The Arrival of the MWJ
My second child arrived in a blizzard during the last week in February, so perhaps it’s no surprise I’m celebrating the completion of The Midlife Woman’s Journal (MWJ) in the same week. Writing this guided journal, which helps women at the midlife crossroads create new lives for themselves, has occupied me for a year.
It’s been fun to pull together the knowledge I’ve garnered as a certified life coach and former dean of continuing education at Wellesley College. I’ve worked with thousands of women reinventing their lives and in that time uncovered a simple truth: changing your life is an inside job.
That’s why the writing exercises and prompts in the MWJ are designed to take the reader on a voyage of self discovery. In addition, stories of clients and former students who navigated the midlife passage successfully, are included to inspire the reader – along with weekly queries and suggestions.
My next steps in this writing adventure are to prepare a book proposal, find an agent and locate a publisher. Meanwhile, to make the MWJ the best book possible, I’ve printed 100 pre-publication copies to obtain reader feedback. I’m selling these copies at cost – $28.00 for design, printing, etc. (I couldn’t resist using vellum paper for smooth writing, spiral binding for easy use, and a colorful cover to brighten a winter’s day – photo below.)
If you, or your friends are in a journaling mood, and wish to purchase the MWJ, send me an email (email@example.com), or give me a call (401-295-5115). I’m distributing these limited pre-publication copies on a first-come, first-serve basis.
So how about you? What will you create this year? What unrealized dream, nagging desire, or new adventure do you want to manifest? Naming it is your first step. Speak it aloud, and write it down – you’ll add energy to making this idea a reality. If you like, let me hear about it too.
Next month, I’ll share what I learned from the twists and turns in developing the MWJ with the hope that the lessons will enhance your own expression.