Whenever you set out to write a book- an important first step is clearly defining who the audience is. When I started dreaming about Uncrushed, I assumed it would be primarily to help people navigate the loss of a dear loved one. That was and still is a big part of the reason for this book.
But, something unexpected happened as feedback came in from the Launch Team (35-40 amazing super heroes who read through the book before release day).
The comment that surprised me most came from a dear friend who has, thankfully, never lost a super close person~ but the stories in Uncrushed spoke clearly to her about her fun-loving mom and dad.
Here’s a bit of the story:
“…as I was reading the first few chapters while on a plane, the tears started flowing. As I was reading I was thinking about how I wanted to honor my loved ones NOW.
I came up with a plan- why not honor my parents NOW while they are alive to hear all the special memories I have with them, all the gratitude I have towards their sacrifices as we grew up. So, my sisters and niece and nephews are planning to present my parents with a video and book this Christmas with photos, memories, and heartfelt thanks for what they’ve done for our family and what they mean to us.”
HOW COOL IS THAT IDEA?!!
Her heartfelt words have lit a sweet fire in my soul to:
- never miss an opportunity to tell your closest people what they mean to you
- say what you need to say, today, and
- hug your people a little longer.
It’s always the perfect day to write the letter, make the call, or visit the people you love most.
Soooooo…. to my closest and favorite humans- I’m so thankful for every one of you- more than you’ll ever know. Thank you for being patient and kind through the writing of this book. I Love You Crazy and Fun People!
love, Lali (Mom/ aka Beth)