Searching, I paced up-and-down the self-help aisle at my local bookstore week after week. I was looking for a book to help me learn to love myself and feel good about who I was. I was looking for the answer. Now, I know I was not the only one looking for “the answer,” because the bookshelves were full with lots and lots of really good books.

Through the years, I have spent a lot of money on buying self-help books. I guess you can say, I am a self-help junkie. I have so many authors that are near and dear to my heart, but one that truly stands out for me is Louise Hay.

Reading self-help books reminded me that I was not alone in my search for personal growth. I have learned so much from every book. I would, and still do, read the books, take notes, highlight the important material. But the most important piece was actually doing the exercises. You can spend all the money in the world, but if you do not do the work you have just wasted your money.

It’s like my therapist always says, “You can sit and talk to your therapist week after week, but the change only happens when you put what you have learned into action and change your habits to form new ones that work better for you and your life.”

I was recently asked why I wrote my books. The answer is easy for me. I want to share my story and my ideas so that I can help people in their search for self-love, happiness, peace and contentment. I want to add my books to the shelves so that one day, I can help someone else know that they are not alone in their quest for self-love and contentment.

It’s not easy for lots of us. We are born a clean slate and then life happens and we develop insecurities, false ideas about who we are, and sometimes we never reach our greatest potential. I write my books in the hope that people who read them will not only reach for their potential but will grab it and create the best possible life that they can live.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year, and I hope this year is one of your best!