A Year to Remember

Tonight, I’m sitting on my parents’ lanai in Florida, watching the sun set behind the tall palm trees edging the golf course. I can’t believe it’s been exactly a year since I started writing, a year in which my life has dramatically changed.

Last year at this time, I was also visiting my parents in Florida. The idea of writing a book had been floating in the back of my consciousness for a while. For several weeks, I’d been visualizing a scene of a boy and girl dancing in her bedroom. It kept playing over and over in my mind until suddenly I realized he wasn’t a boy at all. At once, the story downloaded into my brain like a DVD from iTunes. My family went on a dolphin watching expedition while I stayed at the pool and wrote the outline for a paranormal book. I used the pool as the setting for the opening scene.

Since then, I’ve edited out that scene and that’s not the only thing that’s changed. A couple months after I began writing, I stopped writing my paranormal book to begin writing what became my first published book. Like before, the entire book downloaded into my head and I stayed behind as my family went into the movie theater to watch a documentary about primates. Two months later, I finished writing A Year to Remember.

I discovered this week that the Detroit Jewish News is going to write an article about me. Initially, it was going to be a small book review. Instead, it’s going to be about my own recovery from food addiction and how it led me to write the book. Generally, membership in a twelve-step program is anonymous. In writing this book and sharing my personal struggles with compulsive overeating, I’ve irrevocably broken my anonymity.

I truly feel as though my higher power sent me on this journey. I’m still learning how not to question my path and to trust that wherever it leads, it’s the right one.

I’m grateful for the friends I’ve made this year, the wisdom I’ve gained, and the discovery that I have much more to learn. In one year, my life has changed for the better. It’s been A Year to Remember.

About Shelly Bell

Addicted to reading and writing, my first book, A YEAR TO REMEMBER, is available as an e-book through Soul Mate Publishing, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.The story follows the journey of a food addict on her road to recovery as she struggles to find and marry her soul mate within a year.
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8 Responses to A Year to Remember

  1. Susan Muller says:

    Congratulations Shelly. You have had a year to remember. I know your family is proud of your success. Keep writing. I want to see that paranormal.

  2. Your journey has inspired so many. Keep up the great work. “You’ve only just begun…”

  3. Shelly, your journey will continue to inspire so many more people! Thank you for sharing it with everyone. Your YEAR TO REMEMBER will be true in so many ways! 🙂

  4. lulu says:

    Wow, what a journey! What you get credit for is starting and finishing a book. Having it published is icing on the cake. I’m going to walk over to B&N this morning and check it out. Congratulations and keep writing.

  5. Great post, Shelly!

    A Year to Remember is a fabulous book that I really enjoyed reading. Congratulations on its release, and I hope you have many sales!

  6. B.J. Scott says:

    Congrats on your release and wishing you many Sales. This is the start of something wonderful.

  7. Julia Bade says:

    What a beautiful and amazing story you have. Thank you for the inspiration.

  8. jannashay says:

    What an incredible story. It takes an abundance of courage to expose a vulnerability in ourselves. Relinquishing your anonymity to help others is an inspiration to us all. Congratulations.
    PS – I enjoy tweeting with you.

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