What I’ve been up to—Kay’s books & book projects.
For the past two years I’ve been working on my writing and publishing skills. My intention was to learn what I needed to do to get my own books and content published. However, I ended up working on multiple book projects in a variety of capacities. I am either an author or have been acknowledged in some way for my contribution to each of the books below. I either wrote content, helped with the publication process, the launch or the marketing for each of the following books, and I must tell you that not only have I learned a lot, it has been really, really fun!
Your Holiday Feast by Kay Rice, M.Ed.
Your Holiday Feast is a holiday cookbook & planning guide which is full of my family recipes and tips that I used for decades while hosting our annual Thanksgiving Family Reunion. Guests arrived early in the week and stayed until the weekend. It is so nice to have all of our family recipes in one place, and it has been fun to share. ELEGANT & EASY HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING Whether you are entertaining during the holiday for the first time or whether you are seasoned holiday host or hostess, Your Holiday Feast cookbook and planning guide was created for you. If you have never made a traditional Holiday Dinner, this book has all the information you will need in one place: –Traditional recipes & family favorites –Organizational tips –Suggestions for making things ahead of time –Shopping and planning lists –Tips for making everyone feel welcome and at home You will learn how easy it is to make your holiday entertaining stress free, elegant, and a time for everyone to look forward to and remember long after the event. Whether you are hosting a small gathering or a large crowd, you can consider Your Holiday Feast your holiday entertaining blueprint! You will find suggestions to make your holiday a time to enjoy family and food, and will create memories and traditions that will last for years to come. Have your guests raving about how delicious everything is and be amazed at how easy you make it look. It is all in the planning and preparation, and of course, the delicious recipes!
So, What Do You Do? Vol 2 by Joel Comm, Kay Rice and others …
Next, I contributed a chapter to New York Time’s best selling author, Joel Comm’s book, So What Do You Do, Vol 2. Every person has been created by God with a set of unique passions, talents, skills, abilities, personality and presence which makes them completely unique from anyone who has ever, or will ever, live. When you are doing what you were made to do, you have the opportunity to positively impact the people and world around you.Unlike many books which highlight the “gurus”, “So What Do You Do? Discovering the Genius Next Door with One Simple Question” puts the spotlight on the unsung heroes; the everyday person; your neighbor; each of which has a special expertise which is demonstrated in their vocation or hobby.
From exceptional parenting and exciting adventure travel to growing a thriving business and dealing with issues of personal growth, “So What Do YOU Do?” will take you to new places and inspire you to share your genius with the world.
THINK Like A Self-Made Millionaire by Stewart H. Welch & Kay Rice (contributor)
Think Like A Self-Made Millionaire by Stewart H. Welch, III & Kay Rice (contributor) I helped with this one so much that I received a beautiful acknowledgement from Stewart and my name is on the cover! Not only that, it is the first of a series of books called Get Rich On Purpose® to help people learn about Financial Literacy and how to achieve Financial Freedom. I also was given the opportunity to update the GetRichOnPurpose.com website. In THINK Like a Self-Made Millionaire: 10 Secrets to Success, learn the success secrets of virtually all self-made millionaires. You’ll pick up proven strategies and action steps to help you achieve sustainable financial freedom, peace of mind, and life success! Through the Get Rich on Purpose® series, America’s Financial Advisor, Stewart H. Welch III, shares the financial expertise and wealth “secrets” he learned while going from an average twenty-something to self-made millionaire before the age of forty. His message is clear: “Everyone has the power to transform themselves and create extraordinary levels of success.”
