Sunday, 20 September 2015

When crazy ideas become reality!

What an exciting month it has been!  I announced in August that the story I submitted to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Possible had made it to the final selection round. I am so happy to tell you that it was successful in that final round and will be published. The book will be available for sale on October 6th! I still have to pinch myself. How my crazy idea to submit a story about addiction came to this I'll never know! It is such an amazing opportunity to raise awareness.

I didn’t think it could get any better than that until I received another email from the good folks at Chicken Soup. They told me that as a contributor to the book, I have the option to help local charities raise money through their special charity program. I was all over it! What another incredible opportunity!! The two charities that I have chosen are the Reach Centre because of the life-changing work they do for young people in recovery and the University of Prince Edward Island’s (UPEI) Student Affairs, which does a wonderful job of raising awareness and offering support to students through their various mental health initiatives.

Reach and UPEI’s Student Affairs will each be selling books at various locations in Charlottetown. Reach will also be selling books across the Island. I will post an update when the locations are identified! That way, if you plan to buy the book, you may be able to get one in your area while supporting great charities in the process. The books also make great Christmas presents!

For my followers across Canada, the USA, and around the world, when you purchase a book in your own community, you will also be helping to raise awareness about addiction, especially if you give the book to someone who doesn’t understand it. The book will be filled with inspiring stories so they will likely really enjoy it without realizing they are getting educated at the same time!

If you are a family that has been affected by addiction, I hope that you find inspiration and empowerment in my story.

Your support of addiction awareness and my chosen charities (if you are on PEI) through the purchase of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Possible would be very much appreciated!


PS: I do not receive any royalties from book sales. The opportunity that Chicken Soup has given me to bring my message to a wider audience while also helping two of my favourite charities with their important work is absolutely PRICELESS.