My Book

Self-Worth: Between Fear and Love

In January of 2011 I began a project I had been considering for years. I wrote a book. I had started writing off and on with the hopes of ending up with a book since I had begun my never-ending (read: way too long and expensive to pay off) collegiate career. But it wasn’t until I finally had to give up on the relationship I wanted the most that I finally started filling out the pages. The book is was designed as an easy read, and it’s a mixture of stories and information on self-worth. The purpose is to help identify how self-worth works in our lives and show how easy it is to use our self-worth to change our lives so that we can experience growth towards the person we want to become. Self-worth is a life-changer. And it’s essential to living a happy, fulfilled life. The stories are honest and raw. The information I share is what I learned both through my studies and my life experiences, and what led me to the path I am on today.

 

Increasing our self-worth is an essential step for each of us to take. Understanding our own worth and learning how to function better within our own lives because of it not only helps us to feel better about who we are, but helps us to come closer to who we want to be. It helps us to grow. It helps us to feel happier more often. It helps us take steps towards alleviating our fears and anxieties. A lack of self-worth is the most common root problem we have. This book is your guide to changing that. You are worthy, even if reading that statement and letting it sink in makes you uncomfortable. We all have the chance to feel good about our lives and the person we are becoming. This book can lead you on your way. Get yours today!

For Kindle: (you don’t need a kindle, just an amazon account – the computer isn’t my preferred form of reading but it’s hard to beat the prices!)

On sale for $4.99

Self-Worth: Between Fear and Love

 

These are the blog entries that have portions of the book in them:

Day 5

Day 8

Day 10

Day 12

  1. Thanks for liking my photo-quote on loving your enemies. And thanks for taking on fear…and for quoting Maya Angelou. She left some amazing thoughts behind when she moved on.

    I have also written a blog on self-worth from a spiritual standpoint, and I thought I’d share the URL in case you might find it interesting: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/silencing-our-constant-inner-critic-tony-lobl?trk=mp-reader-card

    All the best!

  2. Thanks for taking a look at my site. I like the layout of yours, and the book you have made sounds like it touches on a very needed topic. I love what you’re doing.

  3. what steps did you take to copyright your book and get it published on Amazon?

    • I created a publishing company, looked through the createspace and kindle direct publishing information and used all the information they provided to figure out how they wanted things, formatting, ISBN’s, copyrights, etc and I did what they said. There are a few ways to copyright your material, that are pretty well explained, whether going through the writer’s guild or directly through the copyright center or simply publishing the material which depending on circumstances can work just as easily.

  4. http://lovelyseasonscomeandgo.wordpress.com
    Hi thank you so much for visiting my blog and the follow, I am enjoying reading your blog so much. Betty

  5. thank you for putting yourself out there. i am reading your words and think you are a very talented writer. thanks again. 🙂

  6. It is very cool to me that you are making your book available like this! Good on you!

    I am stopping by to say thank you for “liking” my recent blog post. It always gives me a little lift.

    So, thank you. 🙂

  7. great stuff Lauren! 🙂

  8. Thanks for visiting my blog and giving me a chance to discover yours. Hope to check out your book soon.

    Best wishes.

  9. Thanks for visiting my pages Laurenc

    Shirley Anne x

  10. Peace Love Wisdom Bliss

    one hundred million blessings

  11. I’ll be checking out your book. Congratulation. You may want to check out my fiction book over at Amazon as well entitled American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution.

  12. Dear Lauren: Your blog, even its title, speaks of a rare and beautiful soul on her journey towards self understanding and what Jung might call “Individuation” (sanctification?). I can’t wait to read your book, and noticed from one of your earlier replies, that you counselled others, did I read it right? I’m a counsellor or 6 years — and have recently embarked upon spiritual direction training, also.

    Many blessings to you and your lovely boy, and much success with birthing your latest ‘child’ — I trust it touches many lives, in most meaningful ways! Pax Christi, Alan

    • Thank you very much! That’s so nice of you to say! I really appreciate all of your kind words. I have a master’s in counseling, most of my formal counseling so far was in school, except for my practicum. But yes, that is my career path so far! 🙂

  13. I think you should create a facebook page for your book, so I can add it to my favourites. By the way I’ve already promised to lend out my/your book to friend because I know, not think it will help them out.

