Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts
Janet De Lee
Visions are something that many have but never pursue. Hoping to find your way to success or just fulfill a lifelong dream requires motivation, support, and trust in yourself and taking what you might call a serious “Leap of faith.” When Ginny Lawthere became a best selling author little did she think that she would finally fulfill her lifelong dream of owning her own home and getting the loan needed to purchase it. Ideas come to some on a spur of the moment and rather than give up she reached out to others by creating an Ideal Life Club and hoped that she would entice people to join. An ad in the local paper did not bring a surge or responder but the four that did and would come to the meetings would provide enough impetus hopefully for success. So, the ad went in and four people from different walks of life arrived and the first club meeting begins. Hilda who works at an assisted living enjoys working with the residents teaching them and sharing her crafting skills. Jerry working at a print shop wants to become a professional musician and Lydia sparks everyone with her idea for an original recipe book that would be kid friendly. Added in Ginny who wants to own her own home and Lee who provides the paranormal flair and just wants to rid his life of his ghost problem that seems to plague each renovation job he starts the cast is set, the scene is about to begin and the club’s first meeting comes to order.
As Ginny sets out the guidelines and presents each member with their own special pen and notebook her goal is to help each one begin by writing and share his/her vision and what they hope to achieve. Step two would be their action plan or what are they going to do to achieve this goal. Small steps first and then hopefully bigger ones after. As Hilda hopes to use her crafting and share her ideas with others full time, Jerry loves writing and producing his own songs and hopes to become a star. Lydia has some great recipes and by researching more as well as adding her own the sky could be the limit. Added in just what Lee decides to do to ward off his ghosts is priceless as he just might be called upon by one of the members to use what he learns. But, things do not always go the way you want and Hilda loves working with the residents of the assisted living but when two pass away in the middle of the night that leaves one woman named Lenore in distress. Just how is she going to bring her back to life and what will the craft be that might create that spark. But, first they begin sharing their ideas at the first meeting and then each one attempts to achieve something in their action plan. As Hilda attends her first craft fair her disappoint is evident as she sells some things but does not come close to breaking even as she needs to come up with something that is unique, different and will catch on. Jerry is supposed to sing at a bookstore but never shows up but the support of the group and their encouragement brings him to sing and entertain for the residents at the assisted living. But, will he finally sing at the bookstore?
As Ginny finally gets her dream home something happens that lets her know that she just might need Lee to rid the house of what she might call her own special ghost. Bottles are moved, furniture not in the same place and other things seem to disappear. Is it a ghost or something else? But, when Ginny decides to host her family’s reunion will something or someone try to ruin it. Having to deal with rich cousin Sheila she finally can host this event but will she succeed? Lydia creates a cookbook and her PTA orders five hundred copies. Will it be a success? What about the samples she brings? Everyone can learn from reading this book just how dreams can come true, how valuable the idea was to create this club and to teach people, young adults and children that if you have a vision and create a plan you just might succeed in fulfilling your dreams.
Ginny is not the only one who sees or has a ghost. Sylvia and Wilber were residents of the assisted living and died suddenly. So, what happens when Hilda needs an idea to spring some life back into Lenore when she learns her house has been sold? Whose ghost will pave the way or guide her? Success comes only if you have faith and believe in it. A group of five people who worked together, gave each other support but when Ginny realizes that something or someone is causing havoc with the liquor bottles for a party and her furniture will she tell anyone what or who she saw? What about Lee will he admit that he saw it too? Just what happens and who is this ghost you just won’t believe?
When Lee confronts his own demons and his past will he be able to overcome them and keep going in his business? What about Lydia will she continue on with her recipes and create more cookbooks? What about Hilda? Will she continue at Country Gardens or take the plunge and do crafts full time? What about Jerry? Will he gain the confidence he needs to sing and compose his songs and perform in public? Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts: If you have a vision and a dream get out your notebook and pen write down your thoughts, create an action plan and do the research and sign on and join the Ideal Life Club when it resumes.
Author Janet DeLee creates a story that everyone young and older will enjoy and can learn from as you too can take that Leap of Faith and find and fulfill your dreams.
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