Stewart H. Welch, III – Managing Member & Founder of the Welch Group, LLC – Author & creator of the Get Rich on Purpose® Series
“Kay has been a friend and encourager to me for more than a decade. As a consultant and project manager, she has taken more than one of my visions from idea to reality. She created the platforms for my upcoming Get Rich on Purpose® book series (2016) and my Ultimate Fitness Quest (2010 & 2016). She managed website design, social media presence, branding and has provided valuable input as to product and program content and development. Thanks to her persistent nudges, my Get Rich On Purpose® book series will soon be a reality and I have been delighted to have her on my team again. During my Ultimate Fitness Quest(s), she not only was a consultant and project manager, she also was on my panel of experts as a Wellness Coach and provided the nutrition program & coaching for me, and later for the entire Welch Group employees (and we all got results.) Kay is tenacious, smart and good at figuring out how to get things done. With a clear understanding of the vision, Kay is able to manage complex projects, create and manage teams, and outsource tasks with very little supervision. She is consistent & competent in her ability to handle challenges and find solutions in a fast paced and changing environment by being flexible, creative, willing to learn new things and being and solution oriented.”
Finding Your Best Places by Dan Furst
I met Dan Furst, Astrocartographer and Author of Finding Your Best Places, Using Astrocartography to Navigate your Life, in 2012 when I was traveling in Peru. Dan came to me for advice on how to better use his website and content for reaching more of his clients, and then again to coach him through the self-publishing process. Dan’s book is quite a work of art with all the maps and 4 color process in the interior. I am very proud to have supported him in bringing his work to publication and he generously acknowledged for my help and support. Finding Your Best Places: Using Astrocartography to Navigate Your Life is Dan Furst’s long-awaited first ebook on today’s hottest astrology topic, the exciting new art and science of Astrocartography. This word simply means that we take the same information an astrologer uses to create birth charts and horoscopes – that is, a person’s date, time and place of birth – and we use them to create world maps that are personal and unique, and useful in guiding us to our best destinations for jobs and money, health, family, love relationships, creative and spiritual paths, community, travel destinations, whatever matters most to us. Dan’s Astrocartography readings are amazing! I’ve gotten readings for myself, friends, and synastry readings, too. Right on target and helpful!
Acknowledgement: “For Project management, team coordination, digital publishing guidance and promotional strategies, Kay Rice.”
R*eVe*olution by Denny Robbins-Scott & others
R*eVe*olution The Return of the Divine Feminine is our Evolution by Denye Robbins Scott Journey through the minds and lives of 40 global women leaders as they share their stories of passion, purpose, love and service in this revolutionary anthology. In R-eVe-olution, The Return of the Divine Feminine, you’ll be inspired, moved, and motivated to transform the YIN energy and divine feminine in your own life. These stories will: • Uplift your spirit and reconnect you to your soul • Energize the divine feminine within • Transform your commitment to service and contribution The Yin is the most highly underestimated energy on our planet, and the awakening of the global heart is emerging. The balance of the masculine and feminine energy in the world is essential now and as each of us is willing to participate in the awakening, we help shift the consciousness all around us. Join us in the stories of R-eVe-olution and let’s celebrate the feminine energy on mother earth together.
“It is with utmost respect and gratitude that I want to thank Shareen Ewing, Robert Robbins, Kay Rice, Maryann Brown, Polly Letofsky, Andrea Costantine and Lisa Schultz. Without this team of amazing and powerful beings, this project would not have happened.” Denye Robbins Scott
Plan Ahead by Babs Hart
The author of Plan Ahead, Babs Hart, wrote and self-published a few years ago. It needed updating and she wanted it to be re-published. She she furnished me with the old manuscript and I published it for her through Create Space. She has been in the insurance industry all of her life, and not only does she have her personal clients, but she also speaks at National Conventions, and this book provides valuable information about Long Term Care insurance. While we were updating things, she also had me update her website and convert it to a WordPress site so that she and her assistant could update and add content to it more easily.
Babs Hart, President at Hart Insurance Group
“Kay did an excellent job for me in creating the second edition of my book. There were significant issues to deal with, and she breezed through them seamlessly. She always stayed in touch as changes were needed and being made without consuming my time. She is very smart and a pleasure to work with, so I highly recommend her.”