    • Thank you! I know I do. People keep telling me that. I just haven’t done it yet. I’m not sure why I fight it.

      • No more fighting and just doing! I actually have a waiting list for people wanting to read the book, and a few people looking unto buying it, it’ just a bummer it’s a pain to get it in Canada but it’s worth the effort.

      • If I find a way to make it easier, I will try to do that!! 🙂

      • By the way Lauren I referenced your book in one of my recent posts, hope that’s okay.

      • Thank you! I appreciate that. I’ve just gotten to get back on here, it’s a long story. But I’m glad. How is everything coming for your trip!? I saw you had the auction and all.

      • The trip is coming really well, I don’t know if you read my one post about Emily surprising every one by flying in from Haiti! Also I’m aiming for Nov 27th to leave. So you better start writing more because I’m sure once I’m there my blog will become 100 X more interesting :P. Excited to start reading your posts again!

  14. I love your writing. It is really transparent and heartfelt! I look forward to reading your ebook. I’m buying it today! warmest wishes, Denise

  15. Thanks for the like. I’ll be back for another look here when I’ve more time.
    Good luck with your book.
    Regards David Rory.

  16. if you write from the heart…express your passion……be afraid of derivation, and leave a little blood on every page you may find some semblance of satisfaction in your work…..best of luck….jwest hardin novels….jwest hardin road trip…bangkok living & travel

  17. I finally got around to reading your book. I am not done yet, but it is every bit as inspiring as I knew it would be. In fact, I am planning on buying a few paperback copies to share with any students at my new school in need of a little inspiration and self-worth.

    • Oh wow, I’m glad you are enjoying it so far! The part you wrote about sharing it – that is by far one of the most awesome things anyone has ever said to me, and you’ve made my whole week look up, which I appreciate!

      Also, just to share… I’ve always been interested in opening my own school as well. It’s so hard to truly have the student’s best interest in mind these days. And there is so much need and so many variables outside of school affecting the kids that it really has become a nearly impossible task for teachers to be effective. But my friend (who was a high school English teacher) and I used to talk about opening up our own school all the time.

  18. Purchased your book in paperback. Enjoyed it very much. I am wondering how many years it took to write the book. The book begins with a very mundane journey through a relationship with a boy, then the writing is completely different through the self-help part of the book, almost as if you became a new person in the process.

  19. This is long overdue, but many thanks for liking my post The Big, Fat Bloggy Stew, Shall We? (http://kittheelmarvel.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/the-big-fat-bloggy-stew-shall-we/). Congratulations on your book!! 🙂 And you have a fantastic blog, as well.

  20. Hi Lauren, thanks for liking my post! I just bought your book on Kindle! I look forward to reading it. I, too, am interested in self-worth and its impact on our decision-making. Thanks for writing and publishing it!

  21. Have you considered putting a cover picture/link of ‘Between Fear and Love’ on the sidebar?

    • Yes, but I didn’t know if it would make a difference, and I also wasn’t sure what I should link it to, although now I would probably go ahead and link it to Amazon, not Barnes and Noble. Do you have that as a preference? Do you think it would make it easier for people to find?

  22. Hi Lauren. Thank you for visiting my blogsite. I am new at this game and appreciate your recognition. I bought and have read your book which I found to be a brave, honest and thought provoking enterprise. I have been a student of Jungian psychology for many years and one of many points which you raised rang particularly true for me – the fact that we all are able to and are entitled to WANT things. Aside from the basic necessities of life, it is for me what we WANT that really matters. Unfortunately it seems that the questions ‘what do I want?’ or ‘is this what I want?’ are difficult ones for many people to ask of themselves. And even if we do ask them, they are even more difficult to answer. Yet these personal questions and answers are essential to us having any knowledge of ourselves. Whether it is lack of self worth or just the controlling influences of our society that prevent us from asking about our wants, I do not know. I suspect the latter, more than the former.

