For those of you who’ve been following The Penny Project for a while, you know about THE BOOK!!
Yes, after three years of fantastic stories about money finding and the lessons I’ve learned from it I decided it was time to write a book.
My mom has bugged me to write one for quite some time. But honestly, nothing I was doing seemed interesting enough to write about. Until I started picking up pennies off the ground.
I know what you’re thinking. “What?! If picking pennies up off the ground is the best thing you’ve got going in your life, you need help!”
At the outset of The Penny Project, I would definitely have agreed with you! But over the course of the last three years, the pennies have led me to some pretty great stuff:
- Hundreds of people having willingly given me money. Yep…just handed it over. Usually with genuine excitement to be giving it to me! I have about 100 contributors of “found money” and several hundred other folks who just want to donate
- I’ve worked with organizations that help kids learn about financial literacy
- I donated $500 worth of found pennies to the first annual Young Women’s National Conference, which sponsored a financial literacy panel for teenage girls (I was also asked to be on the board of the event and got to moderate the panel!)
- I was in a documentary about pennies (Pennywise: The Changing Face of Change; Winner, Best Use of “Change” Theme & Special Judge’s Award for Best Use of Archival Footage at the 2008 International Documentary Challenge
- I got to be a guest blogger on Coach TIA–Coaching You to Take Inspired Action where I shared the story of how pennies changed my life (no pun intended!) by teaching me that 7+7+7= 10. You probably have to read the blog post to understand the math!
- I’ve been featured in not one, but TWO stories by photojournalist Laura Pohl about The Penny Project
- I’ve received a whole wall full of penny-related art, gifts & hand-written notes (they greet me right when I walk in the house…always makes me smile!)
Who knew picking up pennies would lead to all of this?!
And that’s not the best part. The absolute best part is that these pennies literally CHANGED my life! (The pun was totally intended that time)
The story of how I wrote the book is almost as good as what I’ve learned from the pennies. Mostly because I wrote it all in 34 days. It happened to be the LAST 34 days I that I was 34. There are 34 chapters (which was not really planned…I originally wanted 50).
Each chapter is titled “My 2 cents on…” Well, except for the last one. I wanted to give a dollar’s worth of advice. So since I only had 66 cents from the first 33 chapters I had to make up the rest with one REALLY good chapter worth the balance of a dollar. One dollar minus 66 cents is…WHAT?! 34 cents! So chapter 34 is “My 34 cents on…” Too weird!
My numerology friends tell me the number 34 is actually a “7.” So it looks like this book may confirm once again that 7+7+7=10. Because surely, writing your first book is a “10” on the life scale of great moments!
So that’s the story of the book about pennies. So much more to tell…but since I want you to read the book when it comes out…I’ll stop here!
Stay tuned for more information on the adventure of the penny book. Will I find a publisher or self-publish? When will it come out? Can I get on Oprah during her last season (rumor has it, she picks up pennies too!)?
So much more penny fun to be had…