Hi there, thanks for stopping by! I’m Christine. I help artists and entrepreneurs harness the power of the written (and spoken) word to build and grow their audiences and their businesses. I’m the author of several books, including the latest, Secret Phoenix: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, and the writer of the blog From Dreaming to Doing, which you can find here on my website: christinekbailey.com. Each week, I share the inspiring stories of achievement and setback we all encounter along the way to accomplishing our biggest life goals. Find me and connect on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.
Together, let’s be brave and share our stories, our visions, our purpose with the world.
My Story & My Promise
At ten years old, I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. At twenty, I had big dreams and I believed, really believed I could make them come true. Chief among them: I wanted to be a New York Times best-selling author. While I haven’t given up, I’ve realized in my early forties that this life is a little harder than I imagined. Not because becoming an author of that caliber is meant only for a special few, but because doing the work to join their ranks is incredibly difficult. It’s not necessarily the act of getting published that’s so hard, but the internal work of becoming that is.
We may want to be a prolific author, a fit runner, or an accomplished entrepreneur, but the amount of effort, commitment and stick-to-it-ive-ness it takes is so much more than many of us are equipped to handle. The desire may be there, but we don’t necessarily have the tools it will take to bring us so far from where we began. Nor do we have the awareness to recognize that the tools and skills it takes to get to level 2 or 3 are not the habits and practices that will take us to levels 4 through 10 and beyond.
The space where this growth and discovery and change takes place is very uncomfortable. We come face to face with our demons, our past, our baggage, our childhood hurts and grownup regrets, we struggle with defining ourselves by what we’ve done or not done, and on top of it all, often struggle to overcome the doubts and fears piled on by those who love us most. We have yet to recognize that their words are not truth, but fear masquerading as love and concern.
Those who make it through didn’t do it alone.
But, no one tells us any of this. For some of us, we don’t know anyone who has come so close as to feel the strain that such growth generates – the feelings that accompany the breaking and re-making of our very beings. For others, when we reach this place, we assume that we simply must not have what it takes and so stop or even turnaround. Very few of us ever push through to the other side, realizing the biggest obstacles were not the external forces around us, but the ones pushing and pulling from within.
Those who make it through didn’t do it alone. On average, the most successful entrepreneurs have three or more mentors. Authors who have succeeded have a team of early readers, agents and editors dragging them forward toward the publication date. And we all know that the best athletes have coaches, caddies and trainers who keep them healthy, well-practiced and on top of their game.
But, what about the rest of us, who aren’t quite there yet? Who do we have urging us on when it seems like stopping is the very best idea? Well, for right now, we have each other. My commitment is to share with you the setbacks and milestones achieved, the failures and successes that come with finding our own voice and sharing it with the world. Since I was ten, I wanted to be a writer. Today, I know that I am. But, it took 30 years, publishing five books, and the encouragement of others to recognize who I was and what I had to offer. I don’t want you to wait that long, or, for that matter, any longer. Together, let’s be brave and share our stories, our visions, our purpose with the world. Let’s get others on board so we can all achieve those big, beautiful dreams together. After all, I believe that’s why we’re here.