Never Stop Blooming

“Sitting next to you, I feel so unaccomplished.”

Those were the words from a beautiful 40-something woman as she sat next to me at the professional photoshoot promoting my 2021 Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess 5-book series. Her eyes were sad and she looked a little defeated at that moment.

She went on to share that she had just enrolled in college again and when she shared that exciting news, she almost looked embarrassed. “I guess I’m a late bloomer,” she added with a nervous giggle.

Now, I know for a fact that this particular mama was raising beautiful, talented, and gifted twin tween daughters on her own. She had worked her whole life to not only raise these girls with dignity and grace but to keep a household and marriage running. Until one day it all changed and she found herself swept up in the turmoil of divorce, single parenthood, and all the fear that goes along with starting over.

She wasn’t a “late bloomer,” she was a determined bloomer who had never stopped growing and flourishing. When I told her that, her eyes filled up with tears and I felt in my heart that it had been a very long time since she had been told those words.

Told that she was amazing.

Told that she was enough.

Told that she was the roots to a very strong tree that would bend in the wind, but never break.

Despite the life changes and unexpected chaos, she was leading by example when it came to modeling strength for her daughters. In those precious moments, as we sat side by side, I reminded her that flowers not only bloom every year but become more magnificent over time as well.

I reminded her that my “bloom” may look different than hers, but hers was just as triumphant.

Just as meaningful.

Just as important in the eyes of her two little girls.

So, if you find yourself whether a similar storm in your life, I encourage you to own your victories and never diminish or discount them.

Grow. Bloom. And become more Magnificent.

As I reread the story above, it hit me that it is a perfect example of the main thread that runs through all of the Kayla books. This determined and feisty little girl, who refuses to give up on her dreams of being on a Broadway stage, is able to do so because she has watched her working mother lead by example.

Determination and dignity matter when little eyes are watching.


More About The Kayla Series:

Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess Series Book One is HERE!

Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: is a heartwarming story about family, role models, dreams, and discovering a determination for growth. This five-part diverse picture book series shines the spotlight on a little brown girl who loves musical theatre and never lets anything get in the way of her dreams. It seems that everyone else has an idea for who she should be, but in the end, she discovers that she is the one who gets to decide.

Grab your copy of Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess (Book One) in the Make A Way Media Bookstore or on Amazon in paperback form or for Kindle.

GO HERE to order your copy of Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams (Book Two in the Kayla: Modern-Day Princess series).  

Available on Amazon and Kindle.

Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: Tough as Tulle is available! Order your copy HERE.

Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: These Shoes Are Made For Dancing is available in Paperback and eBook form!

Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: These Shoes Are Made For Dancing

Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: A Little Magic will be available in October of 2021!  

All Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess books are FREE on Kindle Unlimited! Download today!


About Deedee Cummings

As a therapist, attorney, author, and CEO of Make A Way Media, Deedee Cummings has a passion for making the world a better place. All 15 of Cummings’ diverse picture, poetry, and workbooks for kids reflect her professional knowledge and love of life. Colorful and vibrant, her children’s books are not only fun for kids and adults to read, they also work to teach coping skills, reinforce the universal message of love, encourage mindfulness, and facilitate inclusion for all. Cummings has spent more than two decades working within the family therapy and support field and much of her writing shares her experiences of working with kids in therapeutic foster care. As a result, her catalogs of published books for kids are filled with positive, hopeful messages. Using therapeutic techniques in her stories to teach coping skills, Cummings also strives to lessen the stigma that some people feel when it comes to receiving mental health assistance.
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