Sometimes when something really BAD happens, it turns out the be a catalyst for something REALLY GOOD!
The project I had worked on for a year had to be scrapped!
In late April I attended Ken McArthur’s IMPACT event in Denver. I ended up “winning” the #1 spot for something called the Hot Seat. This is where you get to go in front of a panel of some very impressive and successful authors, entrepreneurs and online marketers to pitch your project. I decided to pitch the book project I’ve been working on for my #1 Client. Guess what happened? I pitched my client’s project and after 15 minutes one of the panelists got up and literally “pitched” the book across the room saying, “This book has been launched!” This seems like something “Bad” happened … my entire project was scrapped and it was recommended I let go of my #1 client. Instead, “something good” happened. The remaining 15 minutes the panel urged me to come to terms and find the best way to fire my client and start implementing the strategies I had suggested for him and put my time and energy into my OWN projects and create my own content and products. One of my good fiends in the back of the room literally was doing a happy dance and cheering the panel on. The panel convinced me of what I had suspected all along. There was no way for me to make this project a success without more funding and participation from my client. So, BAD NEWS … I lost my client and the income. GOOD NEWS! I am now focusing on myself, my projects and what I am to bring to the world!
My car got totaled
A few weeks later, at the end of a very long day, while moving into a new place I’d found to roost while here in Colorado, something unfortunate happened. Someone backed out of a parking spot … it was a blind spot because he was behind a big car and we couldn’t see each other, and he was in a hurry so he hit my car pretty hard. I wasn’t expecting that at the end of my moving day I would have someone take out the right side of my car, but he did damage from the front wheel all the way to the back bumper. My car drove just fine, but when I had it taken into the body shop and the disassembled it they found that it had done significant damage to my suspension … and my car was declared a total loss. BAD NEWS, right? Oh dear, I was so happy to have my little Nissan paid off, and suddenly I found myself out shopping for a new car, and something more appropriate than my Nissan Altima for driving through mountains and snow! So the good news? I got a nice check for my Altima, sufficient for a down payment on a new Subaru Outback AND enough to live on for another couple of months while I work on my website! YAY!
I had to find a new place to live
The circumstances around my move was another interesting story. I’d been house-sitting for almost 3 months in a beautiful and comfortable home, and had even had the opportunity to do some fairly extensive home improvement and landscaping for the owner. I had hoped that it might turn into a roommate situation where I could rent a room and have a place to land in the Denver area part time. I have an aging mother, and I’m her only living child and need to go spend time with her in Virginia. I have committed to being there to check in with her every three months. I have two children in Colorado and want to be here part of the time for them, too. I have set an intention to be have a home on both sides of the country. It became clear that was not meant to happen in the home where I’d spent almost three months house-sitting … so that seemed like “Bad News”. Right? Housing in Denver is expensive and I wasn’t ready to make a lease commitment. It seemed to me that I would be heading back to the East Coast to find my first landing space there, near my mother. Colorado is beautiful, and I didn’t want to have to leave. Virginia is also beautiful, but I didn’t feel ready for a longer commitment there yet. I kept wondering and asking, “Where am I supposed to be?” I was prepared to pack up and leave within 3 days, even though that didn’t feel right either. I kept reminding myself to trust the wisdom of the Universe, and maybe I did need to be East, and if not I trusted something would show up. I took Memorial Day to do a 10 mile hike and the idea that I may be packing to leave Colorado in the next 3 days was heavily on my mind and I was reconciling myself to the idea. When I returned that evening to attend my favorite drum circle, a woman showed up looking for me. She’s heard that I might be looking for a place to rent. She had a basement apartment with new floors, new paint, bedroom/bath and a large area for living and working (even with a big desk for my work!) … and the next day I moved in. It took faith to “trust” in the wisdom of the opportunities that would present themselves and the doors that were closing. Fear and resistance would have shut me down, so I trusted and reconciled myself that I may be leaving in a few days. It was no accident that this woman showed up “just in time” and wanted to rent her apartment to me for EXACTLY the amount that I had in mind. Miracles happen every single day if we are open to them. Again, a circumstance that seemed like it was “bad” opened the door to something much, much better.
