As the glow of the launch remains one of the many sparkling stars which guide our RWP journey, after the enchanted evening, (a short rest, a deep breath, a sigh) it was time to get back to work. Oh, speaking of shining stars, we have many in our Rosy sky, my wonderful Mom, who has always been the biggest fan a daughter, granddaughters, great-grandchildren, could have, my other two daughters who are wonderful women, and always in our cheering section (also part of our “please try this” beta group) Megan’s amazing husband (who puts up with his mother-in-law working long hours in the amazing office he built for us in their new home) all of our illustrators, the wonderful peeps working at the little Ontario print shop, and all of our family and friends who are too numerous to list (OMG academy award speech – sheesh – sorry). Getting back to the next chapter, after the launch we were back to it, preparing more books that our artists were busy illustrating, creating the hypnotherapy that accompanied them, offering some supports for the adults, who lovingly were helping their kids, and you know, everything was finally coming together. We had quite a few wooooo-hoooooo, moments, being invited by another star to present a workshop on how educators could introduce guided imagery to their students, which led to meeting some great people, (and what a fantastic reception!) being awarded a grant to put our workshop online (now it’s worldwide and free to everyone – everywhere – forever). Each book that came out was as exciting as the last, and now there are 11 instead of 4. Even just the fact that the company could pay for the next book to be printed was a pretty amazing milestone. Unfortunately there were some painful moments, after coming up with a work around to provide our customers with the hypnotherapy audios that accompany the book they purchased – the infamous download codes, we found that it was quite challenging for users, (insert sad face here) – more research, and long computer days to figure that out, AND THEN (wait for it) drum roll…….all of the download codes, which are each, individually generated, put in the system, and stickered in each and every book, drum is still rolling…..they all disappeared!!!!! (website host’s update – and NO SOLUTION!) We get to apologize to our customers, we get to KNOW that none of the codes will work in any book sold in the wonderful outlets that our books are in, WOW!
Along with all of our wonderful reviews we also had some feedback that surprised me, and a lot of parents just weren’t comfortable with hypnotherapy – how do we address that? As a Hypnotherapist, it never occurred to me that it would make so many people uneasy.
So the work-around to get our audio’s out is not working well AND we had been scratching our heads trying to figure out how to get our audio’s out to more children in a broader fashion, like the child that reads Adelaide, because she is dealing with anxiety, would really benefit from the audio that accompanies Shelly, promoting self-esteem, and then throw in My Super, Wicked, Awesome Family in to help her recognize all that there is to be grateful for. Or the youngster that is just a great kid, but we want to keep him feeling great, even with the bombardment of our society and its thoughts on how people are suppose to look, and feel, and be, and the pressures that life will bring to him as he grows up, So most of our audios would be great, just to reinforce the values and beliefs he already has. Another dilemma was how is heck do these kids begin a daily practice (you know, like their parents do, to keep themselves balanced) without being bored to tears by the same two audios? (and for anyone who has started a daily meditation practice later in life, you understand how much easier it would have been, had it been a habit that you grew up with – like brushing your teeth)
Life was busy, Megan raising two babies, working toward another degree, my Counselling Hypnotherapy Practice, another part-time/full-time job, but we were happily busy so the big picture questions only got quick small picture solutions. We were scheduled for some Pro-D workshops, here and in Prince George, fit in a book signing tour with Indigo at the Edmonton locations, looking forward to some great wellness conferences, developing new books and workshops, recruiting some more artists, slowly reaching a broader audience….AND THEN….(NO DRUM ROLL)……COVID.
Rosy Window Staff