“Don’t be fooled by the success, smiles, materialistic things or happy talk of others. Don’t waste one second of your time being jealous of someone who has a seemingly perfect life. No one is flawless and the positive can mask any negative. Live in your own moments, create your own stories and be happy as hell doing it. After all, it’s your life. Who can live it better than you?” —Treka L. House
(Excited screams)I'M FEELING SUPER DOPE AND EXTREMELY EXCITED!! TODAY IS MY BOOK RELEASE!! I'm feeling super blessed right now. Praises be to thee.
Where do I begin? This is such a monumental day for me. I am officially a published author, self-published at that. It has definitely been a mountainous journey for me and I'm eternally grateful. I first started writing my book when I worked a full-time job, mothered my two children while my husband pursued his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree away from home. I had not set a deadline for myself, I was merely determined to fulfill my dream of being a published author and I did that today. Cheers to me! There were times when my mental space wasn't as balanced as I would have hoped, but I didn't allow that to stop me. That happens when you're wearing so many hats and you're trying to keep them in "perfect" order. But that's the problem, the word "perfect" will have us all unbalanced and placing unrealistic expectations on ourselves and others. So I tried hard to let go of the unneccesary pressure, in order to remain productive. The greatest critic of me is me, but at the same time, I'm my greatest inspiration. I'm simply a southern girl from a small town in Mississippi and to be honest, I didn't have a visual of this day a few years ago. When I look back over my life and think about all that I have accomplished, I'm humbled. Life has not been easy for me, but I made it. I refused to allow excuses to weaken me or set me back. Everything that I ever wanted, I set my sights on it and I achieved it. I never gave up on me, even when I wanted to. I never thought I would be able to find the time to start or finish a book; however, I have such an amazing support team. My husband said quit your job, stay home and work on your book. I was like nah, I can't do that. He was like, "baby I got us." So I walked away from my secure position for the federal government and walked directly into working on my dream. Thank you baby! Confession: I'm a bit independent. Hey, I can't help it, it was instilled in me. It's all I know.
So today I am celebrating me. Oh yes, I said it! I am celebrating me and nope, I don't feel selfish. We should all celebrate who we are, what we've accomplished and where we're headed. It's motivation to keep pushing forward to greatness. I am here to tell every person reading this post that your dreams are possible. I don't care where you come from, where you are now or what others say you can't do; it's up to you. You are literally the author of your own book. You write your chapters in pen and everyone else trying to write on your life, is in pencil. Meaning you don't have to accept what they say as fact and know that it can be erased and made right with what you do. Set your goals, guard them and put them in motion, realistically. Remember that you're the only one that you have to impress. Everyone will not see your vision, don't let that discourage you. It's not meant for them, it's your vision. I hope each of you purchase my book. Please tell all of your friends and family too. Click on my book cover to buy the book right now or go on my website and click "Buy Now" beside my cover. I appreciate all of your support. Thank you to everyone in my life that supported me from day one, I love you more than you know. This is only the beginning!