Inspiration for The Art of Trapeze came from the fact that it is empowering to hear stories of people following their hearts and taking a risk. We all need to hear those messages, I believe, because it brings us back to ourselves and what we can create in our lives. If anything is possible, what do you choose? What do you want your life to include? What calls to your soul and lifts you up?
I love travel stories as I’ve always been a traveler, so it was thrilling – and scary – to write about my own adventures. In the beginning of the writing process, I had an inner struggle around opening up and being vulnerable with what to share. But I believe only confident people can be strong in their vulnerability, and that’s where I write from: a place of self-love and strength. The work of Brene Brown has done wonders for understanding how we are courageous in our authenticity. We really need more of that in the world. And it’s been incredible to hear from readers all over the world how they could relate to the book in many ways – it’s blown me away, honestly.
The writing process for The Art of Trapeze started on note cards – nothing glamorous or fancy here! I wrote chapter titles on one side, and then ideas and notes on the flipside. I arranged the notecards on a wall and moved them around to see how all of the components would cohesively come together. It was a great visual aid, and I’m tactile, so I loved being able to move the pieces around with my hands – no technology required! To be able to sit and look at the information assisted with bringing the overlapping stories together, too.
Also, I found writing had to be done on my terms. Meaning, my writing schedule needed to fit me and not be based on what worked for others. I tried what others recommended – write every day, make yourself sit at the computer and type anything, get up early and wait for inspiration to hit, etc. – and those practices never really produced much in the end. Instead, writing when I was inspired and “in the flow” brought about the best results and made the work literally effortless. Trying to put words on a page when I was stuck always turned into a waste of time, so I decided to let that approach go and instead focus on when I felt the flow. As writers and creators, we have to be very kind and gentle with ourselves, while also continually re-committing to our passion and showing up to do the work.
It is truly an amazing time to be an open-hearted writer. Trusting yourself is important, as well as committing to your passion, and loving yourself along the way as you figure out what to say and how to make your messages stronger. The inner critic can sneak in at times to give feedback, and that voice can be worthwhile for editing and revising purposes. A good walk can clear the head and then you return to the thrill of writing with new gusto and determination. I wrote five books last year, and have five more in various stages on my computer, so we’ll see how the creating continues to unfold!
Thank you for sharing your place on the internet with me, TB!
The Art of Trapeze: One Woman’s Journey of Soaring, Surrendering, and Awakening (The Awakening Consciousness Series)
By Molly McCord
On a random Thursday morning, with nothing to lose and only a dream to gain, Molly McCord decides to move to Paris, France to follow the courageous call of her heart. She arrives in a city she has never visited before and where she knows no one, yet she trusts her ability to figure it out because her adventurous life has prepared her for this biggest of leaps. She carries the wisdom of Solitude, Strength, Style, Flexibility, Heart, Endurance, and Grace in her non-matching luggage collection.
Molly’s soul-riveting experiences unfold in surprising ways as she discovers the joys and realities of life as a foreigner in France, falls in love with a sexy Turkish man, moves her cats across the Atlantic, enjoys the rare opportunity of working for a U.S. Ambassador, and creates the life of her dreams in less than two years.
Yet when unexpected developments require her to surrender once again, a higher consciousness catches her with a deeper spiritual awakening.
The Art of Trapeze soars with emotional honesty, delightful humor, unexpected wisdom, and inspiring spiritual perspectives around living life to the fullest when nothing is guaranteed except gravity.
Molly McCord, M.A., is a bestselling author, astrologer, and modern spiritual teacher with no religious affiliations. Her debut memoir, The Art of Trapeze: One Woman’s Journey of Soaring, Surrendering, and Awakening, hit #1 in 2 Amazon categories within 3 days. The Art of Trapeze is the first book in her Awakening Consciousness Series, followed by The Modern Heroine’s Journey of Consciousness, in which she integrates Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey with spiritual growth. Molly released five books in 2013, including her contribution to the bestselling The Thought That Changed My Life Forever where she was published alongside such luminaries as Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, Dr. Joe Dispenza, and Dr. Bernie Siegel. Often referred to as a Consciousness Catalyst, Molly’s popular website, www.ConsciousCoolChic.com was nominated by Intent.com for Best Spirituality Website in 2011. She is a practicing intuitive astrologer who has connected with clients in over 20 countries, and she is the official contributing astrologer to Happiness + Wellbeing magazine. Molly’s popular weekly radio show attracted over 70,000 downloads in the first year.
Molly has a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies, and a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy as a formal channel for understanding Global Consciousness with a Jungian perspective. She is TESOL certified and volunteers her time teaching English to college-level international students.