Besides all that, I'd also been nominated for eleven different teaching excellence awards by students and faculty in less than six years, earning five, not to mention starting a writing contest and scholarship, a writing club with its own e-zine, advising multiple sororities, fraternities and student clubs...oh, and coordinated the entire College of Liberal Arts Learning Communities for several years. How embarrassing--for the university--that NONE of that was recognized. Instead, my "colleagues" wrote up six bogus "student" evaluations that were used to justify what was completely unjustifiable. By the way, I had over 200 students that year. That's less than 3% of the evaluations. My overall rating was still 4.8/5...5 being the highest and best rating possible--basically, that translates to an "A."
Hey, we're not talking about math-geniuses here. NONE of my colleagues could match my resume. Not one. They literally had to make something up in what was a totally transparent attempt to make themselves look better. But I guess maggots can only survive by eating the flesh of the dead....
The inadequacies of my non-collegial former colleagues only continued to be highlighted as I got even more book contracts, one of which sold over 25,000 copies before even hitting book shelves. I guarantee that if you added up ALL of my former "colleagues'" book sales, it would not even reach the preliminary sales of ONE of mine. That same book now sits on book shelves in 60 countries and counting. Ready for the best irony of all??? I was a professor of writing. Yup. Those idiots forced out a nationally-recognized, international best-selling author and editor. How stupid can you get? Pretty darned stupid apparently. Just goes to show how deep professional jealousy can go. Especially if you happen to be an attractive woman in a college dominated by men....
Since then, I've gone on tour with Wizard World, the largest producer of Comic Cons in the world, with the notable exception of the Reed-Pop people, who are just aces at places like Emerald City and...Paris! Wizard World hired me as a national pop culture expert; I opened (and closed) Comic Cons across the United States for three years, during which time, I met A-MAZING friends, like the original ghost hunter himself, Grant Wilson--who just texted me on Sunday to say he missed me. Yeah. that happened. So did my live interviews with over 200 pop culture icons. I love them all dearly, too. But I became close with Curtis Armstrong, Rob Paulsen, the incomparable James Hong, Eliza Dushku, Morena Baccarin, Mark Texeira, Kody Chamberlain, Gail Simone, James Marsters, Dean Cain, Ray Park, Sam Witwer, J. August Richards, Pam Grier, Ernie and Linda Hudson, and one of my all-time favorite people, Jason David Frank. I worked with Emmy-winners like Sean Astin, a real honor, and of course, almost the entire Whedonverse from Buffy, Angel, Serenity, and Firefly, including Ron Glass from Barney Miller...the one and only star who brought up unexpected childhood *feels* that made me cry on stage in front of over 3,000 people. No big deal....
SO, the whole point of this piece is to show how positive energy is very real. No matter what negatives surface in your life--for any reason--you CAN overcome every obstacle put in your path when you use positive, proactive energy over negative, reactive energy. It doesn't mean you can't be angry, or cry every day if you have to. I usually do. All positive energy means is that, instead of operating from a place of fear, you see possibilities. Solutions instead of problems.
Hey, I'm a beautiful, intelligent woman living in a man's world...if you think that makes my life easier, let me assure you that it doesn't. It just makes me more of a threat--especially when I don't get on my knees and submit (which I don't recommend...it doesn't breed loyalty or respect). The first man to ever hold me hated me for existing. It set the tone for everything else that has followed. And, can I say how hard it is to meet a new person and try to explain ALL of this. It's next to impossible. I so love those first few days where I can just be me and don't have to be the tragic girl who lost her daughter after being abandoned, followed by eight months of stalking that only stopped because I left my home and job. And this all happened AFTER the situation at the university. Which happened after multiple cancer diagnoses. Ugh. Obstacles galore! The other issue is looking 33 when I'm not. And not because of Botox! I just eat well and exercise. Do you have any idea how heartbreaking it is to meet THE perfect man, only to learn he's under 30???
But when you're equipped with positive energy...things like age are just a number. Having a vacant and ineffective parent is just another bump in the road. Losing a job you loved after working your ass off for a decade? Their loss. Literally. Cancer? It goes from being deadly, to barely something I have to consider. Ever. The arrows that flew into my home? They were turned into diamonds and gold, thanks to Anne Sisteron in Beverly Hills and her staff, who are also big fans (look for me being featured on Anne's Instagram this summer wearing my birthday gifts from this incredibly talented jeweler-to-the-stars). The loss of my daughter? A trademarked initiative set to raise a quarter-of-a-million dollars for cities all across America in the coming years. And the worst part...lost love? Well, let's just say it's inspired more than a new company.
Last night, before going to bed, I was chatting with my lovely friend, currently traveling in Ireland. He's very sweet to me and told me to be sure to take care of myself in the way I deserved. He's an amazing photographer and has a face Hollywood would love. I know I do. It just struck me that a year ago, I was sitting in a hotel room, on the run from my stalker--scared and angry and sad--not really knowing what I was going to do next, if I survived at all. And, while it's true that I'm no where near done clearing all those negatives, it's also true that I'm getting closer with each new day. As I sat there, thinking about the outpouring of care, the friendships I've forged, the personal and spiritual evolution that has taken place...I couldn't help but feel incredibly grateful for my life. I'm happy. Really happy. Despite the difficulties that still linger from last year, I'm good.
Actually, I'm great....
Things may change, evolve, turn, twist...but no matter what, I know I am ready. For anything. Whatever happens next, there are more than #OneMillion readers coming to RebeccaHousel.com. In the last three days alone, over 8,000 people visited this blog. My words only have meaning because of you. So, THANK YOU. Thank you very much. I'm honored you take time out of your day to visit and read my work. I hope to honor each of you by continuing to keep this website and blog free of advertising-clutter as well as writing you whole new books on some of your favorite things, like The Walking Dead, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Deadpool, Game of Thrones, and more. One day soon. I will travel to meet as many of you who wish to meet me as possible, including every country where readers seek out my blog. And, where every single one of my books is sold. That number as of last night is 60. In numerology, 60 becomes a "6." As my fans of the #TwinFlames category may know, my #Twin's soul number is "6." We are also in the sixth month AND the sixth year of this particular decade. Three "6's" is not Satan...it actually adds up to "18," which means "life."
Guess what? My new friend, also a #TwinFlame, has a soul number of "1" and, like me, the last two digits of his birth-year add up to "8," though we were not born in the same year. This same friend has ushered new life into my world, inspiring me not to tears of sorrow and pain, but to tears of joy. Of gratitude. It's a nice change.
I have yet to clean up some pieces of last year's utter mess...but today, I am better equipped to do so. Thanks to you, dear readers.
Please allow me to send each of you positive energy for supporting my blog. Even my enemies. You read my blog, too. That is supporting my work, regardless of your reasons. I want you ALL to know that haters NEVER win. The only people who walk away winners are those who work from a place of positive energy.
How much more proof do you need???
No matter what, stay positive! You're never alone...I am here. Thanks to *YOU:
4) United Kingdom
6) United States
13) South Korea
26) Russian Federation
29) New Zealand
31) South Africa
40) Hong Kong
47) Saudi Arabia
60) United Arab Emirates
(*Countries are in the order listed by Google Analytics)
#TwinFlame #1111 Post-script: Don't forget to check out #ChasingTheSupernatural on Sunday, June 26th at 10pm Eastern, where you can hear Host, Josh Bender, interview me LIVE! BlogTalkRadio.com/viberadionetwork