    • You’re right. The things we want are definitely important and valid. And naturally then, complex. Thank you for sharing, and also for reading the book! I really appreciate it! 🙂

  23. Thank you for visiting my blog. It is based on my book, Riding the Ox Home, a Zen Approach to Acting. I looked around your blog and it looks pretty cool. I will spend some more time reading your stuff a little later. I also liked how you laid out your blog, especially how you directed people to your book. I certainly have learned a lot from you. Thanks.

  24. Have you written any more books?

    • This is the only one I’ve written so far. I’ve started a few others, but mostly just ideas and outlines. I write lyrics in excess. But I don’t ever plan to publish those, unless I find a good musician and make them songs 🙂

  25. Sounds like an amazing book. 🙂

  26. Thank you for visiting my Children’s Story on mindandmatterdotcom. You have an excellent blog here. Keep up the writing.

  27. congrats on writing a book thats an impressive feat!! Takes bravery to do that beyond what I am capable of even if I had the talent LOL

    Garry

  28. I finally wrote a book, too, after wanting to since about, oh, the age of six. I’m editing right now. Congratulations on finishing and publishing!

  29. Good job on finishing! It sounds really very interesting.
    We’re keen to give it a go.

  30. Hi.
    Thanks for Visiting my site. I visited your site and think the idea of your book is awesome. I just bought it and can’t wait to read it!!
    Thanks again

  31. Lauren, thanks for visiting my blog. Congrats on publishing your book. I am in the process of writing my first book, and I am excited about this journey. I, too, had the idea for years until (last year) I finally put pen to paper (or fingers to laptop) and starting writing.

    Thank you for sharing your story. I pray that your book continues to touch people’s lives.

    Feel free to stop back by and visit.

    Rachel

    • Oh congratulations! I’m glad you’ve started. Keep going, and thank you for stopping by here. I really appreciate the prayers 🙂 And I pray the same for you! I’ll be back.

  32. Congratulations on writing your book! That’s quite an accomplishment. Your topic is an important one as many people struggle with these issues. Thanks for liking my post “Post Vacation Grace.” May you continue your journey with success and in peace.

  33. Moments ago, I was in the backyard, and drinking coffee, when the thought dropped down, like a cartoon bubble. My problem is self-esteem, the same as self worth. I don’t believe I can overcome the obstacles. Love your honesty. It’s rare!
    Will check out your book.
    Adventure on~>

    • Well, I think you can. And I hope you do! When I counseled I met lots of people with self-worth and self-esteem issues for all sorts of reasons. And it really is something that can be changed. It just takes some recognition and some work. And since it floated down like a bubble for you, maybe it wants some work now. Nothing is impossible… it’s hard to beat somebody who refuses to give up. I honestly thought that I wouldn’t overcome for an extremely long time. But you really can. Good luck! 🙂

  34. Thanks for visiting my site. Good luck with your book!

  35. Hello Lauren. I ordered your book today from Barnes & Noble. in paperback. It took some doing, but eventually the Barnes & Noble sales person helped me order the book. I am very much looking forward to reading it. I will have it in my hands in about a week. I can hardly wait.

  36. Your book sounds intriguing. We do learn a lot as we go through life… Thank you for stopping by my writing blog–and all the best with your life!

  37. Thank you liking my post with a ridiculously long name 🙂 I’ll be sure to get your book on my nook; it definitely sounds interesting 🙂 Your short back story above also gives me hope that I might one day publish a book! I have been working off and on on little stories and trying to find a set theme that I really like, but just knowing that it can be done this way makes me very confident!

  38. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my brief grammar lesson. 🙂 Congratulations on writing, finishing and marketing your book (two steps farther than me!).

    The description brings to mind another book I read that has some similar themes (murder of a family member, fear in everyday life) called “The Devil in Pew Number 7.” I got a lot from it and think you would, as well, although probably much more so given your own experience.

  39. Hi, I like your blog, and thank you for stopping by mine. I do appreciate it very much. Your welcome back anytime. Shirley

  40. Lauren, I really admire your courage and facing fear. Thank you for sharing and being so honest. Good luck with the book and thank you for stopping by my blog.

