About once a month I find myself asking the same question, “Why I am blogging and does anyone care?”. Each time I think about how I will find the inspiration to continue updating my website I hear from a reader. About a month ago, my neighbor and I were walking home from dropping our kids at school and she started talking about my site. She was reading up on the amazing moms who are featured on my site which, got her to thinking about her own dreams and goals. When she read the article about writing down goals she picked up a pen and paper.
She read about Jania Fox running a half marathon and Beth Armstrong doing the Ironman- but realized as much as she likes fitness- the desire to run anything more than 3 miles wasn’t creating that fire in her belly. She wasn’t burning to start her own business or create a charitable organization. Then she remembered a dream that had occupied her in the past but never quite got off the ground. Lisa had written a children’s book when her daughter Lauren was just over a year old. She sent it out to a few publishers- but when those publishers passed on the story she let the project die.
She decided to resurrect her old dream of getting her story published. Let me start with the climax and work backward. Her story was accepted for publishing and you can check it out by clicking this link: Cookie, By Lisa Woomer. Not only did she write this charming story based on her experience as a mom of a picky eater, but she also illustrated her own story.
The plot of the story is a scenario that most mom’s are familiar with: no matter how hard we try to get our children to eat healthy, most kids would prefer a cookie to broccoli. Some of us moms (I’m not naming names) don’t worry too much about the broccoli situation- assuming it will resolve itself someday. Lisa, however, is a different kind of mom. You know that mom who makes her own babyfood with organic fruits and veggies? That is Lisa. Not many moms I know purchased a vegan cake for their child’s first birthday either.
Lisa has always had a passion for health and fitness. She worked as a step aerobics instructor to pay for part of her college tuition. When she was a teacher she regularly brought her students healthy snacks to eat in class. After getting married and having her first child she was committed to feeding her daughter only the healthiest food. As luck would have it she had a picky eater on her hands. Her daughter, Lauren, would squirm and pucker when she fed her delicacies such as homemade applesauce and sweet potatoes. But, by the time Lauren turned one, she began to recognize some foods that she thoroughly enjoyed…much to Lisa’s dismay- it wasn’t homemade veggies. Based on her experience with Lauren, the story of Cookie started to come together in Lisa’s mind.
Lisa wrote the story knowing that she wasn’t alone in her frustration over her picky eater. Rather than be frustrated by the situation, Lisa decided to find the humor in it. After writing her story, she attended a workshop on how to get a book published. From that workshop, she learned some valuable information about formatting and presenting a story to publishers. She sent her story out to a few big names and didn’t get the response she was looking for. At that time she tucked her story away and didn’t pursue it any further.
Since her initial efforts, the publishing world has changed dramatically due to the advances in online book sales. Thankfully, she renewed her efforts and was successful this time around. Now, her children will add their mom’s book to bookshelves to be passed down to their children too. You can buy her book online and support her courage and persistence in seeing her dream through to fruition. If you buy the book in the next two months, Lisa will donate the profits to Manhattan Beach Education Foundation. At a minimum, you have to take a look at the book by clicking the link here: Cookie, by Lisa Woomer.