One of the last sentences in my “How to Move to Kona” book was “After living in Silicon Valley for over 35 years, I have never once heard someone say they were called to live there, but I hear “I was called to the Big Island” all the time. I want to share these stories.
Over the past few years, especially, after my 365 Things to Do in Kona page took off and people started reading this blog more, I have been approached by dozens of people saying they felt called to live on the Big Island due to a feeling they get during a visit that they have finally found “home”. I have listened to amazing stories of people getting off the plane for the first time and immediately knowing they wanted to leave everything behind and move here. I always ask them, “What was the draw…the call?” They say that it’s an energy that they feel from the island.
I recently held a writers workshop with Beth Bornstein Dunnington around the concept of “Called to the Big Island” and ten writers told their deeply personal and moving stories of how they came to call Hawaii home and of the deep love they have for this island, her culture, her beauty and Pele. The women around the circle told stories of how they came to be healed, find a sense of adventure, act on a feeling they have had for years or simply because they visited once and they could not imagine NOT living here.
I want to share these incredible stories and others in an anthology and am reaching out to Big Island writers who want to share their magical, mystical, inspiring and perhaps “not crazy” story of how they left everything behind to heed the call of the Big Island.
Called to the Big Island -The Book
If you would like to share and become a published author or add another writing project to your resume, I would love to read your story! I am accepting essays between 1500-2500 words in length until March 1, 2016. I am having the book edited and published here on the island and hope to release it by this summer. Join me in sharing a story that may inspire others who have felt the calling, as well, and need to connect with the stories of others to make the leap of faith.
Local motivational speaker and trainer, Rosa Say, told me that she stood at the top of the plane’s stairway looking towards the tarmac at Kona Airport and felt a rush of energy before she even touched the ground. She did not even get her luggage at baggage claim before she was calling her husband to tell him they had to move to Kona right away. Who does that? MANY PEOPLE DO!!
Can’t wait to share these kinds of stories with the world this summer. Join me?
Email submissions to Julie@Ziemelis.com and please cc my editor, Beth Dunnington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will alert you by April 1, 2016 to let you know if your submission was chosen for final publication and provide you with two free copies of the books and a link to buy more and distribute them on your own. The book will be available on Amazon and other online book stores and locally at Kona Stories in Keauhou.