I’ve always wanted to write children’s books. How about you? After reading thousands of them to my girls, and having been an elementary teacher in a former life, I kind of ‘get’ the format. So instead of just telling you what’s up in a normal fashion I thought I’d tell you in a story format. So snuggle up in a warm blankie and get a cup of hot tea and read your preview copy of:
of the Happy Mom Conference
by, April O’Leary
Once upon a time…ok, not that long ago…ok, to be honest it really all started back in January, April O’Leary got this great idea for a mom’s conference one morning while out on a run. (She always get her best ideas at 5 a.m., in the dark, alone out on the road…but I do digress…) So she thought about it. “This could be a super fun idea! Yay! BUT I’ve never done this before. Boo. BUT I think it’s a super fun idea…Yay!,” and so the thoughts went on plaguing her until…she took action.
HINT: Taking action is the key if you’re in limbo. Just make the best decision you can from the info you have and move forward. Let the end results shake out in the wash (as long as it’s sensible I mean…I do digress again….)
So here’s what she did. April invited a few mom friends out for a breakfast meeting and she called a few others too and said, “Hey, what do you think of this conference? Would you come? Do you have any suggestions? Good idea? Bad idea?” and they said “Yay! We’ll come…but let’s change a few things first…there that’s better.” They helped April refine her ideas tremendously (she is eternally grateful for their input…they know who they are!) and the structure of the Happy Mom Conference was born.
“Then what happened, April?” you ask. Well thanks for asking! I’ll tell you what happened next. April put on her nicey nice clothes and heels and showed up at the Hyatt Coconut Point by herself to meet with Mike Doltch, the catering manager, to tell him about her idea for a Happy Mom Conference. She loves pretending to be an adult! You know you can never grow out of playing ‘dress-up.’
Phew. That took some courage. She even brought a notebook to look real official. He asked her tons of specific questions like “How many people are coming? What do you want to serve? What dates are you looking at?” to which she said, “Hmmm, not sure about that one. Oh, I see. I need to tell you specifics. Let me figure that out.” That’s what happens when you take a leap of faith and plan something from an inspired idea…you just have to figure it out along the way.
Well that’s what she did. Since that initial meeting she has been thinking of you A LOT…and of her old self and where she was just 6 short years ago. Have you read her book Ride the Wave: Journey to Peaceful Living? No?! What? You have to. She was crazy back then (don’t tell her I said that!) but she tells it all in there. Wow, it’s a doosie! Frustrated mom meets angry housewives in Orange County…or something like that….
Anyhow she started asking herself, “If I were me back then when I was desperately needing a break and I was constantly running on empty what would I have wanted? What would have been a life-saver for me?” Here’s a little known secret about April. Don’t tell anyone. She used to dream of having a surgery or something like that just so she could get a night away! Gosh, she was desperate…again don’t tell her I said that!
Now of course, I know that is not you, but I caution you that if you don’t take regular breaks and replenish your energy, trust me sister, it could be you in a few years. Don’t balk at that one, it’s true. I’ve seen it happen MANY times over.
So after many contracts back and forth and ideas refining and time passing quickly she wanted to tell you that today, IT IS FINISHED! Well not entirely finished…you see she’s planned it but there is still one thing missing. One thing she told me she can’t seem to do herself (yes like most moms, she likes to do it on her own, she’s one of those ‘do it yourself-ers’…but this one…well she needs your help…) and that is she needs YOU to come!
So how will this story end? That is up to you! Gee, it turns out this is like a ‘choose your own adventure book…who knew!” So which page will you turn to next…
Will April realize her vision of the conference filled with happy moms, learning, laughing, having fun or will she be there alone, sitting in a corner, wishing she had never taken action in the first place?
You decide. The rest is still unwritten…stay tuned for the conclusion of this gripping tale……this is NOT THE END!
So do you think I have what it takes to write children’s books? Have you written something lately that you’d like to share with me? Hit reply and send it over. I’d be happy to check it out.
Also please take 1 minute (seriously it’s only 1 minute!) and watch the video below to see the TOP 10 reasons why you HAVE TO come spend the weekend with me at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point this Sept. 14-15. There are WAY more than 10 reasons, but I boiled it down to the best ones….
I’m not sure what else to tell you except COME! Ask for it for a Mother’s Day gift. Invite a friend. And let me remind you that taking some time away to refuel your energy, learn something new and come away recharged and ready for the demands of motherhood is healthy. In fact, it is necessary. So in the words of Nike, “Just do it!”