Here's a short clip of the introduction of my new book, Unashamed, that comes out in June 2017. I'll be posting short clips over the next few weeks and it's my hope that some of my thoughts might inspire you.
I have always been a writer. I have journals going back to high school that I still have! I have always enjoyed expressing myself through writing. Well, now in 2017, they year that I actually turn 40...OMG...I've decided to let the cat out of the bag! I really can't run away from who I am. I am a creative spirit. I am an artist. I'm a designer. I'm a writer. I'm an entertainer and most of all......I INSPIRE PEOPLE. And that's what I do. And the truth is, I'm unfolding like a flower who God made and as I discover more of who I am, I am determined to live it out...because that's what I was born to do. My hope is that everyone, especially women, can come to a point in their life like I did, where you truly embrace yourself. Embrace your truth. I'd also like to put a disclaimer here: many times when we talk about embracing self and embracing truth, we can easily take on this 'superwoman' approach to life. I'm not superwoman. Although I believe I can accomplish great things, my ongoing success is a product of not only my determination and who God made me to be, but also a product of many great people around me who believe in me and I think it's so incredibly important to understand that 'knowing self' is key and also, keeping the right company, a company of champions can be a great key to your success! Know that and understand that...but this book....this book is about YOU. I want YOU to know YOU. I want you to never ever be ashamed of who you are. Well, enjoy the excerpt and if you want to support this project, you can pre-order the book and hear a clip of the song that will come out in June!
EXCERPT: Unashamed by AMMA JO
I have one goal with this book- freedom for every woman...everywhere.
What would you do if you had no fear?
What would you do if you had no shame?
And I mean NO SHAME. Absolutely none.
Who can you become when you are free?
What would you do if you could conquer those voices of the past who tell you negative things or set limitations for you.
What if WHAT OTHERS THINK wasn’t the main thing.
Who do you now become?
As women, we begin our lives as hopeful, limitless, dreamers. We think beyond our limitations...in fact we know no limitations. We talk about what we will do and who we will be. We envision for ourselves a very beautiful life.
Then as we live and as we grow...we make mistakes. We face disappointments. We fall short of our goals.
As a child, we are extremely resilient.
Yet, as we grow, we begin to absorb these incidents we call ‘failures’ and we become ashamed.
We become ashamed of our weight.
Ashamed we aren’t good enough mothers.
Ashamed we didn’t get the job we wanted.
Ashamed we didn’t accomplish the goal we wanted.
Ashamed of not having enough money.
Ashamed of a divorce.
Ashamed of having a child at the ‘wrong’ time.
Life becomes burdensome and we constantly have that little ‘nagging’ feeling inside of discomfort with our own being.
Where is the freedom?
Let’s define it.
Avoid the Biggest Killer- Self Sabotage.
Sometimes it’s just a comfort to know we all go through the same wind of emotions.
At times we feel like life is spinning out of control. We feel like we can’t catch up with ourselves. It’s like stepping outside of your own body and watching yourself try to catch up to yourself! LOL! The truth is that when you make certain changes in your life, there will be times that life seems like it’s a little out of control.
You start a business or a new job and it really seems like...well...chaos.
That’s what it seems like.
It seems like, ‘Darn, I can’t get everything done.’
It seems like, ‘Man, if I just had more money, I would just be better’.
You know, but maybe sometimes life is telling us to OWN where we are instead of being ashamed of where we’re NOT.
Have you ever thought of owning the moment?
Yes, own the moment. Own it all. Your good parts, bad parts, so so parts. It’s all a part of your story. It’s all a part of becoming. And maybe the chaos...just maybe that chaos is leading you into a certain direction...into a BIGGER version of yourself.
A version of you that requires more faith...more determination...less trying to figure everything out. The truth is that, we will never attain this place of perfection and that is totally ok. Allow yourself to just be yourself.
At these chaotic points in your life, here’s the most important thing: DON’T LOSE YOURSELF.
You may feel lost, but you don’t have to BE lost.
Life sometimes comes tumbling in and the first temptation, especially for us as women, is to LOSE ourselves. We lose touch of our dreams, burying our time and energy into other people and other people’s projects. We let our health slip at the expense of others. Because of guilt, we try to do TOO MUCH for others and we neglect our own health.
A lot of times, we just feel SHAME when it comes to taking care of ourselves. We feel guilty when we take the time for US….especially during times of chaos. During times of chaos, we feel so guilty that life is not perfect, we overwork ourselves trying to do everything, be everywhere, clean everything, organize everything….but inside, we’re slipping away.
Don’t LOSE yourself.
Don’t LOSE your faith.
Life can seem like it’s tumbling down on you and you don’t want to wake up in the morning or be around people or you just feel anxiety overwhelming your soul.
Don’t LOSE yourself.
Do whatever you need to do. Talk to your friend. Go work out. Go take a walk. Decide to clear your schedule. Maybe there are a few volunteer projects you can let go.
Do WHATEVER you need to do to create SPACE for you.
Create that space for yourself because that’s what life is demanding of you. Your life is wanting you to come up to a higher level of yourself….not necessarily a better version of you….but a BIGGER version of you.
This is your time to DIG REALLY deep, not a time to be everywhere overworking yourself.
This is a time to stop being ASHAMED of the bigger version of you and PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE.
THIS is the time to write that song….to be that person you want to be.
THIS is the time to start that blog.
THIS is the time to take that acting class you’ve been wanting to take.
THIS is the time to DO IT.
That BIGGER version of you is calling out. RESPOND.