a page from my book in progress

By Rachel Awes on March 12, 2012

i wanted to share with each of you a peek at a page from my book in progress that i’ve been working on for a few years now! whew! it is filled with anonymous quotes from my therapy clients + accompanied by my narrative reflection + illustration. these pages are strung together in a way that tells a healing story. i long for the day to share the whole thing with the whole of you!! there is still a whole process ahead + timetimetime to wait…but i wanted to share what i’ve been up to with you! the type of my writing is small above + so i include it here as well:

“something deep to learn: my favorite p.o. box exists in my heart. i love to hear what piles in. i try to give special attention to messages i hear more than once. here’s a few of my own lately. i want to write secret love notes + leave them in library books. make up lullabies + sing them into a little recorder. i want to keep telling strangers they are beautiful. + there exists this deep thing. i get into trouble as soon as i stop paying attention. such messages come in on peacock colored wings + are meant to be lived. we all feel it. how scary it is to stretch. to bare teeth + bones into our world. to be here fully.”
+ one last lil’ sharing with you today…
i love this song for all of us (xo):

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  1. Yael says:

    Putting secret love notes between page of library books – I LOVE that idea Rachel

    Telling strangers they are beautiful – this morning I noticed my neighbors (okay he is not a complete stranger) stunning blue eyes – and I told him, how beautiful they are – I think I made his day (it cost me nothing and I was rewarded with a surprised and wonderful smile!)

    You will give us the best vibes with your new book – I am sure of it!

    (Off to the library to get a book 🙂 !!!!)

  2. Lisa says:

    This will be such a beautiful book full of your wonderfulness! I can’t wait until it happens! I am sure it will reach lots and lots of people and will be their treasure to hold.

  3. Diane says:

    I wish we could meet every morning at a coffee shop..or something–You would always start my day out right!!

  4. Mary says:

    you know i have never ever listened to every word to that song (and seeing the words on the screen make a difference) oh, love it!! “live with arms wide open” is my favorite line.

    can’t wait for the book lovely Rachel!!


  5. Julia says:

    Rachel, oh goodness me. I am so absolutely excited and thrilled for your book-I know how deeply it will touch and heal and brighten. So looking forward to the day that I can hold it in my hands.

    Thank you for being here so fully, my friend. What a blessing you are.

  6. Trish says:

    wonderful…really wonderful.xxx

  7. ~Kristina says:

    I love that colour and the way you’ve laid out the image and text. I can’t wait for you to publish.

  8. Dee says:

    I am looking forward to your book♥…Do not tell anyone… but I put doodles in the pages of library books 🙂

  9. Relyn says:

    I am so excited to hear about your book. It will be marvelous,I know.

  10. In your words “to be teachable”…I would like to be this also. To living and learning!

  11. Tammie Lee says:

    such a beautiful page full of living life beauty and inspiration. wishing you grace and light each page of the way.

  12. Somehow, diving down into your deep feels like soaring up high. Absolutely beautiful and calming at the same time, as if I’ve found what I’ve been looking for all along. I hope you get to do everything in your heart list. I’d love to find a love letter in my library book!


  13. welllll, that was the angel whisper
    that let out the tears
    stuck behind my eyes
    all day…….so much beauty
    it popped the lump in my throat
    and now there is life rushing
    in and out again,
    life singing out comfort
    and safety.
    oh how I whisper back
    deep thanks:)

  14. kae pea says:

    I wait with sincere anticipation for a book filled with your beauty, wit and wisdom to fill my heart and feast my eyes upon. yep. I sure do.

  15. Thankyou for sharing a snippet of your new book! I’m so happy to hear you’re doing that, your words and pictures need to be seen by so many more people! I love the idea of putting little notes into things too. What a wonderful thing to do. 🙂
    Jess xx

  16. christy says:

    oh WOW! these words are speaking to me gently and yet with so much POWER!
    I cannot wait to have a copy of your book in my hands, and yet I will happily wait to give it the time it needs to finish growing!

    good luck!

  17. wanda miller says:

    i agree with diane, sigh, if only! i couldn’t decide whether to laugh or cry while reading this rachel, so i did both, honestly. you are so beautifully raw, deep, joyous and humorous…that’s just a few words right off the top of my head. and thanks for the tune…i have always like that song, never thinking of the words…they are so simply powerful! thank you xoxo

  18. Jenny Blair says:

    deeeeliciously sweet and beautiful words. what love you are :)x

  19. Rachel i hope the book comes out soon; it’s so unique and beautiful in its style & inspiration; i’d love a copy.
    or a few, it would make such a osulful gift too.

  20. Suz says:

    I am so pleased and excited for you! You have such talent and such a lovely mind and heart to go with it. I am proud and happy for you and know it will be outstanding!

  21. elizabeth says:

    I am looking forward to the day when you tell us it’s available for pre-order!

    Also, my goal is to be teachable too. I love how you put it.

  22. lori vliegen says:

    your sweet book is the perfect vessel for all that beauty that’s living in your heart. keep feeling the rain on your skin, precious art girl. xoxo

  23. i will def buy your book. how could you not? great stuff. what a talent you are…

  24. Lori says:

    This book is going to make hearts burst. I cannot wait to get my hands on it. xoxo

  25. Elizabeth says:

    Rachel, this is amazing! <3 Love! Can't wait to see it published! ;) Best wishes!

    Elizabeth Aviles

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