Wow, what a summer this has been and there's still 10 days left. I'm taking a break between book signings, a much needed rest from my hectic schedule. A dip in the healing waters of Oak Creek in the beautiful city of Sedona, Arizona, is the perfect place for me to be today.
I've met some of the most extraordinary people during my Summer Book Signing Tour. A surprise interview by a reporter from NPR and a mention on the radio was awesome. I shared stories with tons of people with similar life-journies. Incredible connections were made between me and film makers, movie producers, script-writers and photographers at the Jerome Indie Film & Music Fair, which just happened to take place at the Jerome Art Center where my writing studio is located. I helped organizations and friends along the way, donating portions of my book sales to help out with their causes. Some of the best interactions were with people from the east coast, where I was born and raised. But the most astounding situations were with people whom I would have never come into contact with if it had not been for the timing of the events - those were the best of all.
Although these are all wonderful things happening in my life, including the book sales, it can be overwhelming. Remembering to take care of myself first is important. How many of us start our day running at full-speed and don't seem to stop until we collapse at night to fall asleep? I was that person for decades. Time to recharge my batteries by doing nothing, which sometimes seems to be the hardest thing for me.
I am most grateful for the experiences with all of you, and it's not over yet! More book signings are coming this fall. Check out my Buzz Page calendar - I'll be in Bisbee, Arizona, on Friday, October 13th (yes, "Friday the 13th") at Bisbee Books & Music, and at Goldenstein's Gallery in lovely Sedona for Artists Coffee Talk on Saturday, November 11th.
I am taking the time necessary today for myself, to do absolutely nothing but relax, meditate, breathe and accept this amazingly beautiful, abundant and prosperous life.
In love and gratitude ~ Zushka
After a long hiatus (3 years, to be exact) it's time for me to get back out there, into the public eye again. Plans are coming together, venues are being booked and I am looking forward to meeting all of you and telling you a little bit about my story.
The Secret Butterfly Trail is a nonfiction book, however the names and places have been changed to protect those who wish to remain anonymous. Come along as I take you on my journey through losing my house to foreclosure, moving to Michigan, the suicide of my ex-husband and how my life transformed in spite of the aftermath. My ordinary life is nothing less than a beautiful disaster, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Stay tuned to my Buzz Page and check out the calendar for up-coming Book Signings this summer.
The Secret Butterfly Trail is available on amazon.com paperback, Kindle and Audible ; barnesandnoble.com Nook; iBooks digital and Audible; Kobo and Blio digital.
Why on earth would I want to pose nude for a group of photographers?
I'm not a psychologist or an authority on body image. I'm a 50-year-old woman who has suffered with anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder since I was 7 years old.
I've tried therapy and support groups over the past 15 years. Although they have helped tremendously and brought awareness about this disease, I seem to slip back into self-body-hatred periodically. Sometimes it lasts for a few days, sometimes a few months. The time period doesn't matter. What does matter is, even at my age I still struggle with my body. How many women do the same thing? Does it ever end?
For a lot of us, the disease begins in early childhood. For some, it happens in pre-pubescence when our young bodies are in a metamorphose stage from child to adult. The psychological damage done to girls is appalling, both as the result of media hype and the unrealistic expectations that society places on women, and through untreated childhood abuse - verbal, physical, emotional and sexual, to which I am no stranger on all counts.
This is where I've called home for the past 6 years. Not only is Sedona one of the 7 vortex locations on the planet, it is where I spend my days hiking, walking through oak creek, above it all in a glider plane and being a part of this metaphysical community.
Can a place change your life? I think so. It is impossible to stay the same once you are surrounded by the majestic red rocks and healing energy of this place called Sedona. Today I celebrate my 6th anniversary of living here - my home.
Check out this short video clip which was posted on visitsedona.com's Facebook page here: Sedona
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