  41. Thanks for the like. Us writing parents gotta stick together. Best of luck on your endeavors, see you around the blogosphere!

  42. Thanks for the follow. Your book sounds really interesting and I’ll definitely be purchasing within the month.

  43. Thanks for liking my first guest blog post. You blog sounds interesting. I an hoping to write and publish as well. I’ll order your book. Thanks for following my blog. Come back again.. 🙂

  44. Congrats! 🙂 I found your blog and am looking forward to looking through it more!

  45. Thanks so much for the like! I will certainly check out your book , it sounds awesome. Have a great fourth and a wonderful week!
    Jim

  46. Don’t forget to check out Lulu.com and Smashwords.com. They both convert your document into different formats for different eReaders.

    Living with fear is awful. You’re always looking over your shoulder, or waiting for something bad to happen. I’m glad you have found your way to fight it. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

  47. Many years ago I read a book called “Loneliness: The Fear Of Love” by Ira Tanner– it was, literally, a life saver for me–books can change lives–I have had 6 books published and 3 of them were motivational—the letters I have gotten really impressed me–people need help–all kinds–the current series I am writing will, eventually, turn into another book IF I can get a good editor–I need one! LOL

  48. I have only scratched the surface of your blog but for $0.99 buying a copy of your book was an easy decision. Thanks for stopping to visit mine and my best to you and your son.

  49. This is a very brave thing you did, thank you for sharing (and for clicking like on my post).

  50. Thanks so much for liking my 1st post. Congrats on being courageous enough to write your book, I will put it on my reading list.

  51. Thank you for liking my post, but more importantly, congratulations on your book. We all have so much to share in the way of experiences and I think it’s wonderful and brave to put yourself out there and be vulnerable to the world in order to share your lessons.

  52. Lauren: Here’s to wishing you much success with your book. I hope it touches the hearts of many, resulting in empowered lives. Hugs from here.

  53. Just bought this for my Kindle. I’ll read it as soon as I can. Thank you for visiting my blog…I’ll be back to visit here!

  54. Thanks for talking the time to read my latest post,”The Most unlikely gift.” I appreciate it. Self-worth is a conversation I had with one of my friends yesterday. She explained that the reason certain things happened to me was because I didn’t know my own worth. Within that context, I truly believe what she said.

    It is so important to learn your own self-worth. I say learn because it’s harder to realize such an important tenant of your being. How can you realize something that you don’t know? That’s why discovery is so important. I didn’t fathom the idea of discovering my own self-worth because the thought never crossed my mind (which goes hand and hand with low self esteem). Enough of that, because I can talk about that all day, lol. Just know that I am in a much better place now. I still have my bouts with maintaining my self-worth awareness, but things will only get better (and have been).

    Take care and know that your words are providing healing for someone else (including me).

    Love & Peace,
    Herbie

    • That is exactly how I felt and what I didn’t understand when I was younger either. I really did not realize just how much of a difference it could make just realizing that worth exists! Thank you for sharing and for visiting here! 🙂

  55. Thanks for checking out my ost “The most unlikely gift.” My blog has been birthed out of a pretty dark time in my life. It gave me an outlet to express thoughts that may have otherwise remained confined. I too, find that it is cathartic to write. Writing music also helps me because it keeps me honest. Through my life experiences, I have learned how to look or the positive in everything. I don’t always get it right, but I’m more conscious of the beauty in simple things everyday. Nice post and keep going.

    P.S. I’ll have to read your some of other posts in time because this little phone screen is not doing the trick!

  56. Congratulations on your first book!! You are very inspiring!

  57. Just got your book and 1/4 way done. Thank you for sharing such personal aspects of your life. I have been able to connect with it, mainly because we are around the same age. It has really made me think of how fear has been controlling me. Something I needed to hear from someone my age, not 40 years older than me. Can’t wait to finish it.

  58. belonginsolidarity

    I hope for much success with your book, having read a few of your post and noting that you certainly have a mind and heart for all things psychological. I can tell that every word you have put to paper(even with digital ink!) will have great insight into the ways a lot of us don’t look at ourselves how we should. Thank you.

