness. Each woman’s story is one of inspiration. It takes courage to tell that story.
Twenty-seven women have stepped up to tell their’s in the new book Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: CHOOSING HAPPINESS. The book is dedicated to every woman who bravely chooses happiness for herself in the midst of life’s messiness. Every woman who chooses honesty over fear, authenticity over presentation and love over separation. Each of the chapter authors have not only bravely chose happiness for herself but also had the courage to step into and through the fear of telling their story. They did so because they each desire to, with an outstretched hand, uplift, empower and support other women on the path of self discover.
When the publisher, Linda Joy, approached me and asked me to share my story, I had such mixed emotions. I started asking myself such questions as:
~”Who me?” My story is not one that inspires. I haven’t had ‘tragedy’ in my life.
~”Do I really want to ‘relive’ the pain of my story by writing it right now?”
~”I’m in the middle of some of my own challenges, what will people think of me for Choosing Happiness with all that’s going on?”
These thoughts, as any negative thinking does, brought the ultimate one to the forefront: “With ALL the drama and trauma in life, who am I to be so bold, to be so audacious, to Choose Happiness?”
Thankfully, my daily spiritual practices rose to the occasion. I was able to rather quickly tame the chaotic chatter, soothe the elevating emotions and hear the whisper of my soul speak. “You, Laura, are EXACTLY the one to tell your story. You, Laura, have done this work. You, Laura, are here to share that: Yes, while you may not be able to stop the drama of life from coming to you. You are able to see what it is. Stop it from becoming trauma. You, Laura, are Choosing Happiness. You are EXACTLY the one to share your story.”
I am honored to be among these courageous stories. Each story provides it’s own empowering lesson to the reader. Each story offers a connection for you to see that whatever is going on AROUND you, you can always choose to go WITHIN you and Choose Happiness. Don’t get me wrong. This may not be as easy as “I choose happiness” Each woman has their own journey. That is why this is not just a book of inspiring stories. At the end of each chapter, there are reflection questions that allow you to discover your own belief systems that may need to be challenged, shifted or, in fact, supported.
Each Woman’s journey is unique. But, there is a golden thread that weaves among each of us connecting us from the center of our souls. This thread can be strengthened when we support each other’s own self discovery. That is why Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: CHOOSING HAPPINESS is an empowering book. It is designed to support your own unique journey. That is also why each featured author is providing <for a limited time> their own unique resources and tools for inspired living. I hope you embrace this opportunity. Grab the book and these resources and begin or continue to Choose Happiness each day, each moment in your own life!
None of us choose many of the circumstances we are dealt but we can choose how we move forward as we play the hand amidst adversity and change. The inspiring stories in Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Choosing Happiness will ignite you and show you that choosing happiness is a way to move forward in life.” Kristine Carlson, coauthor of New York Times best-selling book series Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.