WOW it has been a busy couple of weeks! Who knew that chasing my dreams and accomplishing goals would so all-consuming. But it has been such a blast so far and honestly really encouraging.
(If you are interested in following along on the day to day I provide a lot more frequent updates via Instagram (@the.megan.mill) and Facebook.
If you want to know more about the book I am writing or get a copy of it, you can see the Kickstarter page here . There are also other rewards, like vinyl stickers, postcards, prints, or commissioned art. The campaign goes until the end of February and as of right now I am only $700 away from my goal! Which means 39 lovely backers out there have helped me to get 72% of the way!
The process itself has consisted of so many different pieces, from sketching, inking the final drawings, painting the illustrations, scanning, digitally editing, page layouts, text editing, marketing, researching publishing methods, connecting with nannies on social media, reaching out to organizations and companies to collaborate (that hasn’t been as successful as I would have hoped… thus far anyway… but if you want to collaborate please let me know!), filtering through unsolicited advice, thanking backers, prepping files for print… Gosh, the list goes on and on!
In reality though, it really has been fun to have a goal to reach for and go after. And even more encouraging has been the chance to get to connect with so many awesome people! Lots of nannies have messaged me to say how excited they are for this book… how they have been looking for a resource like this or how they wish there were more children’s books on the market related to the topic of nannies. I never knew how big the nannying community actually was! So many others out there who also love kids and crafts, creativity and playgrounds. But also so many other who have gotten close to a little one, developed a bond, but then had to say goodbye. It really is a tough balance of holding on and letting go. And not just for nannies… in life in general. No matter who we love, nothing is permanent and we will all face changes, transitions, and goodbyes.
Because of the excitement I have seen and how much I have enjoyed this process, I am feeling more and more confident that this will not be my only children’s book. I have one or two more in mind for now… But am trying to not get too far ahead of myself… Gotta finish one first!
For those of you who don’t know me or really know my history, I have struggled with depression on and off for most of my life. There have been a lot of days where everything has felt so remarkably meaningless and it was hard to get excited about anything. So the fact that I have goals right now… and not goals that were part of a pre-determined plan (graduate high school, go to college, get a degree, get a job, etc.), goals that I am excited about and actually want to achieve… this feels big. My life feel full of passion and authenticity and dreams! (Man, I sound like a sappy commercial or something…) And to bring it back down to earth, ya, there have been hard days. Days of anxiety and self-doubt and frustration. Days where I have said “holy crap holy crap what am I doing, I’m not qualified for this, I’m going to fail, ahhhh”. But all-in-all it has been a good season.
Though, speaking of seasons, it has been remarkably cold here in Virginia recently. So one of my other goals to walk all of Blacksburg hasn’t gotten a whole lot of focus. In fact, I think I have only been on three outdoor walks since the new year. But as things warm up I am excited to get back into that as well. Today I went out on a trail I never knew existed and found a beautiful field, informational plant signs, and some deer poop…. So, that was a win, right?
Thanks for following along on this journey! I would love to connect with you, hear your goals and passions (or what you saw on a walk today!) so feel free to leave a comment below! :)