  59. thank you for reading my post,. appreciate it 🙂

  60. Brilliant! So lovely to read about your work, thank you for your visit to my blog 🙂

  61. A big congrats to you for Doing It. There is so much potential (energy) in all of us, and it takes a certain *something* to turn it into kinetic energy…hooray for you that you did it!

  62. Looking forward to reading your work. Shalom!!!

  63. Lauren….thanx so much for the visit & like to my blog. Just got your book and about to while away the afternoon with it……shalom en theos†††jim
    http://www.jimwork.com

  64. Hi Lauren,

    Thanks for liking my post. Your “likes” give me more motivation and spur to trudge on as a blogger.

    Thanks,
    Karen

  65. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I look forward to reading your book! All the best!

  66. The book looks great. All the best to you.

  67. Thank you for stopping by my blog yesterday! What with just starting out and all, it was quite exciting for me. As someone who believes that what you choose to see in the world around you, and what you bring to it, are the things that determine your happiness, I very much like your blog, and I am sure your book is wonderful as well! You are one of those fortunate enough to understand happiness – what a gift to share it with others.

  68. Thanks for liking my blog post. Hope you’ll keep visiting! Looking forward to reading more of your work!

  69. Thank you for your visit. While at times those boot straps we must pick up ourselves by to move about living can sometimes be heavy… Oh foo…I’m just not where you are at yet to publish…though I love to write. I don’t have a kindle. And I’m not techie enough to do down loads of stuff or figure out how to buy anything online. But I do admire folks who can overcome fear and even with chagrin – promote themselves. My sites promote other writing sites, communities and writing prompt sites. You might enjoy a visit to this free writing community: http://www.writingourwayhome.com – a possible avenue to enjoy other writers and also promote yourself. Cheers.

  70. Wow…. what an experience to put your whole journey into words…such a cleansing process…long and difficult. blessings, light and strength to you as you continue on your path…. (glad you passed by my blog and liked the post ….)

    namaste.

  71. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Seriously impressed with your book reviews, will endeavor to read it soon

  72. All the best and many blessings with your book/

  73. I wanted to come by and thank you for liking so many of my posts. It’s very supportive as I am new to the blogging community. It means a lot, I am checking out your blog and I really love what I see here. I am looking forward to reading more by you. Again thank you.

    Warmly,
    Applejaxe

  74. Thanks so much for liking my post! Your blog really resonates with me, and it’s so nice to hear about your journey. I think you are very courageous! Thanks again.

  75. Congrats on finishing your new book. I too aspire to write a book. I’m sorry for the loss of yiur family member. I pray that God continues to bless you and keep you.

  76. Thanks for liking my post “Color Your Room.” Best wishes for your book. Getting your story down in words is a powerful project!

  77. Hi, Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  78. Hi Lauren,

    I wanted to thank you for dropping by my blog today. Hope you enjoyed today’s post, and had a chance to check out the new book blog.

    Per your thoughts on self-worth: I could not possibly agree more. When asked, I trouble identifying what my novel is about; however, I do know that self-esteem is a main theme throughout. I think all YA books should involve some element of self-worth/self-esteem, as teenagers battle mightily with it.

    Congrats to you on publishing your book!

    ~ Cara

  79. Sounds like a great read. I will check it out. A fine title.

  80. Congratulations on your book! That’s an awesome accomplishment!! As a side note, how’d you like working with Create Space? I’m considering using them for a book, and some inside help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks 🙂

    • It was fairly easy and they were always responsive and helpful for the most part. I used their template to get the sizes but formatted it on my own…I didn’t use their premade covers of anything.

  81. Thank you for stopping by my site and your book sounds like A Can’t Wait Read Book !

  82. definingmomentsblog

    Thanks for liking my post “Unconditional Love?”. I think it’s fantastic that you have written a book! That’s something long overdue on my list and I hope to achieve “author” status someday!

    http://definingmomentsblog.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/how-can-an-unconditionally-loving-god-have-conditions/

  83. The description of your book sounds very interesting and it reminds me of a book I wrote about self development and self-help. It is about my experience through life so far and what I’ve learnt in order to be the person that I am today.

