As a freelance writer, pr, journalist and much more I'm getting to work on SO many interesting projects. But sometimes they're not just interesting, they are inspirational and I also get to mix work with pleasure!
I've known Lisa and Jeremy Davis for years and years - I first met Lisa probably 30-odd years ago through The Salvation Army in the Channel Islands (she's from Guernsey and a LOT younger than me, I'm Jersey!) and then I had the pleasure of making friends with Jeremy!
I saw them in May this year at a big Salvation Army event in London and I had quite a shock - Jeremy seemed to have halved in size!
He's always been a big, cuddly, smiling, friendly kind of guy .... and he was still smiling, friendly and happy but he had also lost an amazing amount of weight. I, and apparently many more of his friends, were intrigued as to how he'd managed to shed so many pounds and, a few months later when the three of us met over a cup of tea in a hotel overlooking the harbour in Jersey, Jeremy told me that SO many people had asked for the secret of his weight loss that he'd started to write down his story.
What has followed is a few astonishing months in which the ever enthusiastic, massively hardworking and creatively positive Jeremy has not only completed the book but has now had it published!!! It's called Finally Climbing My Tree - Lost 70lbs Found Myself.
Throughout this period Jeremy has learnt much more than how to write a book. He's also got a handle on all the (many) complicated things needed to get it to press.
Here's the proof. If you've ever wanted to know what 1,000 paperbacks look like, this is it!
Now before you all start yelling 'OH NO, Not ANOTHER diet book!' let me stop you!
Finally Climbing My Tree is NOT a diet book - Hallelujah! - and it's not even just about losing weight, although that's an amazing story in itself. It's not simply the tale of how Jeremy finally, after years of struggle, took control of his weight, but also the narrative of how this led to much more control over many more areas of his life.
As Jeremy INTENTIONALLY decided to change his attitude to food, exercise and life, he altered not just his waistline but also his entire outlook on life. Although he's always been a strategic thinking, well planned and resourceful positive person, his weight loss journey has sparked a whole new way of thinking for Jeremy which has left him more self confident, determined and intentional.
You'll note that word again - Intentional - and apart from the book, this past few months has also resulted in the creation of 'Intentional Group', a new company which will come alongside people to help THEM become more 'intentional' in many areas of their lives and 'to help make the unbelievable believable'.
I love the concept of 'Intentional' because I guess it's where I have come from in many aspects of my own life. Although along the way I've sometimes prevaricated, I'm definitely a believer that if you want something to happen, you can make it so! If you want to be happy then thinking and acting positively can help. If you are determined on a particular career path then working hard and taking the opportunities can lead to open doors. It may take sacrifices and the cards might not always fall the way you want them to, but determining to be intentional in your life is far better than just ambling along and hoping for the best. Conversely, if you think the worst will happen then it probably will. I know life is much more complicated than that but I've proved many times that when I've intentionally planned and have worked towards an aim, I'm much more likely to achieve it!
I've been privileged to walk this last few months with Jeremy and Lisa and other friends as we've worked on getting the book to print, the website created and so much more. I've absolutely loved working on the text with him, and I thank Jeremy for getting me involved. I'd like to thank Jeremy for this inspirational book and concept. And I look forward to the Intentional Resources future!
So, Finally Climbing My Tree - Lost 70lbs Found Myself is now available. I've read it (several times) and am trying to implement part of the system which I hope will also make an impact on my own expanding waistline. I'll keep you informed.