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Thank You!

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September has shown us many firsts. The first day of Fall, the first day of school, the first live performances of "Rooftop," "Snow Outside," and "Broken Things," and the first ever "Write to Heal" contest! Actually, this was the first time that I have ever offered one of my books as a winning prize for any activity of any sort. Well, except if you count paying as an activity, but you know what I mean.

In any event, being that this was a first for me, I really had no idea what to expect. Honestly, I wasn't even sure that anyone would be interested in winning my book. And if Dave is any indication, this type of fear doesn't necessarily go away with success. In his recent interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Dave describes his process of writing set-lists. He says that he always writes an encore, but then muses on how awkward it would be if the audience didn't actually want one. I definitely don't think Dave needs to worry about that one!

As for me, though, I was blown away by the quality of the responses that we at DBTP received for this contest. I am truly grateful for all of your efforts. And I really mean it when I say that it was a very difficult decision to choose just one winner. I know people always say that, but I am serious.

So, thank you, for making this such a great first experience! And I hope that everyone who participated feels a little lighter, and a little more free. And if maybe this exercise encourages you to write your own story, or speak just a tiny bit more of your own truth, even if no one ever reads it or hears you, still, you will have made an impact. Because as Marianne Williamson wisely said, "Any time any one of us finds her wings, we all learn to fly."

P.S. If you did not win the book this time and you feel you just can't live without it, please remember you can purchase it on Amazon. (Sorry, couldn't help myself.)

Hayley Bauman, Psy.D.

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