    Maybe you should check it out when it is up on my blog. I will check yours out too because I think it would be a good read.

    My ‘I am changing’ post has information in it that is in the book and I thank you for liking it.

  84. Thanks Lauren for stopping by to Like my ‘first’ post on my switched over to WordPress blog. Your book sounds wonderful. Great topic ‘self worth’ – I’m sure the prostitute at Simon’s house could give a big Amen and a Hallelujah! Blessings of fullness to you.

  85. Your book sounds pretty awesome…maybe you could do a guest blog for me and I could promote your book at the same time!

  86. Vivid Reality

    I’ve been on the hunt for a new book to read…. I think I found it! (:

    • Thanks! It’s good, I promise! I’m trying to get amazon to let me put it on sale, the kindle version next week. They told me it would be easy, but it’s been a but of a process. So hopefully next week it will be. If you look at the pages with the excerpts you can see if you think you would like it. I don’t want anyone feeling like they wasted their money if it’s not their type of book. 🙂

  87. Thank you for subscribing to my blog getting as much support as possible is needed, I’ll be sure to read your posts, once again thanks for the support I wanted to thank you myself!

    • And thank you for stopping by mine! 🙂

      • I might as well make a comment about the book now that I have it 😛 It’s great and helping me realize a few things from my past that are very similar to your stories but yet so different. I really enjoy your writing style most other people I get bored with. Now to get your book in stores everywhere.

      • Haha! Yes that’s the goal!!! 🙂 If we can do that I can write a second one… although I don’t know what I’d write about. Thank you so much for your support!

  88. I will have to work toward getting and reading your book. I must say that when I finally discovered self worth my entire life changed.. it is an evolving journey for me now since the age of about 40.. I am now 43..

    Thank you for sharing this..

    • It really is a life-changing thing! I’m very excited that you found it! I’m trying to work with amazon to get it cheaper. They won’t let me put the paperback on sale. But I think I’m going to get to put the e-book on sale. Hopefully soon!!

  89. Thanks for the like. I understand the college thing. I feel like to much time in University burned me out of what I have my degrees in. I started writing because it was the one creative thing I could stomach, and I had always wanted to write. Good luck with your endeavor

  90. thanks for dropping in!! I will
    be writing some more extracts soon. Keep writing

  91. Thanks for the “like!”. I’m new to the whole blog world…so I really do appreciate you taking the time to read my little post! Congrats on your book…what an amazing accomplishment!

  92. Thank you for your encouragement from (@rebtoz)
    https://www.facebook.com/rebecentreGIULIO
    🙂

  93. I searched for you book on iTunes yesterday and couldn’t find it. I wanted to download it to my iPad to read. 😦 I’d just download it to my Kindle app, but I have gift certs to use for iTunes. Any reason why it’s not on there or maybe I could request it on there, you think?

  94. Thanks for the ‘like”! (you are the second person that I don’t “know” to like the post, so that was pretty exciting to see that I reached someone ‘out there’. Been reading your “Days” posts. You are insightful, honest and bring the reader in. You seem young but wise. I look forward to reading more in the future. PS – 3 yr olds are great! 4 yr olds are even better. Enjoy!

  95. Thank you for reading and liking my blog. Your book sounds like it was a healing experience to write and that it will help others.

  96. Thanks for liking my post “An old sonnet of mine.” That’s awesome that you were able to finish your book. I’ve tried several time to start my novel, and I’m back to the brainstorming part again, but things are optimistic. I’m doing more research, and I’m planning on doing a detailed outline this time around so I don’t founder after the first ten thousand words. Thanks again.

    • That sounds like a good plan for starting your novel. I used to hate outlines, but I ended up doing one about half-way through writing this book. It was a rough outline, but it gave me great focus and direction to get it done. I highly recommend it! Good luck! 🙂

  97. Thanks for reading and liking my blog “Between blessings and curses”. I like the positivity you share to others. Keep it up!
    Congratulations on your book, and all the best to you!

