As summer winds down my mind turns to what outside projects need to be completed and what book I can read on a pleasant evening on the deck. Today I would like to highlight a very special book to me, BLOOMING INTO LIFE by Kristie Booker. Kristie is my daughter-in-law and I am so very proud that she followed her desires and dreams and had a book published. We all need to be reminded that we should follow our dreams and help others in this life. Kristie did both of these by writing BLOOMING INTO LIFE as it is the story of a woman searching for her true self. Being true to ourselves in this life is a daily activity as we react and respond to life events each day. Sometimes we fail but we have to never give up and know that tomorrow is a new day and it is never to late to follow our dreams or help someone.
In Kristie’s book Colleen O’Brien is the wife of a wealthy entertainment lawyer living in Chicago. Colleen grew up on a farm in Brockville, Illinois and being a stay at home mother of two daughters and having the financial resources for all her needs was more than she ever wanted. In fact, it ended up not being what made her happy. Instead she struggled with body image and depression and being a parent. I doubt there is a mom out there that doesn’t identify with Colleen in some way. Colleen’s life changes one day when she attends a meeting about a 21 day cleanse. With this new beginning Colleen begins rebuilding her life and finds out what is really important to her happiness. She starts to find the “real” Colleen again.
Kristie is my daughter-in-law, but she has become a very special daughter to me. She is a woman who sees true happiness and seeks it. A mother of two boys who have grown up in the city of Chicago she has navigated their growth with a mixture of city and country and allows them to find their own paths while being their back-up always. She has supported her husband (my son) through out their twenty years of marriage and to see their relationship bloom has been a true blessing for me. I hope that you will pick this book up and read a dream fulfilled as well as motivate you to do something you have wanted to do in your life.