About this project
Allow me to introduce myself… my name is Alicia Anabel… I AM A WRITER… I love saying it... I love how that sounds… :) there is power in CLAIMING that title...
It has taken me a very long time.. to say that and really BELIEVE IT!
I had been an “in the closet writer” for over ten years working for other people in careers that did not allow for creative expression… until the breakdown… when I quit my job and walked out… (You’ll have to read the book for the details).
After spending most of my days living a bohemian lifestyle, outlining my novel, writing in cafes and brainstorming in Central Park (aka UNEMPLOYED)… I decided to GET A REAL JOB… shortly after that I started a blog, which I called Finding Your Force. The idea behind the blog was about FINDING my VOICE--which for me is one and the same.
The blog was about my life and the questions that plagued me. Finding Your Force became my writer’s journey towards self-discovery and self-love. As I continued to write I discovered that my posts were affecting people.
Five years later I had an Oprah AHA moment…
Not only am I a writer, but I’ve been writing my book all along…
This is where you come in… I need your help getting HERE: (it really does take a village)
This is a writers retreat in Castellón, Spain… the retreat provides a sanctuary for those seeking peace and tranquility. Located in the Castellón mountains with views of the Mediterranean sea. But we will get to this later…
Why I MUST write? I WAS BORN to do this… we spend so much time in our lives trying to figure out who we are… where we are headed… me… I’m visualizing being in SPAIN :)))))
ABOUT THE BOOK
Finding Your Force: A Journey to Love is a collection of journal/blog entries turned memoir. About my life journey, the experiences that shape me, all that I have endured, and the people I have met.
This journey has taken me everywhere from writing a documentary:
About the African Diaspora in Latin America which has taken me to over 18 countries in the last three years. I took a risk – quit my job… and went for it…leaving the stability of having an income... I traded the business attire... for LIFE WORK~
Most recently I finished a play titled, I WAS BORN:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4shchyYS94w a one woman show about a journalist who meets 7 women in Latin America and how they have changed her life... http://www.youtube.com/watch...... which JUST TODAY… March 3, 2011 was chosen to be in the ONE Festival… I am so filled with joy… and incredibly grateful~
What my readers have said:
“You really put your all into your writing, I feel you, I really do when you write, which is speaking. You inspire and I’m not just saying that. You inspire me and I’m sure others to BE, to be them, to be the person they need to be, you inspire them to have no excuses, you inspire them to get where they need to be by bringing them to where you are. And once we see you doing and acting in your moments--how could I/one/we NOT do us?”
“This process is going to help you write a how-to book on how to DO your dreams through all these emotions.”
“Thanks for letting us all hear your journey to healing.”
“I am so proud of you for standing up for your words... for realizing your worth, over and over again. I’m happy that you show your humanness and allow your readers to see where you hurt and to see you revive and gain strength again.”
“Alicia, thank you for sharing. I have so much respect for your spirit, strength and sincerity. Many people aren’t able to survive the kind of trauma that you are writing about. And, you have not only survived but you are a creative force and your energy is bringing together a community of artists and that is a beautiful thing.”
“So many parts in your writing touched me and made me feel as though, damn somebody else has gone through what it feels like I’m going through right now and they got out and are on the other side.”
How you fit in? How I will spend your investment?
I would like help with getting into a writer’s residency in Spain… where I will spend three weeks completing my manuscript, hire a top-notch editor and self publish the first edition of my book.
I will be blogging my writers journey and keeping you updated on the progress of creating this book. I will post excerpts periodically. Expected completion date is July 2011 in time for my 40th birthday~
The rewards program to the right lists suggested contributions but all donations are welcomed. From $1.00 to whatever you are able to contribute… your LOVE, strength and support is greatly appreciated… walk with me on this journey. Thank you for supporting this project and please spread the word to anyone who might be interested.
Journal entry from Argentina, February 12, 2011:
Today, I am thinking about what Paulo Coelho calls, “ones personal legend.” When one goes in search of his personal legend the universe conspires in helping him attain it… The idea that we all must go in search of our personal legends…
For me... My personal legend is my writer’s life… from the... moment I claimed the title “I AM A WRITER,” to where I am today…. Quitting my very secure job at McGraw-Hill and traveling all across Latin America studying and filming the African Diaspora in Spanish speaking nations.
I have put my personal writer’s journey to the side to study... and work on this project…
I have dedicated my life to this amazing project… AFROLATINOS: The Untaught Story www.afrolatinos.tv.
What I have learned is that much of my journey and discovering my personal legend has been about SERVICE….
Serving the community
Serving young girls
I KNOW that I am here to serve! Whether that is thru the truth, whether that is thru acts of love, whether that is thru sharing very difficult examples of moments in my life… I am here to SERVE as an example to my daughter and all those I meet on this beautiful journey.
I am being called to write my memoir… my story… a story that I have been writing since 2006 without my even knowing it.
And so, now I am going to sit and finish it… with your help~ And my daughter would say... "Yes! It's about time!!! Let's do this.... you got college tuition to pay"
If you aren’t able to help with a donation… its all good… your LOVE, support and prayers are ALL I need~ but do share it with the universe… all things are possible… my goal at this point is to get 10,000 people to donate $1.00 towards helping me reach my goal… Please share with your friends, families - - I know abuela has $1.00 stashed away somewhere….
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for walking this journey with me.
“What you still need to know is this: before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.’ Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.” From the Alchemist~
Thank you for helping me realize my personal legend~
$10,000 dollars in 30 days... ABSOLUTELY POSSIBLE~ If we can get 10,000 people to donate $1.00 -- I make my goal~
Peace, light and LOVE
“How did I find my voice, I didn’t it found me!”
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