  98. Congrats on finishing your book. It looks great. I really value the importance of sharing our stories. I think we can help each other out just by sharing. I added it to my kindle wish list! and thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂

  99. There is so many books about how to feel…What to do to change your life…yet not so much about real people trying out the information….I am glad to see you along the path…..:)

    • As writers we get to choose what we write about, self improvement is a noble endeavour and even more so when trying to share our experience of it. If we can help just one other person with our story then we are adding to this world. Even now, the self help shelf in your average bookstore is woefully small. Let’s increase it with our contribution.

    • Thank you, I agree. That’s one of the reasons I wrote it! I find there to be a lot of distance sometimes when I’m trying to read books that are self-help because it’s not really written about the person’s experiences, and I think that makes it harder to relate sometimes. Not that there aren’t good books out there still. 🙂

  100. Thank you for reading my post on God’s Enduring Love at heulu.wordpress.com
    Self worth is the most precious thing to preserve/ protect in a person’s life. I believe it goes back to knowing that you are a child of God and God loves you.

  101. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and liking my “a beautiful agony” post!

    I’m very interested in this book you’ve written, and plan on checking it out. Self-worth is something I’ve struggled with for a long time. I think it comes with the territory of being an artist…add on top of that several experiences in life that tore down what little self-worth I had, and, well…yeah, it’s not easy!
    But I’ve made some great strides, and I think I would really enjoy your book.

    Congratulations on finishing your book, what a wonderful accomplishment! 🙂

    • Self-worth was my biggest struggle that I had over the course of my life. Finding self-worth and finding out why to believe in myself and my worth and coming to understand is the most beneficial thing that has ever happened to me. I think when you are in a field that is based solely on the subjective nature of others like the arts are it’s incredibly difficult to maintain self-worth and self-esteem. When you put in the work and the love that accompanies art it can be daunting day in and day out to figure out how to do what you want to do with it, because you are dependent upon other people as well. Thank you for your kind words and for dropping by. I really like your portraiture. You do good work! 🙂

  102. I am looking forward to reading your book. It is so important to share our stories. You never know who it may help to find strength and perseverance. So glad you found a way out of the darkness.

  103. You are brave – thank you for sharing. And thanks for liking my post too!

  104. I enjoyed reading about your blog today… you have a great way of making complex feelings and ideas, very chewable 🙂 Great stuff – looking forward to following your posts and reading your book !

  105. Congratulations! I wish you all the best with your book! I hope to follow in your publishing footsteps…I plan to e-publish my first book “The Vampire Diet” in the Kindle, Nook sort of outlets too (it’s humor and non-fiction, so no worries about competition ;). It is so encouraging to see your story and your blog. Thank you so much for sharing this with everyone! And thank you too, for taking a look at my blog. I really do appreciate it!

    • 🙂 Thanks, and good luck with your book! There’s a lot you can do online these days!

      • Online is definitely the way to go. Still lots to learn, but am feeling optomistic…for both of us! There has been so much fear-mongering over the past couple of decades, your message is a very important one.

      • Thank you! I think it’s important to have some light in the thick of it all. There’s a lot of negative coming at everyone. Might as well have some positive too. 🙂 I’m excited about our futures!! Good things to come.

  106. Thanks for reading the first entry in my Suitcase Hero series. Congratulations on the completion of your book and best of luck in the future.

  107. Congratulations Laurenc129 and best regards!

  108. You can do it, and you’re discovering HOW! All power to you. 🙂

  109. Thanks for liking my two posts “What’s in a Name?” and “What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?”…Your book sounds wonderful…writing lays us bare and leaves us vulnerable, but is such a wonderful form of expression and for lack of a better word “therapy”.

    • Writing is my favorite form of catharsis. And I really do appreciate that the page is available for me to leave whatever it is that I want to write on it. It’s a blank canvas and there’s a lot of freedom in that I find. I actually talk about that in it, because it’s vital to who I am and who I have become. Thanks for visiting! 🙂

    • Exactly! Writing can be scary yet libirating experience!

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