Thank you!!

Amazon #1 Best Seller

Amazon #1 Best Seller

Wow!! What a remarkable week! This was truly a team effort. One of the most precious gifts we have is our time and many of you shared that with me this week. Thank you, thank you, and thank you. You shared your time through helping to promote on social media, leaving reviews and buying the book. That was a huge commitment that you didn’t shy away from.

Thursday morning I was watching the rankings on the best sellers list and we never dropped below the 20’s. I thought to myself, we aren’t going to make it to #1 and I was actually ok with that fact. I was so excited about all the support and promotions that #1 was not going to be the end all for my week.

I went to a meeting at noon and about half way through the meeting I got a message from Kimanzi Constable that the book had made it to #1. I wanted to jump up and do the happy dance, but I kept it all under control until the meeting was over. We had now successfully launched the book and made it to #1. We obtained our goals for the week, what a great feeling.

This entire process has been extremely interesting to me on many levels. I got to see how to self-publish a book, do radio interviews, record podcast, and launch a book. I have some funny stories from those podcast, which by the way terrified me, but I didn’t back down from the challenge and now I am so glad that I didn’t. This was a true leap of faith for me. I prayed and took small steps forward even when I was overwhelmed. There were many days when I thought I should quit, but it was too late, I was in too deep. The resistance hit me hard at times, but I kept taking the small steps and focusing on what I needed to get accomplished just for today. I worried about tomorrow when tomorrow came.

I also want to thank those who allowed me to guest post on their sites this week. Melissa AuClair, the author of, “Cure Burnout” has a wonderful site that is helping nurses and those who are caretakers to prevent and/or overcome burnout. You can check out her site at www.unstucknurse.com and see my guest post here.

Dan Miller, author of, “48 Days to the Work You Love” allowed me to guest post on his site www.48Days.com. Dan has a wonderful site as well and it is overflowing with information about how to find the work that you truly love. You can see my guest post here.

Veronica Sutherland posted a review of my book on her website at Healthful Family Conversations. Veronica is a Family Educator and is dedicated to helping families maintain wellness; spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally. You can check out her review here.

Lee Gaitan also posted a review on her website Lee Gaitan, Don’t Just Bounce, Bounce Back. Lee shares on her website that we all go through tough times, but it’s how he handle and “bounce back” from those times that make the difference. Her inspiring and upbeat attitude toward it all draws you in to want to know more. Check out her site for more info here.

If I missed any reviews that got posted that I don’t have listed here, please email me at jenny@jenniferhester.com so I can thank you appropriately and link back to them from my website.

Words truly cannot express how grateful I am to all who helped with this launch. There was a lot of time committed to this process and I certainly could not have done it without a great launch team. This is where I want to shout out to everyone, “My launch team is better than your launch team”. Thank you all for being part of this with me.

Last and certainly never least, I have to thank Kimanzi Constable who has coached me since the inception of my blog and now through our #1 Best Seller. He always went above and beyond what you would expect from a coach. He never held anything back and continuously encouraged me to keep moving forward. He had all the steps laid out that we needed to accomplish to get the book published and marketed. He is always in high gear and making things happen. At times, when I would get overwhelmed, he would slow it down, consider what I had going on, and then reconfigure the steps if needed. He is extremely talented and truly has the heart of a teacher. Thank you Kimanzi, you are making a difference in many lives.

Are you planting seeds?

Photo by Lori Vowels Photography

Photo by Lori Vowels Photography

I grew up on a farm where most of my time was spent with my family working. As I look back over those times I remember the fun that we had. I don’t think much about the work, but more about the time we spent together interacting and just being kids. Playing in the dirt, jumping into silage pits, learning to shoot guns, and exploring all the great things nature showed us. We had a playground all around us and nature was our toy box.

When my dad passed away in 2011, he was 82 years old and at his funeral the priest spoke of how my dad had planted seeds as a farmer. He also spoke of how he planted seeds as a husband, father, and friend. He shared how he planted seeds into his children and how they had grown to be productive spouses and parents themselves.

My parents showed us all how to love, work, be kind, have faith, and show compassion. These are the kinds of seeds I want to sow as well. I think of my blog and upcoming book as a way of planting those seeds. I would love to see people who are needing encouragement and a little push to take these seeds and allow them to grow.

We were all put here with a seed inside of us that holds our purpose. It is our job to find that seed and nourish it, so that it flourishes. It needs love, compassion, encouragement, wisdom, faith, insight, and a little stubbornness at times to help it take root.

Have you found your seed? If not, do you know where to look? Here are some folks that can help you get started. Adam Rico, Joel Boggess, Kathy Brunner, Kimanzi Constable, and Dan Miller. These are people that I looked to when I started my journey to find my purpose and they all helped encourage that desire. I would love to hear how you are planting seeds and how you discovered yours. You can leave a comment below or email me at jenny@jenniferhester.com. Find your seed and go out and share it with the world. The world so needs love and support and you are just the person for the job!!!