2013: Looking Back, Looking Forward

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).

First Stop on the Tour With Monte Cristo Owner, Chris Jones.
First Stop on the Tour With Monte Cristo Owner, Chris Jones.

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.

About Chris Lemig

In 2007 I finally came out to family and friends as being gay. After twenty-three years of drug and alcohol addiction, I got sober, picked up a book on Buddhism then promptly bought a plane ticket to India. The Narrow Way is the story of how all that came to be.
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3 Responses to 2013: Looking Back, Looking Forward

  1. Cindy says:

    Love watching your new life unfold ♡
    I’m so, so happy for you °•○●♡●○•°
    Love you Chris ♡

  2. David Ashton says:

    Hey Chris, looks like this year is going to be exciting! Wishing you the best!

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