Nimbilasha Cushing Author of Come This Way and There Is An Exit

What was your “Ah ha” moment that led to turning curiosity to passion?  The motivation for writing a book about my family heritage was born out of curiosity to know more about the people who were directly responsible for my coming into the world. Two of my uncles and at least one brother were naturals at weaving tales. Many times, they were inspired by someone who didn’t even realize they had been targeted. It may have been the way a subject; walked, talked, dressed, or the work he or she did that set them up to be featured in comedic fashion for the enjoyment of others.

How did you discover curiosity?  I do not possess that gift but I was a rapt listener especially when the stories were about my parents, grandparents and other family members. It was not until around the millennium that my writing became more than a pastime. Until then, it was a normal part of my everyday life as it is with most of us: to do lists, personal notes letters to elected officials, prayer journals and the occasional letter to the local newspaper editor.

How do you keep passionately curious?  As my elders shared the gifts of their memories with me, they weaved a tapestry of my life that began before I arrived. It is a fact that individuals are more likely to speak about the dead rather than the living.  Hearing and learning about my family history was fascinating and kept me curious.

What stays on your mind all day?  How I can continue to help others through my books and volunteering.  There are more than 1500 copies of my book in circulation. That is nothing compared to someone who is on the New York Times Best Seller’s List. On the other hand, for the people whose lives it impacted if only for the time it took them to read the 130 pages, God allowed me to make a difference for the good.

A few tips specific to your industry or passion? Publishing my first book was a fortifying moment. To say that it is in libraries in six states and that it has been the reason for my being invited to speak in senior citizens centers, churches, libraries and college classrooms, is beyond the scope of anything I could have imagined. Having never studied writing in a formal sense, I still have to pinch myself when I meet someone in a supermarket parking lot who says, “I enjoyed your book.” or “My book club just read your book.”  Mind you, I live in a city of just over 100,000 people and I have been here for more than forty years. So, in that time, I’ve made a lot of friends.  Unexpected doors of opportunity will open.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?  The self-doubt kept me procrastinating in finishing my book.  This was a new experience for me, and I doubted whether or not my book was good enough or will people have interest.  I had my closest family members and friends to read my book and give their honest opinion.  To my surprise, they loved it.  Their feedback gave me the motivation to complete and self-publish my book.

If I had a chance to start over again, I would have:  I talked about writing a book for many years.  Starting over again, I would have made the leap, instead of procrastinating.

How do you integrate passionate curiosity into life and self- care?  I had to learn to turn off my phone before bed and turn it on the next day after devoting time to write my book.  I continue this ritual during my self-care.  My phone remains off until I complete my morning devotion.  The time for myself is precious, and I do not compromise that time.

What are 2 things you are really good at regarding your self-care?  I love to travel and spend time with family.

If a microphone was given to you in a crowd of inspiring or struggling people who are looking for their curiosity, I would shout out?  GO FOR IT!  We have the habit of second guessing ourselves, and self-sabotage before taking the first step.

Bio:

Hi, I’m Nimbi. I’ve recently self-published a book: Come This Way–There Is An Exit. For those of you who bought my first book, thanks so much for your support. Stay tuned for next book coming by year’s end, God willing.

Email:  storiesbynimbi@gmail.com

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