My first book signing was back in April when Ever Upward launched. My first book signing was nothing about selling books, as I wrote had I to choose to shift my definition of success.

My second book signing was this past weekend, and as He would have it, was also nothing about selling books.

I had a short talk prepared, to which there was no one to give it to which only solidified my lack of expectations for this book signing. But, Chad and I made a day of it, we had already had a great lunch at a local place and enjoyed connecting with people we would have never connected with throughout the day.

For the record, I sold two books.

One less than my first book signing.

You see I don’t have the big publisher behind me. I was just now able to invest in the literary publicist. And, my marketing plan for this first book has remained writing for free for other publications and working my job that pays the bills, seeing clients.

Publishing a book is not for the faint of heart. Publishing a book about a topic that no one wants to talk about, can at times, feel like career self-destruction. Let alone publishing a book about this said topic when your story makes the world very uncomfortable because you are not one of the success stories.

And yet, there is always something churning…

We may not have full understanding in the moment, but have faith there is always something amazing in the works for you.

So I did not deliver my talk and I sold minimal books, but it was the ending to the afternoon that made it, just as with the first signing, this one also ended in a goosebumps kind of way.

In lulls of the two hour book signing I was reading Pam Grout‘s E-Cubed on my phone. I had just read my manifesting assignment for this experiment: Be a love bomber (leave post it’s of love in random places around the world).

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A few minutes later as we were getting ready to pack up and I was signing the remaining books we had not sold, Chad said, “That’s weird, look there’s a post it in your book.” Then a Barnes and Noble employee said, “Oh, I found one earlier too!”

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It’s a post-it miracle!!

Goosebumps, tears and gratitude along with the deep knowing breath in allowing myself to feel it all; fear of failure, stress that this will never get noticed, trust in knowing it will, belief in myself that is already is, and most of all, knowing trust in that it is all exactly as it is supposed to be.

Needless to say we went out to a nice (early bird) dinner to celebrate and toast our post-it miracle.

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8 thoughts on “The Post-It Miracle

  1. Lisa says:

    Wow! Very cool. I would have had goose bumps, too! xx

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  2. So cool! I sometimes leave messages on post-it notes for people too, but usually my messages are along the lines of “you park like an asshole.” Maybe I’ll try some encouraging messages in the future. 🙂

    Seriously though, I admire your commitment and I think your message is getting out there, you just may not be able to see the results yet.

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  3. That whole viral dad announces pregnancy video, followed by their loss announcement really got me thinking about how people don’t like to read the bad news. The loss video had 600,000 views this morning compared to 10+mil on the announcement. I’m not sure how to get people more comfortable with the difficult topics besides putting them out there over and over again. Is there a theory behind it from a psychology perspective? I know some schools of thought encourage people to focus on the positive, but the thing is every loss or lack of success story is filled with lessons learned. There is value listening/learning but how do we get people to realize it?

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    1. I know, still trying to figure out how to write about that news bit. I just submitted a puce to HuffPost about one of the other news pieces that got exposure this week that was as usual frustrating.

      Bottom line, we don’t like to be vulnerable.

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  4. raphaela99 says:

    That’s wondrous! I am going to put a pack in my bag now!

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  5. Eva says:

    Justine, know that your book is working. I stumbled across your blog a month ago and downloaded your book immediately. Your story is meaningful to me and gives me inspiration and hope as I figure out what my journey is now to become. Keep on doing this work – it is so needed.

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    1. Eva, Thank you so much for these words. You have no idea how much they are needed. I am not sure many understand nor was I prepared for how difficult this part of the journey would be. Thank you so much, and I will keep speaking, I will. Justine

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