February 11, 2019
When I started to write THREADS and was intrigued by the connections of my life and the avenues those interactions led me, I began to open up a whole new level of belief in myself. In understanding these connections, I had more faith in my choices, more acceptance in my failures and more enjoyment in my life’s moments throughout the journey.
When the date of publication approached with excitement, I embraced all the uncertainties with a level of faith I had never enjoyed before. I was unsure if it would be received positively, or if it would even be deemed a success. The only thing I innately knew was that my book would lead me to many wonderful people. And it did.
THREADS is not only sold on AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE but has now been invited to be sold in two very successful local businesses. My book signing was also a huge success because of yet another business that opened its doors to support it. As THREADS popularity grew, so did the prospects that surrounded it. So many supportive people came forth with ideas, help, and directions to lead it to yet more fruitful gains.
As the journey continues, I am so grateful for the opportunity to meet so many wonderful and engaging people. I revel in the conversations shared by those with similar experiences as the stories within the pages of THREADS. I keep my heart and mind open to the endless possibilities before me if only I dare to have faith and believe in the power of connection.
“Too often we only examine our life in retrospect. We us the benefit of hindsight to contemplate our past motivations and glean meaning from our previous struggles. For many, the patterns of our lives appear as only random zigzags of emotion and knowledge. But what if armed with the simple understanding that our lives are a complex and beautiful tapestry of experiences and connections, we could learn how to alter our paths and better understand our own unique purpose.”
~ An excerpt from Threads by Judith Cosby
January 13, 2019
What gets you through the winter? For me, its sitting in my office, snuggled on my favorite chair with my comfy throw, hot mug of tea or cocoa, my comfort buddy hanging by my side and a really good book!
Winter in New England can feel long and oh, so cold, but there is an element of "home" that I often feel during this season. I tend to stay inside more, nestled within my comfort zones and usually spending more “me” time. My furry family, my dogs and cats, will usually hunker in with me and enjoy the quiet time this winter season brings. Inevitably, I tend to find some favorite books or articles I have been saving for just this occasion. I am definitely a summer girl, loving the vibe the warm months bring, but I have become acutely aware of the benefits of winter. A warm, hearty meal, a tranquil spot and the creature comforts that come from these winter months.
"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is time for home." ~ Edith Sitwell
Why not give yourself the chance to snuggle up with a book that will warm the heart and inspire the soul? My book THREADS is just that book. An introspective read. A memoir that walks you through the moments of life that fulfill the heart and invigorate the soul. Consider adding this memoir to your list of books to read this winter.
DECEMBER 30, 2018
As the close of 2018 is upon us and the new year awaits us I can’t help but reflect on all the positives and negatives of this past year. In doing so, I can’t help but smile. My year started with my youngest daughter’s relapse from remission from her serious illness, her surgery and tough treatments that followed to get her back where she needed to be. It meant many trips to Boston, a 2 hour drive each way from our home, and monitoring her blood counts weekly. But within those moments of sadness and angst were moments of bonding and empowerment and she regained her health and her life. It also meant that our family was able to gain our normal momentum back and enjoy the quieter times together. Our time spent at our favorite spot, Newport, RI, also solidified our gratefulness and appreciation of the simple pleasures of experiencing life in a slower pace. As those moments came into play, I re-focused my initial goal and really fought through the things that could have held me back spiritually, emotionally, and physically. My drive and support from my family enabled me to push through to my goal and see my dream come true. My inspirational memoir published and launched! I was able to hold this tangible object and feel the pages and see the prose before me, instead of on a computer screen or floating about in my head waiting to be born. With that release, I experienced invitations to speak, an incredibly successful book signing and an outpouring of love and support from so many in my life. A George Bailey moment from “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Christmas 2018 brought about a sense of peace as I was surrounded by my beautiful family. Improved health, personal success, and a complete love of family was so abundant this year. Gratefulness and Thankfulness at it’s finest.
Now I prepare to see what the new year has planned for me. I hope for further success with THREADS and possibly a second book in the works! But for me now, I embrace the journey and enjoy the ride!
“Dreams are illustrations…from the book your soul is writing about you.” ~ Marsha Norman
Happy New Year!!!
DECEMBER 5, 2018
Well, it has been almost 1 month since the release of my first book THREADS! Time has certainly flown quickly and has given me an extraordinary month of experiences. I was invited as a guest speaker at a local Junior High School to speak about becoming an author to several English classes as well as The Young Author’s Club members. I also have received so many wonderful messages of support and congratulations from family, friends, and readers of THREADS.
I have enjoyed every moment of feedback from my readers, whether it be their favorite Thread’s Chapter, the connections that have been made since reading THREADS or simply viewing the pictures taken and shared on my FACEBOOK BUSINESS PAGE (Judith Cosby) of my book in various places within the homes of those who purchased the book.
That is what THREADS is all about. It is about the connections we make, the meaningful moments in time that we experience and the idea that we all have the potential to design a better life. Empowerment and reflection.
Another milestone in this first month of publication is that THREADS has received a 5 star rating and 12 wonderful reviews on AMAZON. It is now also available through BARNES AND NOBLE. Please consider leaving a review on AMAZON, GOODREADS, or BARNES AND NOBLE or simply rating the book.
Lastly, I am very excited about one more milestone to end this first month of firsts! I will be having a MEET THE AUTHOR/BOOK SIGNING on Thursday evening, December 6, 2018, at Casa Di Lisa in Agawam, MA. It is a casual open house event held from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Books will be available for sale at this event. Please feel free to stop by and say hello and bring your book or simply purchase a book and I will be happy to inscribe and sign!
The Christmas Season is upon us and if you are looking for a meaningful and thought provoking gift please consider purchasing THREADS through AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE.
“I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to their favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.” ~ Fred Rogers.
November 13, 2018
Threads has been released and it has been quite the week!
Threads is primarily about connection. It is about the people, places and things that come into our life and how they touch us. It is meant to help us think about our own journey and the paths that we have chosen. Although we all experience the positive and negative aspects of life, it is how we approach both and use these events to our benefit. When envisioning our own personal threads, it is important to find ways that help us feel inspired and empowered. Threads is a journey of self awareness and stresses that it is not the monumental moments that will strongly impact our lives, but the stitches made when we were least aware that will shine the brightest within our masterpiece.
As for my first week of officially becoming an author, it was epic! I was asked to speak to The Young Author’s Club at a local Junior High as a newly published author. To be in a room filled with creative young minds eager to understand the process of writing and publishing was a golden moment within my own tapestry. It was a spectacular thread sewn within this new journey of mine.
I invite you to read my book Threads and experience the various threads, or stories, that have represented my life. Come laugh, cry, ponder and relate to all the people that have entered into our lives and how we are all connected.
November 4, 2018
This is a huge week for me. This Wednesday, November 7, I become a first time published author. My book Threads is cause for celebration for me personally because it has completely gotten me to step out of my safe zone and put myself out into the world. This journey of self awareness has been cathartic and empowering all in one leap of faith.
I hope those that view this blog would welcome the opportunity to read Threads and gain spiritual inspiration through self reflection.
“Too often we only examine our life in retrospect. We use the benefit of hindsight to contemplate our past motivations and glean meaning from our previous struggles. For many, the patterns of our lives appear as only random zigzags of emotion and knowledge. But what if armed with the simple understanding that our lives are a complex and beautiful tapestry of experiences and connections. We could learn how to alter our paths and better understand our own unique purpose.” ~ Judith Cosby