27 Jun Announcing the Proud Arrival of My Grit Journal
I initially started writing Mrs Brown’s Blogs to make sense of my son’s leukaemia diagnosis in January 2016. I wrote because I couldn’t talk. I interacted because I couldn’t listen. I shared because it was tearing me up inside. In a unique twist of turns, My Grit Journal is a sequel to this terrible turn of events. My Grit Journal was written because I found the strength to talk again. My Grit Journal is the product of listening and working with a variety of children, young people and adults. My Grit Journal will be published on 29th June 2018; you will find my tools for change throughout the journal.
I have always wanted to write a book which has surprised me because English was not a subject I pursued academically. As an avid reader of books focussed on social and cultural anthropology, I have always strived to understand human behaviour better and work with others towards a more positive and purposeful future.
My Grit Journal is a product of this reading and the outcome of working with diverse communities of children and adults in the last 20 years. The one thing that I have noticed over the years is that many people never achieve what they should because they believe:
- ‘I can’t’ rather than ‘I can”
- Making mistakes should be avoided
- Success is rooted in a natural ability
With this in mind, I wanted to empower people to be the best they can and give them a tool to help them achieve it. My Grit Journal is full of activities to help develop the grit needed to adopt an attitude of success, embrace challenge and goal-set for change. This what helped me through those early, dark and harrowing days when Felix was diagnosed. It is what empowered me to keep looking towards a positive future, a future designed for me and my family.
I would welcome any help you can offer at all to get My Grit Journal to the masses – any shameless plugging, celebrity tagging or good old chatting would really be appreciated.
Thank you, as always, for your unfaltering support.