What a whirlwind it’s been. I was actually doing a college drop off on Release Day, so in between texts and posts, I was on an emotional level all on its own. He’s our youngest, you know. And his personality has been the highlight of our home for 18 years.
The irony of both events isn’t lost on me, however.
We are empty nesters and we have to adjust to life with a lot more time on our hands. Although I say this tongue in cheek because I’ve planned travel every week for work for the rest of the year! But this is also my last foray into the book world for a while – there are just so many ways to make a difference in this wonderful, crazy place, I’m having to balance it all.
The Year I Left is a true story about what it’s like to get lost in the recesses of sadness. How your mind tricks you into believing that your life isn’t worthwhile, or that there is something else you need in your life. It tricks you into pursuing an obsession, a mindset, habits that are not normal to you. I want to dedicate a whole blog post to this. And I will, stay tuned.
I also want to dedicate a whole blog post to the lessons about humans I learned during this book release. I watched closely. Friends who aren’t really friends. Friends who you didn’t know were true friends. I watched the survival game, the generosity and kindness, all that. To be honest, this isn’t an arena I’m comfortable in. But that’s another story!
Despite everything, we made it! We’re still #1 in one category, we made it to two for a few days! All I ever wanted was to get this book in as many hands as possible. Because I believe that there is a Carin in all of us.
And you have made my dream come true. THANK YOU, READERS! What an amazing journey it’s been.