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Riveting Expat Reads: Pivotal Moments, Turning Points

It’s finally here.

Today is Tuesday, November 1st.

Image of Turning Points Book Cover on Adventures in Expat LandAs I mentioned a couple days ago in And What Might YOUR Turning Point Be?, today also happens to be the global book launch of Turning Points: 25 Inspiring Stories From Women Entrepreneurs Who Have Turned Their Careers and Their Lives Around.

The book concept is the brainchild of our editor, women’s business and executive coach Kate Cobb (www.movingforwardyourway.com).

It’s been carefully husbanded through the publishing process from start to finish by Jo Parfitt (www.joparfitt.com) and her Summertime Publishing company.

What began many months ago has finally come to fruition.

Twenty five women from around the world, all walks of life, with a wide range of jobs, careers, interests and passions, came together to share their personal and professional turning points: those pivotal moments or series of events that made clear to each that widesweeping change was required.

We offered up intimate details on our backgrounds and challenges, the highs and lows of our lives, and how we tackled revamping and reinventing ourselves, our careers and our lives.

We also shared the people, books, websites and other resources that inspired and aided us along the way to give others ideas, suggestions and hope for making significant changes and adjustments in their lives.

I’ve been writing a long time. Practically my entire life. But until recently it has always been unfocused and sporadic, and the results minimal.

It has only been in the past few years that I have come to realize how important writing is to me, and to make it the priority that it truly is.

It is not a hobby. I’m not dabbling. It is my vocation and my release. I write on a wide range of topics, in many markets and in several genre because I am driven to do so. I am in the midst of a non-fiction book about a topic I feel strongly, passionately about. I have short stories kicking and screaming to get out. There is a novel calling my name.

It may sound odd coming from a blogger and writer, but I don’t particularly enjoy opening up and writing about what is deep down inside me. My family and closest friends certainly know more than others, things I do not share willingly or easily.

But even they do not know all that resides at my very core. No one can. Not when we go to the deepest place inside each of us.

I’m no different than anyone else: I have dreams and aspirations and ambitions as well as fears and longings and regrets. So to open up and write about some of these issues is not only scary, it’s daunting. Occasionally even paralyzing.

Writing my chapter in Turning Points was itself a pivotal moment in which I chose to share my rebirth as a writer and what motivated me to finally do so. In the end, what persuaded me to share those thoughts for all the world to see was this quote by Norbet Platt:

The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.

Every word that I wrote in Turning Points is absolutely true.

Yet in many ways they are a beginning in themselves. A launching place for more.

Hopefully much more.

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Special Launch Day Bonuses (TODAY ONLY): If you purchase Turning Points (see either the Amazon link immediately to the right or the Books You’ll Love tab at the top) today, November 1st, AND then immediately go to the site to qualify (www.theturningpointsbook.com ), you can earn some wonderful free bonus gifts.

You can also follow us on Facebook’s The Turning Points Book page or Twitter @Turning_Points. All sales support the inspiring international charity www.seedsfordevelopment.org.

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