It’s a Wonderful Life

I got an early heads up that my book was back from the printers on Monday. It came in during an email conversation with my editor and we were both so excited and she said she’d send me a copy asap!


Asap turned out to be the very next day!!! I almost hugged the delivery man because I knew what he was handing me. Something I’ve worked on the past two years. A labor of love that began as a dream 20 plus years ago when I was Tole Painting up a frenzy and secretly thinking how awesome it would be to write my own book filled with projects to share with others. But like most of us do, I didn’t do anything about the dream.  But the dream didn’t go away.


And when the time was right, it came back stronger than ever and at a point in my life that it was actually possible to pursue this dream. I now had the support system in place, was at a good point in my art journey, and had something important that I wanted to share. No one really tells  you how much time and work is involved in writing a book. It takes so much more than I ever imagined. It’s truly a journey and I’ve learned so much along the way. It has made me stronger. Everything was new and the past two years have been full of ‘first times’, with  many emotions experienced along the way. Excitement, fear, frustration, surprise, exhaustion, amazement, and inspiration. I lived ‘Art at the Speed of Life’ the whole way through.

Yesterday I finally was able to hold the culmination of my dreams and efforts in my own hands. It felt so good.

Thank you all so much for following my journey, inspiring me to keep keep going, supporting my efforts, encouraging me with your comments and helping to make this dream come true.

‘Finally, I must give thanks to the “Master Artist’ for putting these people in my life, this dream in my heart, and the brush in my hand.’


26 responses

  1. Congratulations, Pam!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing your journey in producing the book. It is going on my wish list. 🙂

  2. Congrats! Love the cover and the title – I want to open it up right now myself! It must be an amazing feeling to hold it in your hands after all the dreaming and hard work! Wonderful, indeed!

  3. Pam, it looks FABULOUS. I have to have a copy. When will Amazon have it ready to ship, do you know? I have a small box coming from my mom in California to me in Panama in the next couple weeks. I hope I can order it and have it in there for me too!! Do you have any extras I can get direct from you? I am so excited to get it from someone I know (well almost, right) and get me going on new and different projects. Especially since I am not able to make the Paris trip. xoxoxoxo Sandy

  4. It’s A Wonderful Life is so appropriate for your early Christmas gift. It has to be just awesome to hold your book in your hands. Congratulations and Happy Holidays to you and yours.

  5. What a wonderful moment it must be for you! To work hard and to pursue a dream is such a risk, and you took it! You inspire us all, and I am so happy for you!

  6. Pam – your post today was inspiring. I too have followed you for some time. Congratulations on meeting all your goals. That is an understatement. I too have set high goals for myself and continually get frustrated at my lack of progress. Your journey has inspired me to keep at it.
    I’m off to buy your book

  7. Dear Pam, CONGRATULATIONS on realizing a Dream Come True! It’s so good to see people following their heart’s calling and living their dream! I can’t wait to see the book!!!

  8. Woo hooooooo, congratulations Pam, it must feel amazing to finally have your dream come true, especially after you worked so hard 🙂
    Happy Holidays to you and your family,

  9. i have followed you through most of this effort for the past 2 years (has it really been 2 years? where does the time go?) and i am amazed at your courage and bravery. courage to actually do it and bravery to stay the course. i witnessed many of your “first times” and felt many of these emotions your write about for you. thank you for sharing your life.

  10. Oh that is just sooo awesome! Congratulations on such a huge achievement!! I am waiting for my copy (very impatiently), as I ordered it some time ago and is due for delivery in Feb. Cain’t wait!!

    Have a very Merry Christmas!


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