ride of a lifetime

I Got Published! In A Book! It’s The Ride of a Lifetime!

the ride of a lifetime

Have you ever done something that seemed like a good idea at the time?

Have you ever jumped into a project, or an adventure just because you felt so strongly in your soul that it was the right thing to do?

When my kids and I started volunteering for a Nicaraguan non-profit called Seeds of Learning in 2010, I had no idea the impact it would have on each of us – it changed our lives.

We went from a small, college town in northern California to the mountains of Nicaragua to build schools. We went loaded with books, teaching supplies, fabric and yarn and crafts and puzzles and backpacks. We went with anticipation, trepidation, and a complete and utter inability to know what life was like in a developing country.

We went with a sense of adventure.

We came home with love, laughter, uplifted hearts and stories – lots and lots of stories.

I’ve written here about our escapades; stories of the people we loved, the simplicity of the lifestyle, and the anxiety I felt before we left. Hardly a day goes by when I don’t think of the lovely Nicaraguan boys and girls who eagerly embraced us strangers, and my heart aches for the mothers who try desperately to provide for their children, to give them an education, feed them, and raise them to find joy in the most impoverished of conditions.

Their stories are embedded in my heart.

A few months ago I heard of a website, Story Shelter, looking for true stories of adventure – stories from regular people who have taken risks, stepped out of their comfort zone, and faced challenges. They want to create a Chicken-Soup-style book – but with an edge.

I instantly thought of Nicaragua.

With a leap of faith, I submitted “Ride of A Lifetime”, and they loved it. Yesterday, it was published in their anthology titled “I Am Here: The Untold Stories of Everyday People”.

It’s such a thrill to see my story in print – real print, on paper. Old school style. And in an e-book for Kindle, too!

For the next few days it’s free for Kindle – click here to find it on Amazon.

The publishers put together a cool promotion page – you can see it here.

They also made a book trailer promotional video, and I’m in it:

I’m really thrilled to see my first print publication – I hope you’ll order it and enjoy my “Ride of A Lifetime”. It’s getting exciting!

Amazon Paperback Version: http://bit.ly/i-am-here-book

Amazon Kindle Version: http://bit.ly/imhereboo


Jennifer Wolfe

Jennifer Wolfe, a writer-teacher-mom, is dedicated to finding the extraordinary in the ordinary moments of life by thinking deeply, loving fiercely, and teaching audaciously. Jennifer is a Google Certified Educator, Hyperdoc fanatic, and a voracious reader. Read her stories on her blog, mamawolfe, and grab free copies of her teaching and parenting resources.

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11 thoughts on “I Got Published! In A Book! It’s The Ride of a Lifetime!

  1. Congrats Jennifer! Welcome to the “Published author family.”
    It is a great feeling and accomplishment:)

    1. Jennifer Wolfe says:

      Thank you, Meera! It is a great feeling and I’m moving forward with new projects- can’t stop me now!

  2. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! How amazing is this!!!!!!!!!!!! So, so excited for you and so proud of you!!!! Sending much love my friend! xo
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    1. Jennifer Wolfe says:

      Kathy, you are the best! Thanks so much for your support over the years!

  3. Congratulations Jennifer! I work for The Children’s Advocacy Center and have been enjoying your posts for a few weeks now. Very fun to watch your career take off!
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    1. Jennifer Wolfe says:

      Thank you, Betsy – I’m excited! So happy to know you’re enjoying my blogs!

  4. Chantel Dudley says:

    Congratulations! This was my first publication, after many years of struggle – it’s a great feeling. Let’s enjoy it and may it serve as great momentum for future projects!

    Congrats again!

    1. Jennifer Wolfe says:

      Absolutely, Chantel! It’s nice to have this happen, and I’m excited to read the other authors and get to know their work. Do you have a blog?

  5. […] this collection of short stories is where I first became a published author in print. My story, “The Ride of a Lifetime”, was selected to be published by Story Shelter in their first ever print edition. To say I was over […]

  6. Congratulations! So exciting!

    1. Thank you, Danielle – checking off the bucket list!

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