If you’ve noticed that I’ve been a little quiet over the past 10 months with my blogging, there’s a good reason…Well, actually, there are two good reasons. Firstly, I was busy growing a tiny human inside of me (I gave birth to a gorgeous boy 6 weeks ago), and secondly, I’ve been writing a book!
Yes, it has definitely been a busy time! Between moving house, working full time, dealing with a rather painful and at times difficult pregnancy, and interviewing/writing/editing stories for my book in my lunch break or late at night, I’ve not had much time for blogging!
BUT, after almost a year, I’m excited to share that my book, ‘Reasons To Live One More Day, Every Day,’ is complete! Currently undergoing editing/creation by the fantastic, award-winning ‘Ocean Reeve Publishing,’ the book should hopefully be out in the next few months!
So What Is It About?
The idea for ‘Reasons To Live One More Day, Every Day,‘ began back in mid 2016, during a long drive down south to the mid north coast. To keep myself awake I was brainstorming topics to write about, and began thinking about all the projects I’d been a part of over the years, such as creating Brisbane’s first Domestic violence memorial, and advocating against human trafficking and child abuse.
Women and girl’s rights have always been an area I’ve felt passionate about, and it would have been easy to continue along this path, but I felt very strongly that it was time to tackle something new. I’m not sure how my mind got to where it did, but I began thinking about all I’d achieved during the last few years, and how ironic it was given I had once felt that life would be better if I weren’t here at all.
I know I’m not alone in having suffered depression—in fact, I don’t know of many people who haven’t—and so, as I drove through long forest-lined highways that night in 2016, I began thinking of all the incredible people I’d heard of who’d once felt the same way. Not just celebrities, but also people I know; people who the world would have been worse off for, had they given up. And that’s really how this book began; born out of the darkness of a winter night on a long road trip down south. I didn’t know at that stage exactly what form this book would take or the countless hours that would be spent making it happen—I just knew it had to be created. I had to find other people who had overcome their demons and bring their stories together to help others know that they aren’t alone; to let them know their life is worth so much more than what they believe right now.
And so, over the course of about 6 months, I set about finding a range of incredible men and women for my book. It was important to me that I include a diverse range of voices from men and women all around Australia, and I believe the book really showcases this.
From battles with eating disorders, childhood cancer, and life-changing disabilities, to stories of healing from PTSD and the loss of a child, I truly believe that everyone who reads this book will be able to relate to at least one story. Whether it’s L-Fresh the Lion talking about his struggles with anxiety and racism, Aboriginal mental health advocate Rene Reddingius sharing about his journey from the brink of suicide to becoming the founder of Transcend Initiatives, or young Brisbane singer Miss Natalie sharing about her journey to accepting her sexuality, the message is the same – there is hope and purpose in your life, even when it may seem dark and full of pain. I feel it important to mention that the book also includes resources from Lifeline.
The main problem at present is that I am short on the funds needed to bring the book out in print! I’ve already covered the costs for the eBook and its editing/production, as well as a number of print copies, but need to raise around $3000 for the remaining 1000 paperbacks.
SO, if you’re still reading and feel as passionately as I do about helping to change lives and ignite hope, then please consider donating to my crowdfunding campaign today! Just $25 gets you a free eBook copy as well as discounted access to the paperback – but more than that, you’ll get to be part of something that could be truly life changing to our community!
You can also join the official ‘Reasons To Live One More Day, Every Day’ Facebook event here, and find out the full list of contributors here!