One year ago my little book baby launched. I'd Rather Be Short was released for all to see. My first signing and talk was at BookPeople right here in Austin. Over 80 folks showed up! We ended the night by celebrating at a local drinking establishment, appropriately called "The Tiniest Bar in Texas".
I took this launch very seriously.
I practiced my talk over and over. I spent the day baking treats for the audience (with Karen's help). I got my nails done (rare). I got a new outfit (rare). My neighbor gave us money to get massages (very rare). I got highlights (rarest of all).
I was so nervous.
But it was fine. Great. A sweet celebration of something I had worked on for the last 18 months.
I've learned a lot from this experience, but one of the things I am most thankful for is what it taught me about unabashedly putting myself out there.
I had to self-promote. I was expected to try new things and talk about this project unapologetically. I had to get over my fears of coming off smarmy or conceited. I also had to get over my fears of the critics. What would the reviews be like? Would the designers I admire think it was "good enough"? Would I think it was "good enough"?
I was all in. I have never worked harder on a project, and I didn't stop with promotion.
My process will be refined for the next one (I'm not saying I did everything right), but I gave it everything. That is the sweetest reward of all—knowing I gave (and am giving) it my best.
I'm proud of this little one. It represents a series of risks that ultimately made me more brave.
For that I am thankful.
What has made you brave? Have you had a project, idea, job or anything else that has forced you to go all in, no apologies? Let's hear it.
Speaking of shameless plugs, if you are interested in purchasing a copy, I have news for you! If you order from my Etsy store, you can get a signed copy (leave a note if you want this to be for someone specifically). You will also receive an original drawing/sketch. Supplies are limited, so order up while they're still in stock!