Day 130 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project has been a doozie! As I race toward the finish line in submitting all of the documents for my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, to be published, I feel almost as if I’ve exerted as much effort writing the dedication, epitaph, acknowledgements, word from the author, etc., etc. as I did in writing the book itself! I’m not complaining, just saying that getting published is not for the faint of heart. I feel like I climbed into the publication saddle without being prepared for the long, sometimes uncomfortable ride. Hence the sign below. I snapped a shot of it this summer while on vacation and knew a post would emerge to fit it.
Publishing a book isn’t the only scenario where one has to be ready for the ride. Academic undertakings, like college or advanced classes to increase career knowledge, lifestyle changes that require discipline such as eating better and exercise, relationships like marriage and parenting, and making a decision to live a faith-filled life are all things that are not to be entered into lightly. Just like a saddle. We need to be ready for the ride before we jump into it. Because once we’re in and off and running, ride can be long, and it’s inevitable that there will be smooth spots, rough ones, and everything in between. Sometimes, though we may feel like it, dismounting is not an option.
Still, as much as I love horseback riding, there are publication preparation days when I can relate to what someone once said about the experience: “A horse bites in the front, kicks in the back, and is darn uncomfortable in the middle.” Those are the days when I grab on to the saddle and hold tight so I can stay on.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who’s wanted to be published practically since I could put my foot in a stirrup, I’m glad that I can’t just jump off the horse’s back because it’s a long ride and I’m tired. Tired or not, there’s so much to be enjoyed and for me to learn in this process. As much as I’m ready for my book to be published and to hold the finished product in my hands, I’m just as ready for the process – the ride.
What saddle have you jumped into and are experiencing a long ride? Hold on tight and try to enjoy it. Remember, it’s not just the product, it’s the process that matters…
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach