Dreams do come true

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 14.24.01Every once in a while you meet someone who just radiates goodness and Charlotte Reed is one of those people.

I sat next to her at the lecture I went to this Saturday and within ten minutes she’d offered me half of her egg and cress sandwich. It was delicious. I admired her pink fluffy jumper and she told me I looked much younger than 37. I was smitten.

We got talking and it turns out that I’ve actually been following Charlotte on Facebook for months. She has a page called called ‘[easyazon_link asin=”1781804192″ locale=”UK” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”hemebl08-21″]May the Thoughts Be with You: Ideas and Wisdom to Inspire Your Days[/easyazon_link]’ where she posts illustrations with inspiring messages on them. They make me smile every day.

I didn’t know the back story but the project started when Charlotte was suffering from severe depression in 2008. As a way of clawing her way out of the hole she was in, she tried to think of one positive thought a day and posted it on Facebook.

She then started to do illustrations to go with the quotes – even though she had no artistic training – and things grew from there. Hundreds, then thousands, started to follow her and friends told her she should make the pictures into a book.

She did. She published it herself and walked around shops with the books in her rucksack, asking them to stock it. It quickly became their best-seller. She quit her job as a legal secretary to get a stall on Portobello market to sell them. She sold 5,000 copies.

Natalie Imbruglia bought copies for her friends, including Kylie and David Walliams, who started following Charlotte on Twitter (I nearly had a heart attack! she says).

A friend of a friend then brought her to the attention of Hay House publishers (who publish F**K It)  who offered her a book deal. She’s now about to be a mega-bestselling international author in the USA, Canada, Korea and the UK.

I went to the book launch last night (Charlotte’s the kind of person who offers you her sandwich AND invites you to her party even though you’ve only been talking five minutes) and it was one of the most inspiring and feel-good nights I’ve had in a long time.Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 14.09.09

Her mum danced the can-can for entertainment (she was BRILLIANT!), Charlotte sang on stage with her musician boyfriend and you could have bottled all the love in the room.

I went home sober as a judge but high as a kite.

It was a good reminder that we don’t need to read books to be inspired, quite often you only need to talk to the person next to you to remember that real people are doing brilliant things every day, often in the most difficult of circumstances.

If you want a lovely inspiring present please do buy one of Charlotte’s books or prints. That’s an order and she’s not even paying me to say that, I just think I love her almost as much as I love F**K It. And that’s saying something. [easyazon_link asin=”1781804192″ locale=”UK” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”hemebl08-21″]May the Thoughts Be with You: Ideas and Wisdom to Inspire Your Days[/easyazon_link]

www.maythethoughtsbewithyou.com

xx

PS – yesterday was a TRIUMPH – no booze, bank balances checked and an outstanding VAT bill paid, mediated twice, did a semi-run thing, and worked like a little demon until 4pm when I collapsed in a heap and ate chocolate. Luckily giving up chocolate is not one of my goals.

HOW ARE YOU ALL DOING?! PRETTY GOOD FROM WHAT I CAN TELL FROM YESTERDAY’S UPDATES.

MY GOLD STAR FOR BEST PUPIL YESTERDAY GOES TO LONESTARSKY WHO WROTE 1,000 WORDS OF HER BOOK. SHE PLANS TO WRITE 1,000 WORDS EVERY FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH. WHOOP WHOOP. LET US ALL BE MEGA AMAZING BEST-SELLING AUTHORS.

 

33 Responses

  1. Louize says:

    Fantastic news! Can’t wait to read it! Funny was just thinking I hadn’t heard from you for a while only this morning! Spooky

    • Marianne Power says:

      Thank you Louize, it’s funny how that works, isn’t it?

      • Karen Bird says:

        At last. Congratulations and more well deserved.
        So all that blood sweat and tears have paid off.
        I’m very pleased for you, it’s made my day hearing from you.
        I will be moving next week into the unknown with a new puppy
        and thanks to you I’ve taken the chance of a new chapter in my life
        Continue the good work.

        • Marianne Power says:

          Thank you, Karen. Where are you moving to? Tell me more – good luck with everything. Be brave. New chapters are scary but good. Keep in touch. xx

  2. Francesco Cervellera says:

    Congratulation 🙂

  3. Niki Longmuir says:

    I’m thrilled for you, that’s utterly wonderful…! Well done, xxxxx

  4. Susan Sims says:

    I’m so thrilled for you!! Dancing ’round the room on your behalf xxx

    • Marianne Power says:

      Thank you Susan! Dancing down under… I love it. Thank you for being such a great cheerleader throughout all of it – it meant such a lot. xx

  5. Helen says:

    Congratulations. Such great news. You’re an inspiration – you believed in something and kept doggedly on even when times weren’t so easy. Well done. I’ve loved reading your posts – they’ve been insightful and entertaining. Can’t wait to hear what the next bit of new is.

    • Marianne Power says:

      Thank you Helen – it felt very dogged!!! But worth it now, thank god. How are you? Thanks for the lovely words – I’ll be blogging more regularly from now on.

  6. Maria says:

    Well done Marianne, I have followed you from the beginning.

    So great to hear of your success. I wish you all the best, you deserve it.

    Maria

  7. Claire says:

    This is awesome news Marianne!! You’ve cheered up my day 100% xxx

  8. Rebecca Coleman says:

    I’m sure we decided about 3 years ago at one of Claire’s parties who would play you in the film but now I can’t remember who we settled on!

  9. YAAAAAYYY!!! As I said on FB, it’s brilliant news and so well deserved. I can’t wait to read it!! xxxx

  10. Sue Faldo says:

    So very pleased for you I know what a traumatic few years it’s been for you! At last a light at the end of the tunnel and not just a light a huge bright shining starlight. You deserve it and may you now go from strength to strength. Well done!
    SueX ( Sarah’s mum)

  11. Linda says:

    Fantastic news, Im so pleased for you .YYYYYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Oh. My. God! You did it Marianne! So MASSIVELY MASSIVELY happy for you, proud for you and doing whoop whoops around the room here. I can’t wait to see who plays you in the film xxxx

    • Marianne Power says:

      Thank you Amanda – we got there in the end!!! Lovely to hear from you. I’ve been doing a lot of whooping too. I hope you are well. xxx

  13. una says:

    Fantastic, reminding of this quote I saw recently
    “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” — Thomas Edison
    You never gave up. Congrats.

    • Marianne Power says:

      Oh Una I love this quote. Thank you. I didn’t give up, it’s true. It was never even an option – even when things were hard. Lovely to hear from you. I hope you are well.

  14. Ali says:

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it all again 😊 and look forward to hearing your other news ….. xxx

  15. paul says:

    Marianne (or Bette Midler as you still are in my phone contacts – remember……??? !!)

    Just saw your message and so, so pleased for you………..lots to say and ask and from here I’ll contact Rebecca and see if we cant get together. Have thought of you often and this is just great news

    Much Love

    Paul

    Xx

  16. Rosie Gray says:

    Congratulations Marianne. So delighted to hear it all came right in the end. Get ready now for fame and maybe a little bit of fortune. xxx

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