Yesterday I had an out-of-body experience. Well, not really; it just seemed that way.
I was attending a marathon, all-day event at BAIPA (Bay Area Independent Publishers Association); our meeting in the morning, and a workshop in the afternoon.
I love BAIPA, as readers of my posts know, because it is a terrific way for authors and those of us who offer services (in my case, book manuscript copyediting and promotional copywriting) to connect. The authors range in experience from novice to experienced. Their fascinating topics range from novels, memoirs, and fantasy to history and business.
I always, always, always have fruitful conversations at BAIPA because I completely resonate with authors and writing books.
This time, I decided to choose very carefully the look I would have for the day, as far as clothes I "dig," colors I truly adore, textures I love, and even a bit of whimsy (a piece of jewelry that was a sure conversation starter).
Then, I "programmed" myself to jettison any feelings of tiredness, anger, or disappointment -- mostly at my moodiness over this fickle and unpredictable economy we're all trying to survive. I decided I would focus exclusively on serenity, hopefulness, and maybe even a bit of silliness.
Well, you know what? It worked! I received several compliments and appreciative looks on my appearance, I glided easily from one productive exchange with the many "book people" in the room to another, and I noticed that my exuberance had returned. I had let my natural joie de vivre -- keen enjoyment of life -- out to play.
Vive joie de vivre!