Journey to love


The Courage toTry 300 DPII love reading romance, I love writing romance, and as of this year, I’ve begun to live romance. Like, Jaylin, one of the characters in my novel, The Courage to Try, released in October this year, I discovered the courage to try again for love and found myself head over heels for a wonderful woman.

I tried to capture the feeling of Jaylin’s fear of vulnerability and angst at having to dig deep beyond her troubled past to offer who she is to find true love. Getting beyond herself and her dread of repeating a past mistake is at the heart of Jaylin’s experience. Healing and acceptance of herself had to come before she could offer her whole self to love.

Like Jaylin, I’ve had my own life experiences dealing with past baggage and mistakes, and getting beyond them has been a journey leading me to love.

In Codependent No More, Melody Beattie explores codependency and suggests that there are as many definitions of it as there are experiences of it. Dealing with my codependency is about learning to set boundaries while allowing others to be who they are.

Participating wholly in a relationship takes bravery. I know that if I fear being unable to take care myself I withdraw and run away. The experience of being totally present emotionally can be scary for me but worth the effort. I now know what it’s like to give of myself completely and feel safe.

Whenever I think of relationships I’m reminded of the safety instructions on an airplane directing passengers to secure their own air mask before helping others. I do believe I have to be able to take care of myself before I’m able to offer care to another.

I hope readers enjoy Jaylin and Kristen’s journey to love. I know I’m enjoying mine.


C.A. Popovich

6 Responses to “Journey to love”

  1. 1 Beth October 20, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    Looking forward to receiving and reading your new book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with this blog. Have a wonderful week.


  2. 2 S.A. October 20, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    I’m looking forward to reading this book; it caught my attention in the BSB forthcoming list awhile ago. Kudos to you on making headway on your own related personal journey to new beginnings, and best wishes!


  3. 3 Dorinda Depp October 20, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Was glad to see you two so happy together


  4. 4 Linda October 21, 2015 at 5:33 AM

    Just finished The Courage to Try this week. I liked it very much. The way you describe Jaylin’s vulnerability and courage truly moved me. Wonderful to read you’re living your own romance!


  5. 5 Devlyn October 21, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Thanks for sharing your writing with us, I am looking forward to reading The Courage to Try. I am glad you have personally stepped outside your comfort zone to find love again. As a true romantic, I want to see everyone share the love I share with my partner. Kudos.


  6. 6 Franci McMahon November 30, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Loved meeting you on the Cape and loved your book. I do think animals can help us speak clearly to each other.


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