“Bloom Where You Are Planted and SHINE!” Rebecca Hall Gruyter, Book Compiler Thank you for leaning into Bloom Where You Are Planted and SHINE! I’m honored and excited to bring this powerful book to you, featuring over 25 experts that are committed to helping you SHINE powerfully in your life! As a women’s empowerment leader, I know a lot about being disempowered and how to overcome that in order to step into your passion, power, and gifts so that you SHINE! I celebrate you saying ‘yes’ to this book and to yourself! It is a courageous act to say ‘yes’ to you and to be willing to let others walk beside you to support and cheer you on in life. I was honored when Teresa Hawley-Howard from Woman on a Mission (WOM) Publishing wanted to publish a book for us. WOM leaned in to the heart and vision of bringing multiple heart-centered authors and experts together to share their respective journeys and wisdom, as well as profound and practical tips to empower our readers to Bloom Where You Are Planted and SHINE. In sharing their stories, they will equip and empower you overcome challenges, stand in your truth, grow your roots deeply, and SHINE! I believe this book is a living and interactive book that will speak wisdom, encouragement, and power into your life. Your heart will be touched and you will be motivated and to take action to step forward powerfully in your life. I want to invite you to pause, take a deep breath, and be ready to receive these powerful stories and messages so they can ignite a fire in you, inspire courage in you, and focus your purpose in your life to encourage you to take action now and SHINE! I’m passionate about women stepping forward and sharing their wisdom, heart, lives, and stories because I know firsthand what it like to come from a much disempowered place. I experienced all types of abuse during my most formative years – the tender ages of 5 to 13. I actually continued to visit that abusive environment until the age of eighteen. This environment of abuse made me believe false messages like: “I am not okay,” “there is something wrong with me,” that it must be “my fault,” and that it is “NOT safe to be seen or heard.” As a result, I became an expert in hiding. When I was finally rescued by my birth father and placed in his home with my stepmother, who became the mother of my heart, I was able start my healing journey. On this journey, I discovered that these beliefs I had embraced were actually lies. I discovered that I am beautifully and wonderfully made (just like you), on purpose and for a purpose; that I matter and am needed just as I am; that it wasn’t my fault; and ultimately that it is safe to be seen, heard, and SHINE! So my mission - the calling of my heart - is to help others understand same truths: We are all beautifully and wonderfully made and needed just as we are. When we step forward and share the gift of us, it makes a difference in our lives and in the lives of those around us. This means we have to be willing to be seen on the same level that we are wanting to serve and make a difference in the world. The more you SHINE, the more you are paving the way for others while sharing the amazing gift of you with the world. My heart’s desire and calling is to equip and empower women to step into the center of their lives not just living life as a supporting character or a role we can hold in life. rather, I want you to really step forward fully in your life. Bring it all; authentically and powerfully share your story, life, and heart with others. Some of the greatest gifts I have been given are by women and men who invested their life and heart in me. This book is allowing us the opportunity to pour into you. To support, celebrate, and to encourage you to Bloom Where You Are Planted and SHINE! We each need others to encourage us, to speak wisdom and truth into us, to love us and cheer us on, and to help us stand up again when we fall. This book will walk beside you to help you run and not grow weary, to complete all that you are called to complete, and to SHINE in your life and business! Now it’s your turn. Are you going to lean in and learn from the wisdom within this book? Will you let us walk beside you on your journey of life? We want to lift you up, support you, encourage, and empower you. It is your choice. We want to help you grow deep roots that can weather the storms in life. You can choose to open the pages and let them pour into you, or you can put this book on a shelf. My heart and prayer is that you will say “yes” to you and lean into the powerful messages of hope that are waiting to pour into you, your heart, and your life.
The first issue of 2018 featuring Rebecca Hall Gruyter. Amazing tips on becoming an author and featuring Dianne Morgan.