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Embracing Opportunities #AmWriting

Embracing Opportunities.

It’s two years since I published my non-fiction book, How I Changed My Life in a Year and yet that title is still attracting changes and opportunities into my life.

From hitting the number one spot on Amazon’s best-seller list (twice!) to catching the eye of a big five, and helping me to meet so many amazing readers with inspirational stories to tell, my life really has changed.


Writing a book like this allows you to share a personal part of yourself with the world. I never thought of writing a memoir before, but How I Changed My Life in a Year fit perfectly into this genre.

People relate to the ‘real you,’ in the same way, readers devour author interviews to find out about their favourite writer. It’s a joy to share something so private and have it well received.

This book has opened up so many opportunities for me. I’ve been invited to numerous events, workshops, and networking groups to talk about the challenges I took part in for the book. I’ve appeared in the Writers’ Forum Magazine, been interviewed by some of my favourite book bloggers, and now I get to stand up on stage at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham to kick off the inspirational workshops at this year’s Mind Body Spirit Wellbeing Festival.

All the wonderful things that have happened can be traced back to my book. I met the very wonderful, Kim Nash, who blogs at Kim the Bookworm when she contacted me after reading my book. She introduced me to the hugely motivational author, Theresa Cheung who writes the best-selling afterlife titles such as The Ten Secrets of Heaven. It’s thanks to Kim and Theresa that I can join them at the NEC on the 4th November. Our topic is finding Heaven and my section covers Heaven on Earth and what that means to me.


Finding my place as a writer in this world has brought me so much happiness, and this continues to be my focus. Taking myself seriously as a writer was a huge turning point in my life, and by embracing this passion and continuing to evolve my writing skills, I will be able to continue embracing every opportunity that comes my way.

If you would like to join author, Theresa Cheung, spiritual medium, Claire Broad, and myself, for our inspirational workshop, then click HERE for more information about the festival and to buy your ticket.

We are on stage Friday 4th November between 10.30am – 12.30pm.

Have you ever embraced an opportunity that changed you in some way?

17 thoughts on “Embracing Opportunities #AmWriting”

  1. So excited for you Shelley, briefly met Kim on Saturday, just not enough hours in the afternoon to chat to everyone for longer. Glad I went along to one of the meet ups you recommended, just took me a little while!

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  2. Your title drawned me in and so I had to check it out. Great post! 🙂 For me, changing a career path, embracing the oportunity when it came knocking. I now embrace change more than before.

    Happy Monday!

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    1. Happy Monday! Thanks for stopping by, Amina. I’m so glad you clicked the link 🙂 Changing career is a huge step (I’ve done it twice!) but to embrace that change and live a more fulfilling life is amazing. I wish you luck on your new journey x


  3. Congratulations, Shelley. I’ve always admired those who write (and share) memoir. I hope this opportunity is everything you hope for. I’ve had my eye on your nonfiction for so long but am such a YA freak. Actually, now, I think I might move your nonfiction books up on my TBR list. Anyway, sorry to rant. Have fun. 🙂

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