A few posts ago I mentioned: Body Image.

I was talking about a potential second book to Just Call Me Is. It would focus specifically on body image from a mindfulness standpoint, for tweens.

Well that was about a month or more ago, and now, that book is finished.

At this point I am 90 percent sure I will be doing another Kickstarter for this sequel book, as I did for the first. The only hesitation is that a Kickstarter is a huge undertaking. And I feel like I’ve only just finished asking my friends, peers, and family members to support me.

It’s a vulnerable thing, reaching out like this – especially with material that is so vulnerable and important to me – and especially two times in a row.

It brings up all sorts of insecurities and self-doubts. Will this one be supported in the same way as the last? Will people be so tired of me asking for things that they’ll put up a wall? Should I just – stop?

But then I remember what I’ve learned over the years, not just about the power of vulnerability(thanks Brene Brown), but the art of asking. (Apparently, I watch a lot of Ted Talks.) If the asking comes from a place of honesty, of integrity, and yes, of vulnerability – not of manipulation or selfless inconsideration – you’re at least being as real as you can be.

And in the case of many a Kickstarter, you’re not asking for yourself; you’re asking for your project. Your art. Your expression. You’re asking for help to help the world.

Rather, I am.

Come February, I hope you’ll forgive me when, once again, I make an ask of you. Not for me, but to support a project that I think could really help tweens and teens and one day adults – so that they don’t have to grow up so haunted by body image as you and I did.

I’ll keep you all posted as this (potential/likely/but absolutely terrifying) Kickstater gets further underway.

Love,

Natalie

For those of you who don’t know, JUST CALL ME IS: AN INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS is coming out oh so soon, on December 1.

A mere 26 days later, I have another book coming out called THE TIMELESS TALE OF PETER ABLE. It’s not a book on mindfulness – but it is a fun look into the world of Fiction; what goes on behind the page when we’re no longer reading. It’s the second in the best-selling Peter Able series.

All that to say, somehow, I felt I just wasn’t busy enough, apparently, because just last week I began work on another book; a sequel to JUST CALL ME IS. That’s right – you heard it here first. There will be a sequel to “Is.”

(As a matter of fact, there will be at least three in the series, if not more.)

The entire series will be told, once again, from the reader’s Inner Self. Now that we’ve gotten an introduction to mindfulness and totally nailed it, we can dive deeper into some of the most pressing issues that kids face today. In book two, that means body image.

This has been an issue I’ve had my own demons with since I was a kid, and honestly, I don’t know a single person who isn’t affected by it in some way. So, once again, I’m introducing a story, a journal, a workbook, and really, a friend, to the kids who need it when they need it most.

Expected release: 2017.

Don’t worry – I’ll keep ya posted. 🙂