I’ve had so much happening I haven’t been updating my site enough. I’m planning to move it to a new server, so that’s been my excuse. Hopefully that can happen soon!
What’s going on? I have two new books out since the last update. I have my new printables website up and running. I’m participating in a bundle giveaway (my first! so exciting!). Our next short story writing Challenge is open for sign ups. And I have my first few guests signed up for my upcoming podcast! Woohoo! I also have the first lesson plotted out for my printable series of courses. Whew! No wonder I haven’t updated my website!
I’m pretty much always afraid. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t. Afraid of making a mistake. Afraid of letting people down. Afraid of looking like a fool. Afraid I was a bad mom or sister or friend.
I preferred to be invisible. Stay under the radar. Keep to myself.
But I still got hurt. Bad things still happened. I learned a lot, since when you’re invisible people say things they wouldn’t say if they saw you. Things still went wrong and I still had to deal with them. But I was so focused on the fear that I wasn’t really living my life.
A few years ago I made some changes. And I started speaking up. People still didn’t listen, since I was still basically invisible, and they weren’t used to me having anything to say. I was still afraid, but I was also angry.
One supervisor would ask us for opinions and ideas. I started speaking up. He’d nod and thank me for my input. Then a male coworker would repeat what I’d said–word for word–and he’d perk up. “That’s a great idea. I wish all of you were like Eddy,” he’d say. Eddy would wink at me and laugh. I didn’t think it was funny. It was my idea yet it was only acceptable when someone else repeated it.
My whole life I’ve been overlooked, underestimated, belittled and ignored. For a long time I let it go. But then one day, something snapped. I was tired of being treated like crap.
Like I said, I’m still afraid. Of pretty much everything. But now my anger and frustration have taken over and my fear is being pushed to the wayside. I am valuable. I am worthy of attention. I have a lot to offer. I’m nobody’s doormat.
When I was trying to come up with a name for this website, I tried all sorts of cutesy names. I tried to be clever. I tried to hide behind humor. But then my son said I should just use my name. I was horrified! I didn’t want people to know my name! But then he said I should call it MichelleFrancikauthor.com and something clicked. I sat up straighter and I laughed out loud. “No. It’s going to be MFranciktheauthor.com.” As I said the name, in my mind I saw jazz hands!
Now, for someone who’s always preferred being invisible, this was a big leap! But something inside me lit up and just saying the name made me happy. Terrified. Petrified. A little horrified. But happy.
I see it as kind of an inside joke. The fearful Michelle is putting herself out there. She’s THE author. And she’s surrounded by jazz hands! lol
It really does help, though, when things are feeling scary. It makes me laugh. It makes me realize I’m taking myself too seriously. It’s a reminder to have fun and loosen up a little. It makes me happy.
Now I’m starting some new adventures. And I’ve come up with a new name and logo. They make me very happy, too! My new podcast and my new trainings are going to be under the brand name, Michelle Francik Presents! Why, you ask? Why would someone who’s shy and fearful want a brand name that’s flashy and sassy?
Why not? lol. Why shouldn’t I go big? Why should I keep hiding? What am I afraid of? Failing? Been there, done that, multiple times. Am I afraid that people won’t like me? I’m sure there are plenty of people who don’t like me. Does it sound pretentious? Sure, but that’s part of what makes it so delightful. Like I said before about mfranciktheauthor.com, it makes me laugh. It’s fun. It reminds me not to take myself too seriously. And I love it!
I’m still afraid of everything. I probably always will be. Anxiety and depression follow me everywhere. But I’m learning to laugh. I’m learning to play. I’m learning that it’s okay to make a mistake or fail or have people not like me. It’s all okay. And I want to have fun. I want to shine. I want to help writers write. I want to help people start a side gig so they can bring in some extra money. I want to help other invisible people find their voice and speak up. Hey! Maybe we can form our own choir! lol
And no matter what happens next, I plan to dance through my fear and keep on dancing! Here’s my new logo. What do you think?
So much is going on, my head is spinning! In the US, we remember those who served our country with honor and dignity, on the last Monday in May. If you scroll down you’ll find a downloadable, printable Memorial Day journal page–my gift to you on this fine weekend! It’s a place to jot down the names of those you want to remember and recognize, to list things you’re grateful for, and to plan your celebration! For me, I want to remember my grandfather and my father. Grandpa served in WWII and my father served in Vietnam. From my heart, thank you to them and to all of you who’ve served our country.
On another note, things are popping! I have another book release next Wednesday, June 2nd! It’s the third book in my Enchantingly Yours: Season 1 series of paranormal, romantic cozy mysteries. Witchful Thinking is available now in paperback and available on pre-order for Kindle. My next release will be June 16th and it will be the Anthology from the most recent Short Story Challenge I hosted. Unconditional Love: Animals Edition will be available for pre-order on Kindle and KU soon and the paperback will be available as well!
In the current newsletter, I talked about all of the new things that are happening in my world! I also talked about how you can get involved. If you aren’t subscribed, sign up now! I’ll have more information soon about:
How to enroll in my classes for creating printables, activity books, journals and planners. (This is a good way to learn some skills so you can start your own business, or you can make things for yourself and your friends.)
How to become an Affiliate for my classes and products (This is a great way to make a few extra bucks!)
My new podcast or podcasts! I’ll be interviewing creative types including authors, content creators, marketers, graphic designers, small business owners, etc. If you fit in this category and want to be on my podcast, I’ll have a sign up sheet, soon! If you know anyone who might be interested, I’ll have all the details in one of the next newsletters!
Until then, have a lovely, safe, healthy weekend! And don’t forget to download your Memorial Day journal printable freebie!! Just click on the image or on the download button underneath!
Welcome to my new subscribers and hello again to everyone else! I’m so glad you’re here!
To thank you for being here, I have a lovely gift for you! Just click the DOWNLOAD button below to download your printable butterfly to do list! You’ll download a .pdf file that you can open and print out, or, if you have a program like GoodNotes that allows you to use these files digitally, you can open it on your tablet or phone!
So much has been happening and my mind is swirling! I’m re-releasing my books; I’ve opened not one but two–two!–Etsy shops; I’ve got another Short Story Writing Challenge starting May 1st and I’m creating classes to teach people to make their own printables! Woohoo!
You can find my shops on Etsy. Chelle’s Cozy Corner has all sorts of things that will make you smile, make great gifts, and give you tools to organize your life. I’m working on some journals and planners, checklists, stories and activity pages for kids, and more! You can find it HERE!
Chelle’s Write On has only just opened so there aren’t many items, but my plan is to focus on writers and provide prompts, journals, planners, cheat sheets, checklists, etc to make the writer’s life a little easier. You can find it HERE!
And pick up your FREE Mother’s Day printable!
You can choose the red version or an ink saving black version!