I set my intentions on having a home on both sides of the country. Now, in fact, I do have a place to live in both Colorado and Virginia. It hasn’t happened exactly the way I envisioned it, or at least not yet. However, I have to recognize that was what I had asked for, and the Universe as orchestrated and manifested it. I could have resisted the process and gone kicking and screaming, thinking that “bad” things were happening and everything is just awful. Instead, I stood back and said, WOW, this is exactly what I asked for, and it is happening in a very different way than I had imagined, and even sooner that I thought it could. I know there will be a time that I need to go back to Virginia and spend an extended time there, and I am prepared to do that. Part of me looks forward to that time and I am staying open and flexible as to when that might be. I am waiting and open and trust that I will be shown the right time.
My website had to have a complete over-haul
So now for more bad news … right? My poor little website has been sadly neglected while I’ve been working on other people’s projects. My graphic designer convinced me to convert to a new theme, which I was happy to do since my old theme didn’t seem to be working correctly and I couldn’t work out the snags. Unfortunately, the NEW theme was having issues, too. Finally between the designer, the hosting company and me … we decided my entire site needed to be scrapped and begin all over with a new WordPress Install. Argh! Well, maybe that isn’t so bad, anyway. So much of my content lacked strategy, and my “About” page was written a decade ago, and I won’t even be saying the same thing, nor will my website be “about” the same content that it was before. So it SEEMS like having to completely start over with my website was another something “Bad” … but now I see it was the very best thing, and it actually is forcing me to create new content, implement new strategies, and explore new ways to add value to my posts and content. So it turned out to be something GOOD!
Here is the lesson
We must learn to trust the wisdom of the Universe and the wisdom of Uncertainty. It is so easy to get upset when things don’t go the way we think they should. It is easy to become fearful and resistant in those times. Many folks live their lives this way, and it causes so much stress and unhappiness, and even disease. Unhappy people tend to also be physically unhealthy. I’ve heard it said that it is not wise to argue with the Universe. When things don’t seem to be going the way we think they should and doors are closing, it is time to look opportunities. Often times, what we need and where we need to be is something or someplace that we don’t even know existed. It is important that we be open at these times, and have awareness that many times our challenges are actually opportunities in disguise. I don’t think it is any accident when people and circumstances show up for us, just in the nick of time. If we set our sights on some goal or accomplishment that we want to achieve, it may not happen exactly as we expect. There may be road-blocks, challenges, and unexpected events along the way. Keep going as the mystery unfolds. Life is a journey and we have the choice to navigate life’s challenges kicking and screaming or we can choose to enjoy the ride. This doesn’t mean there won’t be heartaches, heartbreaks, real challenges, uncertain times, nor that “bad things” don’t happen to good people. Life can be messy at times, for sure. What it does mean is we have choices in how we navigate through the changes and challenges in our lives, and we can learn tools and strategies to navigate these times.
I am grateful for my life and for the people and experiences that even the most challenging times have allowed me to experience. Some might say I have led an adventurous and exciting life. Others may see the heart-ache and anguish from some very difficult times and circumstances I have navigated and have asked me how I have managed to stay sane, much less happy and positive. Trust me, it has not all been easy, and I have processed grief, anger, disappointment, depression, deep sadness, despair and some days I got though by reminding myself, “if I can just keep putting one foot down in front of the other, I will make it through this.” Our experiences and challenges make us who we are. I believe in a phrase I found in a book when I was a child “the obstacles in life will make us bettor or bitter, and we have a choice.” When I read that quote I decided right then, I would choose to have my challenges make me better, and I didn’t want to be bitter. Thank you for that little green and white book sitting on the nightstand at my grandmother’s house. It made a difference.