BY ALEXIS JONES
I don’t remember the last time I was this inspired. Having spent the last year writing a book about I AM THAT GIRL, I spent a significant amount of my time cooped up in a room with very little interaction with the outside world. My dream has always been to be an author; there was something about creatively stringing together words in order to paint a picture in someone’s mind that captured my heart. But reality is often different from what you imagined. I love to write, but I also love to be out in the world, interacting with people, sharing my life experiences and soaking up theirs.
Needless to say, after the pendulum swung in one direction for the past year, my social game needed to be ramped up and it’s actually perfect timing. The book is complete and I’m not yet in campaign mode to promote this bad boy for the September 4th launch. I have a very audacious goal of getting 20,000 books paid for by different companies, organizations and individuals to give away to our audience. My hope was that if even 5 percent of them go on to start a local chapter, then we will launch 1,000 new chapters just with the debut of the book. Talk about something that gets me out of bed each morning!
There’s something about a huge goal that sets me on fire. Few things are as cool as witnessing people in your life showing up when you need them the most. From my parents to friends to business acquaintances and even the woman I just saw in Starbucks; I’ve been inspired for people to hear our mission and understand our goal of not just getting a “book” into girls’ hands, but a guide on how to be THAT GIRL. It’s a 21st Century manifesto about being your best self and an open invitation to join our community. Just in the past week, I’ve had one of the best graphic designers at Avec in New York City offer to design the book cover for free because the project “inspires her.” A team is willing to create an online shopping experience where we can sell the books out of a sincere desire to see our community grow. Three beauty-full women at a marketing firm have agreed to publicize the heck of of this project because all three are passionate about our cause.
All I know is that people are showing up in a way I never could’ve imagined. I left my tiny workroom, turned my fingers off and my mouth on, trying to get the word out hoping some angel donor out there understands the potential of this project. Now, I have no idea how 20,000 books will get bought on behalf of our community, but I know it will happen because of the generosity people have already poured into bringing this book to fruition. I believe miracles happen every single day and that it’s possible for magic to spring up when we have the guts to dream big.
So whoever you are and whatever roll you play in furthering our mission, thank you. Thank you for your support, for believing in us all these years, for understanding the importance of our work and helping us get our message to as many girls as possible. Whether you simply donate a conversation about our book launch or buy a book for yourself, your girlfriends, a local school or underwrite all 20,000; I’m grateful for your contribution to I AM THAT GIRL.
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