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We Definitely Are Not In This Alone!

November 2, 2011

Today I am delighted and blessed to welcome, writing friend Linda as my first ever guest. If you flip to my first appearance as a guest post on her blog today, you may notice a few parallel themes as we celebrate our writing Turning Point success, together. Her blog is insightful, informative and inspiring as well as a jolly good read.

I’m Not in This Alone

by Linda A. Janssen

Well it’s official. Sarah’s and my new book, Turning Points: 25 Inspiring Stories From Women Entrepreneurs Who Have Turned Their Careers and Their Lives Around, has launched! The response has been both tremendous and humbling. I think she’ll agree that neither of us was quite sure how this would all go, so to receive so much support is jarring.

Sarah has already written here on her site about the concept of the book: entrepreneurial women sharing the pivotal moment or series of events that made them realize radical change in their lives, professions, careers was in order. Each woman shares her journey,  her turning point, the process by which she instituted such drastic change, and helpful resources she turned to along the way.

When I was first approached to participate in the book project, I couldn’t help but wonder whether I ‘fit in’ with such an amazing group of women. I already knew and trusted our editor, Kate Cobb, a women’s business and executive coach and Brit living in France; I also knew we were in good hands with our highly experienced publisher Jo Parfitt of Summertime Publishing. Jo is an accomplished author of 28 books, long-time publisher and a writing mentor to Sarah and me.

My concerns went deeper than that. Was my tale of interest to others? Would it resonate with readers? Would the book-buying audience find value in my resources and lessons learned along the way?

I’ll never forget the day when I found out that Sarah was also a part of this incredible project. When she told me, her eyes all aglow with excitement, it was as if a weight had been lifted from me. I knew Sarah’s ‘story’, and absolutely believed it belonged in this book. I also knew that our stories spoke to different issues and decisions. Yet together we would put aside our fears and write about our deepest feelings.

I was not alone.

At that moment it really hit home to me that the strength of Turning Points lies in the widely diverse group of women involved. We come from all walks of life, from different countries, professions, ages. Together our stories create a tapestry rich in experience, knowledge, challenges and difficult lessons learned from the hard knocks of life.

In the end, I realized that there is a safety in numbers, a surety in being part of something as exciting and meaningful as telling our stories along with others.

The larger the number of entrepreneurial women who participated, the wider the range of experiences, insights and resources shared.

The more contributors involved, the greater the opportunity to get to know fantastically interesting women in all sorts of situations, from all over the globe.

So I’m definitely not in this alone. I have Sarah, Kate and Jo and all the other wonderful co-authors alongside, not to mention all of the great supporters who have helped make this launch such a success.

And in my mind, I can’t help but say ‘the more the merrier’!

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If you’d like to find out more about our book, please take a look at the website, or follow along on Facebook’s The Turning Points Book page or on Twitter @Turning_Points. A portion of all sales will benefit

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 2, 2011 8:15 am

    I so share your feelings Linda – I asked myself all those questions before deciding to become involved. Your point about a rich tapestry of lives and experiences is so true and really means that there will be connections for all readers to make with the stories.
    All the very best, Louise

    • November 9, 2011 10:59 am

      Thank you Louise. It’s true, so many people have told me that they see themselves (or parts of themselves) in various stories in Turning Points. Even if they don’t, they still come away with inspiration to make big changes, suggested resources and valuable lessons learned.

  2. November 2, 2011 8:56 am

    What an amazing group of women profiled in the turning points book. I have really enjoyed reading all of the stories and find them quite inspiring.

    • Sarah Koblow permalink*
      November 2, 2011 10:48 am

      and helping themselves while helping others, the best kind of self-help.

  3. November 2, 2011 12:49 pm

    Thanks Beth, I know what you mean. So inspiring to learn of the challenges everyone has faced and how they did it. I enjoyed your story, and when I got to your plan for improvement I knew you were a gal after my own heart, lol! Planning, assessing, 6 month reviews – a kindred spirit!


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