Mid-South Book Festival 2015

I always thought I was taking steps forward, chasing my dreams despite my fears. Then an opportunity came up to be a part of the Mid-South Book Festival, which took place today. I almost didn’t do it. My fears were so large, I didn’t even know I was fearful. I rarely shy away from honesty and I won’t now. I was afraid that no one would support me, that all the close friends and family who encourage me would be nowhere to be found. I was afraid that people would pick up my books, but put them back down.
It had become enough to be able to say that “The books aren’t selling as well as I’d like them to, but the people who have read them have always had very positive things to say.” And these weren’t people who were related to me in any way. These were complete strangers, people from as far away as the UK. I could tell myself I was headed in the right direction. I was on my path.
But today, I faced my fears. I looked my fear in the eyes and moved forward despite it. As someone told me yesterday, fear is nothing but a little baby rat with a bullhorn walking around screaming all the things you’re afraid to face. When you take the bullhorn away, you realize you have something so small, you can just step on it. Well, I stepped on it and I’m glad I did. Today, I made connections I never would have made from the safety of the shadows of my fears. I found out that people will support me not only in words, but they showed up. And I feel truly blessed.

I faced my fears and I’m glad I did. Now when I say every day do something that scares you because that’s how you know you’re headed the right way, finally, I’m speaking from experience.
I would like to thank everyone –and I do mean EVERYONE—who supported me today. Looking forward to April 2016. Big things are coming! But if I’d continued to hide behind my fears, I would still be standing stagnant, talking about what I want without doing anything to get it.

Book fest pic 1 book fest pic 2 book fest pic 3 book fest pic 4

Peace & Love,
Rosalind

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About Rosalind Guy

I'm broken & my soul is weary/ my weary soul rebels, fights/ anything & anyone who tries to heal me/I beat my head against a wall of memories/ trying hard to break free from the chain of memories/ I can only be free by saying it so/ i weave a necklace from words and finally/ I find freedom/ free free free. As you can see, words are powerful to me. As Maya Angelou said, words are wallpaper of the soul. I have lots of nightmarish memories that threaten to break me, but I learned a long time ago about the power of words. They can be used to heal and destroy anything that threatens to destroy the person. Words coupled with love have the power to save and heal. I am author of three books: Skinny Dipping in the Pool of Womanhood, Tattered Butterfly Wings, and Blues of a Love Junkie. I am a high school English teacher. I am a former reporter. I am a mother. I am a woman. I am a fierce advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves, those who's voices go unheard. Check out my Amazon author page at the following link: http://www.amazon.com/Rosalind-Guy/e/B00BGH5F88/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1432491754&sr=8-1.
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