Someone asked me recently what it’s like to write two books and how did ever I find the time to do it.

I’ve thought about that question a lot over the last week or so and came up with a lot of different ideas.

I think there is a misconception that when something is launched or published, that that is where it began. And while sure, I know that no one genuinely believes that a book is written overnight, what I mean is that people don’t really think about the time and often struggle that goes into getting it to a certain point.

My new book “Glitter, Duct Tape and Magic,” which I’m excited about being released in 20 days, has been a work in progress for more than three years. First, the book started as a dream that I thought a lot about – and even made the time to write a few chapters on. Then, as a goal, which I put on a calendar, and blocked out time weekly to write on it. Finally, as a commitment, hiring Maggie McReynolds to help me stay accountable and to edit my writing.

It’s easy to compare our selves with someone else’s finished project, trust me. I have done it far more times than I want to admit to you. Yet, I want to encourage you STOP THAT. Those days I wrote or re-wrote or just sat at the computer and stared at a blank screen were just as amazing as the actual book itself.

Just like everything in life, it’s a journey, a process and it’s always evolving. Yes, I’m excited about the release of this book, which I promise will be shared here soon. (okay, probably a lot) But, really, I’m more excited about the fact that I showed up, even when I didn’t feel like it to take on the journey.

When things get tough, when you feel like giving up, just remember, behind everyone’s success, is a lot of sweat, often many tears and lots of failures. Most of us in business are just a HOT MESS who keep on trying!

Carry on my friend – you’ve got this, I believe in you.