Author: Sarah Dickey
Adventure—the ability to take in new sights, connect with
innovative individuals and explore new territories.
This personally crafted definition of adventure pretty much sums up my recent trip to California. I hopped a bird to Cali on April 9, which was also the launch date of my newest book, Sweetly Seeking. The whole journey to California was filled with magic and anticipation. Thank you so much to all the hearts who posted reviews on Amazon. And in case you missed the actual launch date, feel free to leave a review. As an author, I have a whole new appreciation for reviews.
I went to spend a few days with my book Sherpa, Gail Kearns of To Press & Beyond, at her home in Santa Barbara. If I were to sum up her presence in my life, it has been magical. I often refer to her as my fairy godmother! She has helped me to realize my dream of becoming a published author as well as a business owner.
Gail and I enjoyed wonderful connections, amazing Yoga classes at Yoga Soup, and fierce brainstorming sessions for my next series of books, which I am ecstatic about creating! I was also able to meet up with my amazing web designer, Kathy Moran, in Ojai. I am seriously so blessed to be surrounded by such amazing women living what they love.
From Santa Barbara we made a pilgrimage to LA, and I am grateful to report it wasn’t via the 101! We meandered down the Pacific Coast Highway, through Malibu and Santa Monica with their vibrant beaches. Our final destination was the University of Southern California, which was showcasing the LA Times Festival of Books, Saturday April 13th – Sunday April 14th.
My excitement level was at an all-time high. I didn’t know what to expect, but as they say in Star Wars, “I had a good feeling about this.” The festival advertised they would be seeing crowds in the range of 150,000 for the weekend. From poets to publishers to musicians, the festival was buzzing with creatives!
Gail and I dined under a 100-year-old fig tree on the campus of USC. My friend Regina and I met Peter Slen of C-span. I was able to meet NFL Star and ESPN host, Marcellus Wiley, who released a book, Never Shut Up. Not only did he autograph a copy of his book for me, I also autographed a copy of Ode to Love and presented it to him. His kindness blew me away; it was as large as his physical stature. And I adored his message, “Prepare, don’t compare!” Talk about words of wisdom.
I passed out flyers, made new friends, and all the while loved this amazing adventure of getting out of my comfort zone and connecting. The theme of my most recent adventure was all about connecting. I think that is a lesson I have been learning over the past few years. You never know how putting yourself out there and connecting is going to inspire you as well as engage a whole new audience. My teacher and mentor Michael Malone often shared in my coaching program that it is up to us to turn on our unique lights each morning. Metaphorically or physically we can turn on this light and send it out into the world. I am a firm believer that it is up to us to say a discerning yes to the adventures ahead of us. It is also up to us to share our divine unique light with the world. In the words of Yogi Bhajan, “Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.”
And oh yeah, if I missed you this year at the festival, I’ll see you next year!
Feel free to share your latest adventure in the comments section below!
Cheers to Choosing Fierceness!