Happy Wednesday Everyone! It’s been a busy week as usual, so lets jump right in to this weeks Florida Living update!

Last week I did a live feed in TMSM Fan Nation, and as I mentioned then, I’ve been extremely tired. Well, that hasn’t changed much since we spoke last. Sleep is something that’s been hard to come by, and as upsetting as that is, I’ve been trying to keep it together and still function like a normal (or somewhat normal) human being! We’ve been still riding the wave with the success of my book, it’s been nice. On Friday we had friends come over, with congratulatory flowers and goodies in tow. A little book celebration if you will. That was nice. On Saturday, we actually went to Disney! We took the kids over to Epcot in the afternoon, spent the day going on rides and such, then stayed for the evening concert. Night Ranger was playing, and they are really good. My kids always enjoy seeing them when they come to Epcot each year. They’re well versed in 80’s music thanks to me, so it was a much needed fun time! Here’s a clip from the show~

On Sunday we had some errands to run, and work to do to get ready for Monday. The weather here has felt more like summer, it’s been warm and beautiful. We did some work over at the Magic Kingdom this week so far, and Hollywood Studios too. I actually took the book with me to the Studios to get some promotional photos, as silly as that sounds. It’s better than posting the same photo all of the time! Speaking of the book…..

Moving to Main Street USA is going VERY well, and I’m VERY thankful! I’m truly overwhelmed with the positive feedback and messages that I’ve been getting, it’s been so humbling. So, why am I not sleeping? That’s something that I’ve been trying to figure out. Since the book was released almost two weeks ago, my sleep pattern has been so off, I’m exhausted. My mind races at night and I can’t shut it off. You know what I think part of it is? I’m so used to things only going well for so long, until something happens and throws me off track. Somewhere deep inside I think I’m waiting for the bottom to drop out, and as of now, there’s no indication that that’s happening at all. It’s me. I know that. Anxiety is a horrible thing. That’s something that I wish I would have talked about more in the book, so many people suffer from it, and I know firsthand that it’s hard to shake. I mean, I talked about other subjects that weren’t easy to discuss, so why stop there? Or, on the flip side, someone could ask me WHY I chose to talk about things that are hard. That answer is easy actually. By me being honest and open on how things REALLY are, I was hoping to help others by that, to know that we all struggle and we’re not alone. At least that’s my hope. Regardless, it’s all out there….. so, now what? What if it’s not helpful? What if it’s not enough? What if this……. what if that?

For the longest time, I wanted to be able to reach out and help people, maybe inspire them by my story. That was a dream of mine. Now it’s happening, and so far, people are responding in a positive way to what I wrote. Books aren’t like blogs, I can’t go back and delete or edit my wording, once it’s out there it’s too late. That in itself is scary to me.  All this is still so new, nothing in my life has really changed as of yet, but I know I upped my game in my field by doing this book.  Writing and reaching out is STILL a dream for me, something that I love to do and hope to keep doing.  The above quote from Tangled really speaks to me… like so many other parts of that movie (if you read the book you already know that). We can keep striving for our dreams, and even when we achieve them, there is always more.  You can always add to your story. That’s a good thing, right?  For me, my story continues, and I’m pushing to make this book a success, and hopefully help people in the meantime.  It’s too important not too. After that? Well, I don’t know…. time will tell, but I hope you stick around to find out! If I can push forward and fight for my dreams, anyone can, believe me! On a side note….. seeing your child read what you write, and actually learn things from it is a true gift. There were things that he didn’t know, some of it was before he was born or when he was small. Last night before bed Andrew came out of his room and gave me a hug and thanked me for including his dearly departed cat in the story. He said it made him a cry a little, but he was enjoying reading the book, even though he knows what happens. Just little things I guess. Very surreal. If you haven’t seen what the premise of the book is yet, you can see here www.themainstreetmouse.com/michelesbook.

Well, that’s it for this week. I’m working on very little sleep, and it’s month end crunch time aka The Main Street Monthly needs to get done.  From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU all so much for supporting my efforts in all things TMSM and for keeping up with us every week.  It means more than you know.  Until next week, sending you lots of love, blessings and pixie dust! See ya real soon! ~M


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