Since a little girl of four and a half years, it’s been my goal to write with every pen and paper I can and could find. My wonderful father dutifully taught me to read and write by this time.
Seriously, I viewed a pen and paper as a tool without realizing my intended goal till I was thirty-six. Just after my second husband died, leaving me with four precious babies and no life insurance, the one thing I wanted to do was to document my families information. This turned into 73 journals to date! Each one houses many thoughts, ideas, imaginings, dreams and of course my babies `happenings’ if you will, all along the way.
Today, I’m caressing my first book published by a world renowned publishing company, Hay House. Can I believe it! I must, for here it is!
Pen and paper, almost magically, has become the fulfillment of a life long dream, which is to write and get paid for it.
Today, I’m announcing my first book signing at Barnes and Noble, 113 West County Center, Des Peres, MO 63131, Saturday August 19, 1-3.
Back in January, 2015 I made up my mind and told the grand Universe that I, Victoria Gray, wanted to write, enlighten the masses and get paid to do so the rest of my life.
It’s almost whimsical how that transpired.
I receive emails weekly, from Hay House and one caught my eye. A cruise to Alaska for a Speak, Write, Promote contest in August of that year. It was a bit costly, so again, I told the Universal energies that I needed to go and that I also needed to pay cash for it, or I felt it wasn’t to be. Lo and behold I had so many estate sales, I was almost overwhelmed!
I forged through each sale, which paid the entire trip with ease and they even allowed me a one-week visit with my eldest son, Caleb, in LA.
What transpired once I paid for the trip? I began finishing a book I call The Secret of a Widow’s Vision, The Vision from Within. I self published it and carried it with me to show and tell, if needed.
Guess what? I never got to talk about that book during the five seminars.
The amazing thing that happened during the seminars happened unexpectedly. Cheryl Richardson, author and frequent visitor to Oprah’s earlier shows, kept asking all that spoke to tell everyone what they do. Hmm, I do estate sales, but I didn’t plan on speaking about them. Ah, the universe knew better!
Within the first seminar, Cheryl and CEO of Hay House, Reid Tracy told us to write down a short introduction of what we do and speak in bullet points via Cheryl. So, each bit of down time, I’d write and re-write my intro. Then at the next three seminars, I’d raise my hand like many and never got called on. I knew I needed to talk. And anyone that knows me, knows I’m proficient at chatting!
Ok, then, I scaled down my intro to: Hello, my name is Victoria Gray. I handle estate sales in and around the St. Louis area and have for the past 27-years. I make estate sales easy for those that are left behind.
Friday, the last and fifth seminar, I raised my hand and was called upon. There were two ladies in front of me. The one directly in front of me, after Mr. Tracy said you’re book sounds nice, but you need to change the title. She said No, I like the title and I’ll keep it. I was amazed that she didn’t want to do what the CEO knew needed done in order for the masses to know what her book was about. I would listen and learn. They are the professionals.
My turn. I spoke the above intro. Cheryl immediately turned to Mr. Tracy and said Perfect! Right? He nodded yes and while sitting on a stool, set one foot on the platform with one foot still on the stool rest. She then asked everyone if they knew what Victoria does and a resounding yes came forth. She asked many more questions, I answered and she said you need an assistant. I concurred.
Mr. Tracy asked me to tell a story of my sales. I’d just mentioned that within the sales I often see, feel and hear energies. Thus I told this story and wrote it in this blog September 2015. Scroll down to read – Seeing an Entity
After the story, he asked what my platform was, I answered. Then he said wouldn’t it be great if you wrote a book about that?
Well, I wrote a small estate sale guide some years ago.
He was pleased and asked do you think your could put some of the stories in with a guide?
My reply sure.
He asked can you remember all of them?
Well, yes. You see, I have 65 journals to date with all stories there.
The audience gasped as did he. He stood Ok, great! Wouldn’t it be nice if you had pictures too.
Well, I take pictures of all my sales to upload for the customer base to view. Again, the audience gasped, amazed.
Ok, then I want you to put that book together and send in your submission. And I want all of you to send in your submissions. If we like ten submissions, we will hire all ten.
We had six months to do a 40-page submission and a 7-minute video of what we do. I did it and finished three weeks prior to the February 8th, 2016 due date.
March 8th, 2016, while at a speaking engagement at Coldwell Banker Gundaker real estate office, I received a text to call an out of state number. I texted back I’m in a meeting, what does it entail? The sender wrote back read your email.
I read my email to learn I was the winner!
Since I’d just finished my segment, I stood, told them I won the book contest. All clapped because earlier I mentioned I was in line to win a book contest and showed them my rendition of a mock up cover for Estate Sales Made Easy.
O.M.G! I won! I called each of my four kids. They were ecstatic too!
The rest is history and now to begin the rest of my journey.
Always dream. Always dream big! We never know who or what will zigzag our journey to fulfill a dream!