It’s Okay to Run Away

Two days after publishing my debut mystery, I did the unthinkable. Instead of following all the advice in workshops, blogs, newsletters and books about how crucial the first few weeks are to get your book noticed by undertaking a huge promotion blitz, I flew 2,458 miles to visit my daughter.

I didn’t take my laptop and hardly looked at emails.

Every time I started to panic about what I should be doing to get the word out about my book, I looked at my daughter and knew this was exactly where I needed to be. I’d just finished with a lot of activities that were out of my comfort zone and a big learning curve for me, and I needed to allow time to feel good about the big step I’d just taken—especially since it was a long time coming. Being with my daughter reminded me of what is as important in my life as achieving goals—spending time with family and friends and allowing myself to enjoy each step of my own journey.

How do you maintain your equanimity when taking big steps in your life?

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8 thoughts on “It’s Okay to Run Away

  1. I remind myself that I’ve tackled big challenges in my life before–especially when I was younger, broker, and more scared. Six months later, everything is usually OK. I lean on good friends, and I hug my stuffed frog.

  2. Congratulations on your book Linda! It sounds like you knew exactly what to do. I think my equanimity following big steps (and small ones for that matter) just comes from a strong desire to live in the present. It all comes and goes that’s for sure.

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