Plans and Planning
Humans Plan, God Laughs
~ Yiddish saying
This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite expressions. It makes me laugh, and it makes me cry. I am surprised at how often this shows up in my life. The example I’m going to share with you is the journey of my upcoming book called Ayurvedic Yoga.
I woke up on January 1st, 2018 knowing with all my heart that this was the year I was going to write a book. I love books. I have loved books since I was 4. I have always wanted to write a book. And 2018 was going to be the year of the book.
As with many dreams, the flow of things has it’s own pattern and ideas. I told my friend Susan that I wanted to write a book, and she offered to host a session to help me figure out what to write about. Thank you Susan (and the universe)! What a wonderful support this was. Did I plan this? Nope. Never even knew it was an option.
The group of us got together in mid-January with Susan to figure out what I should write a book about. It didn’t take long for the ideas to flow and for a topic to be picked – Ayurvedic Yoga. Once that was settled my friend Andrea says, “I want to read the other book.” I starred at her and said, “What other book? I’m just writing the one book.” She replies, “When you’re writing the Ayurvedic Yoga book there’s going to be a bunch of stuff you want to say that isn’t going to fit in… All that other stuff, that’s the book I want to read.” I hugged her and laughed, cause I didn’t know what else say.
I told my friend Sonya that I was writing a book and she told me about an online course for health care professionals who wanted to write books. So I took the course. Did I plan this? Not one bit. Thank you Sonya (and the universe)!
In February 2018 I wrote the rough draft of the manuscript for Ayurvedic Yoga. And wouldn’t you know it, there was all this stuff I wanted to say that did not fit in with the flow and intention of the content. So in March 2018 I wrote a second manuscript for a book called Ayurveda’s Three Pillars of Health. Looked like Andrea was going to get her book after all! Was this my plan, my idea? Nope. Thanks Andrea (and the universe).
In April I had a great plan. I knew who I would ask to proof-read and review each of the manuscripts. I figured it would take about 3 weeks. By mid-June, I moved forward with what I had. Out of 10 people asked for each book, I got about 4 who actually read some or all the manuscript and gave me feedback. Was this my plan? Absolutely not. That said, I’d made it this far and was willing to trust that the universe also has a plan, and that I was safe to follow along.
At the end of June 2018 I hired a self-publishing company to help me edit and prepare the book for publication. OMGoodness – I thought writing the book was a lot of work… That part was easy compared to the process of cover design, sales copy, back cover copy, various rounds of editing, and a TON of proof reading. Whoa. I was not prepared for the work involved. Thank goodness my team at Archangel Ink was AMAZING!
Here are a few of the things that did not go as I had planned in the production process included:
- Formatting English and Sanskrit in the manuscript – holy cow! A whole other world… and
- Diacritical marks – these are the dots, dashes, and additional marks that let you know what the Sanskrit sounds are.
Weeks and weeks of work and review. I was developing a whole other level of respect for Nicolai Bachman and every other yogi who used the Sanskrit and diacritical marks in their books.
Then in October 2018, it looked like we were approaching the finish line… We were going to have a book by mid-November! Was I ever excited – even ecstatic! Until my teacher Larissa reached out and said, “Can we talk about your book?” Larissa had some wonderful feedback for me, feedback that I am (and was) so grateful for. However, what it meant was pulling the book from ‘almost finished’, making significant changes, and going back through editing again. I knew in my heart that the goal of mid-November was less important than doing the work well. My heart sank as I called my publishing coordinator, Kristie Lynn, an amazing woman. She was very generous, understanding, and supportive. Messing with the timeline didn’t only change the book release date, but the whole cycle of book production – it messed with my schedule and the schedules of everyone else involved. Did I plan this? Nope. Thank you universe…?
And so we did more work, and re-did more work, and then the holidays happened. My plan of “I’m writing and releasing a book in 2018” started to fizzle. I even found a bug in some of their software… When we went to convert the manuscript into the file format to get a print book, all the diacritical marks and formatting went missing. Was this the plan? Definitely not. And so many, many, many revisions and emails back and forth commenced.
Then one day in January I emailed Tyler and said, “OK. I didn’t find anything this time.” And he said, “That’s great. It’s done.” My response was “what do you mean?”… I had resigned myself to working on this project until my last days of being, so I couldn’t comprehend that we had very subtlety and quietly, crossed the finish line. “Are you sure?” I emailed Tyler and Kristie Lynn. They were sure. It was done. In my mind I thought completing the project would have a more pronounced “mic drop” type of feel. So again, the whole planning thing did not go as I had thought.
So now it’s mid February 2019 and I have a book. It’s called Ayurvedic Yoga, and it’s a book for yoga teachers. It’s to help them blend together Yoga and Ayurveda skillfully for their classes.
We’ll be launching the book on March 1st, 2019 @ Janati. And as weird as it makes me feel, I’m even going to sign books if that’s what people want.
What I learned through this process is that the planning was important to get me across the completion line… however I had to relax around the plan itself, cause that part isn’t always up to us.
I hope you’ll join us for the launch party. And if you’re a yoga teacher and you get the book I hope it is useful for you. I’m still working on the second book… and I might write a blog about that one when the time comes. Either way, we plan and the universe laughs.
Have a great day!
If you’d like to join as at the book launch, find the information here .