I love the holidays in the States. Whether we know it or not, they’re packed with deep spiritual meaning regardless of religious (or lack thereof) affiliation.
It’s a time to cultivate generosity, to show the ones closest to us how much we love them, to reflect on where we’ve been for the past year and to hope, dream and plan about where we might be able to go in the next.
2013 was a milestone for me. After three years of hard work and persistence, I saw the publication of my first book, The Narrow Way, become a reality.
It didn’t turn out as I had imagined. There was no unprecedented advance from a Big Five publishing house. There were no appearances on Oprah or Fresh Air with Terry Gross. There was no twenty city book tour (although six cities in two states wasn’t too shabby).
In the end, I’m glad there wasn’t that kind of splash. It’s been such an adventure to learn how to continue to promote the book through guest blog posts, magazine articles, conference panel discussions and, my personal favorite, Internet radio shows.
The people I’ve met along the way, from new readers to new friends and mentors, have been the best part of it all.
I’m excited, too, because I will be continuing all of these efforts in the year to come.
My new webpage, www.chrislemig.com, is in the works. I have articles coming out in several online and print magazines. I’m learning how to use social media without it using me.
And (drumroll please) I’m in the process of developing my own radio show that will launch in 2014!
As if that we’re enough, I’m on track to finish my first novel, American Yogi, before I head back to India next summer.
I’m looking forward to seeing how all of these exciting projects manifest over the next year and I can’t wait to share them with you as they do.
In the mean time, I hope that your next year is a joyous one, that any obstacles to your goals, both worldly and spiritual, are easily overcome.
But whatever may come up, I hope that you always remember that you are worth all of your dreams coming true.