I am honored to win this month’s My Gutsy Story Contest.
Sonia Marsh, author of Freeways to Flip-Flops: A Family’s Year of Gutsy Living on a Tropical Island, celebrates the gutsy in each of us with this collection of stories from 64 authors who found the courage to face their fears and live their dreams. What makes these stories unique is the authors’ willingness to openly share the obstacles they surmounted, and the strength they developed to overcome doubt, fear, rejection, and grief. These stories of love, courage and adventure will inspire you to follow their lead and experience your own gutsy adventure. If one story speaks to you directly and results in a change in your own life, please e-mail Sonia Marsh directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. As Sonia says, “My goal is to bring out the gutsy in you.” Some take off for distant places, others dive into the deep. Many quit successful jobs to sail around the world, write a novel, or take on an inner challenge. This book is filled with tales from people who have decided to live their passion, act out their dreams, revisit the challenges of their youth. It’s about conquering fears, taking risks, and learning to love the person you’ve become.
Freeways to Flip-Flops: A Family’s Year of Gutsy Living on a Tropical Island
What do you do when life in sunny Southern California starts to seem plastic, materialistic and just plain hellish? For Sonia and Duke Marsh, the answer was to sell their worldly goods and move to an unspoiled, simpler life with their three sons in Belize, Central America, a third-world country without all the comforts and distractions of life in the developed world. Sonia hopes the move will bring her shattered family back together. She feels her sons slipping away from her, and her overworked husband never has time for her or the boys. Instead, things begin to go wrong immediately. The home they initially rented isn’t available, so the family is forced to take up residence in a primitive, bug-infested shack. Duke’s telecommuting plans prove impractical because of unreliable Internet access, and he loses his job. Middle son Alec – always a conscientious, polite, tractable child – misses his friends and has trouble adjusting. As the days turn into months, Sonia finds herself questioning the family’s decision to move on a nearly daily basis. This is the story of one family’s search for paradise. In this memoir, Sonia chronicles a year of defeats, fears and setbacks – and also the ultimate triumph of seeing once-frayed family ties grow back stronger from shared challenges and misfortunes. For Sonia, paradise turned out not to be a place, but an appreciation of life’s simple pleasures – a close-knit family and three well-adjusted sons with a global outlook on life.
Find Sonia at http://soniamarsh.com/