D iz for Different Pre-Sold Over 100 Books

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May 15 2012:

THANK YOU everyone for helping meet the “100 Books Sold” Goal!! We are at 110!!! Free shipping has ended; but you can still get a 20% discount for 3 or more books purchased!! Just waiting on the printer to fix a few errors and then I can place that FIRST order!!! GRATEFUL for all y’alls support!!!

In her early thirties Camilla Downs landed in a different place than she had planned; a place more different than she could ever have imagined. Five years into her marriage with a happy three-year-old daughter, a phone call with a diagnosis from the pediatrician changed everything.

This A to Z inspiring memoir recounts Downs’ journey to acceptance of herself, her daughter’s genetic abnormality of 18p- and becoming a single mom. Through Downs’ realization’s we learn that accepting ourselves and our situations is the key to being able to accept others, tap into our vein of courage and live in the present moment. Downs details her journey with the methods and thought process that led her to achieve true acceptance and genuine happiness. You’ll learn ways to redefine your thought processes and belief system by applying the practical, insightful “Tips for the Journey” at the end of each chapter.

Whether you need to decrease stress and worries, or increase self-confidence, this powerful book will help you make changes for the better and realize you are not alone. Begin your new journey today!

“As a blind person myself, I understand the challenge and blessing of doing things differently. In this book, Camilla shares her journey with Lillian which will help us all do more, give more, and be more.” -Jim Stovall, Emmy-award Winner, Best-selling author, The Ultimate Gift

“My granddaughter Mable and my niece Elizabeth are both different enough to have special needs so I speak from personal experience about Camilla Downs enlightening book D iz for Different: One Woman’s Journey to Acceptance. I believe this book will help those who find themselves asking how and why questions about their “differently-abled” loved one. This quick and thoughtful read gives answers to hard questions and provides some easily used tools to help people move more quickly to a place of peace and acceptance.” -Julie Ziglar Norman, Proud Grandmother and Aunt, Founder of Ziglar Women, Inspirational Speaker, Author of Growing Up Ziglar: A Daughter’s Broken Journey from Heartache to Hope

Camilla with D iz for Different Book 2012

First Quilt Piece Collected

April 30 2018:

Camilla Jumping Washoe Lake April 2016

I did it! I just “collected” the first quilt piece for the story. I’ve been resisting doing this … sitting down to write and just randomly picking a memory to write about. It was uncomfortable, but once I got going I didn’t want to stop.

This was a memory from 16 year old Camilla and a time she lived in Terry, Mississippi in what she called the Crazy House! Who remembers that crazy lopsided mess of a house?

The idea is just to get memories and events down on paper and at some point start piecing them together. I won’t bore everyone with a post every time I do this; yet, I was excited for FINALLY starting!!

And … I just remembered something. I had made it my intention and vow to begin writing by the end of this month. HA!! Did it! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a previous post from a few days ago … https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156428080041584&set=a.52927246583.79053.681171583&type=3&theater

Collecting Quilt Pieces – A Memoir

April 29 2018:

I’m collecting quilt pieces!! However, I haven’t suddenly learned how to quilt! These are for a story. My story – A memoir.

This will take a year or longer and may be more than one book depending on how I go about this. And this is why I’m collecting these quilt pieces … To help craft a pattern.

For anyone who has known me from birth through childhood, teenage years through now ….

If I’ve ever written to you (on paper or digital), would you mind sharing that with me.

If I shared a story with you, would you mind re-sharing with me?

Any times we shared together that stand out for you?

Did we interact with one another during a major shift or life event I was experiencing? Does something stand out for you? (Or was I there for you in some way during a major shift or life event?)

And anything else you feel moved to share … You can post here, message me or email me (first and last name at gmail). Thanks so much everyone for your contribution to the finished quilt!! xoxo

Quilt 4.29.18

Team TLC on The Plush Life TV Show

Last month Team TLC appeared in a segment on The Plush Life TV show; which is a local Reno lifestyle show. We finally received the clip! Here ya go! If you feel moved, please like, comment, and share! Much gratitude!

Visit these links to learn more about our books:

Where Would You Fly

Biggest Little Photographer

D iz for Different

Sharing My Journey with Reno Sunrise Kiwanis

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December 28 2012:

WOW!!! What an amazing group of people!! Just got the privilege of sharing my journey and path to happYness with the Reno Sunrise Kiwanis. GOOD stuff y’all!

Camilla Presenting at Kiwanis 12.28.12

Thank you Skip Benton for your kind words … I just saw this! Had a GREAT time meeting all y’all!

“One of the interesting things about Facebook is I ended up “meeting” people I would have never met in any other medium. I have been reading about Camilla Downs for a long time. I’m thrilled I finally get a chance to meet and hear her speak. I’m so impressed with people – especially woman – who end up coping with a really bad situation and then turn it into a positive ….” -Skip Benton

You Are Different

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December 27 2014:

“You’re different than the others.” – Thomas said to me last night.

He said my responses weren’t what people would normally say. Lillian was sticking her tongue out at me and my response was, “What a beautiful, sweet tongue.” and then she tried poking me and I said, “Look at those beautiful, crooked, special little fingers. Aren’t they just amazing?”

She’s got crooked pinky fingers and her ring fingernail is bumpy due to her chromosome deletion. I had been doing that throughout day. Guess it caught his attention. HA!

Dear Lillian – You Have Indeed Changed My Life

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December 16 2015:

Dear Lillian Darnell,

You have indeed changed my life … Before you even arrived you made it clear that you were going to live life on your terms, being who you were meant to be. I had plans. You taught me that plans aren’t why we’re here. You were the catalyst to breakthrough after breakthrough in my own journey home.

A journey of remembering who I am, my own worthiness, and my purpose for being here. And, ultimately for learning to live my life from love and not fear, making choices based on love and not fear. This has, indeed, changed my life for the better! I am eternally grateful that you are the “L” in our Team TLC; full of love and always YOU!! I look forward with great joy to all of our “future” present moments!

Love,
Mom

Gratitude for the Marvelous Marvs!! I read a Hay House newsletter the other day that ended with a suggestion to write down the names of the most positive people in your life and the people who have changed your life for the better.

It was further suggested to take the time right now to write one of them a letter or dedicate a post to them on Facebook. Tell them how you feel. Don’t just say it, write it down. It has much more meaning when you take the time to put it in physical form and write it down. I decided I’d like to do this for about a week or so.

Perhaps you would like to do something similar! …. xoxoxo ….

Lillian Damonte Ranch Posted with Gratitude Letter 12.16.15

Celebrate Team TLC – A Family of Authors

March 8 2018:

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order.” – Henry David Thoreau

What better day to officially celebrate? Here’s to a successful creation and launch of Where Would You Fly and the final book to complete the trio for Team TLC … Definitely not the last!

Where Would You Fly …. Biggest Little Photographer ….. Different iz Good – One Woman’s Journey to Acceptance

It reached the Top 100 on the US Amazon site and Top 50 on the UK site. It has flown to Australia, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, England, and from sea to shining sea in the United States.

She has received the most beautiful and heart warming reviews on Amazon and two bulk orders. And the local Reno Nevada KOLO 8 news segment has been viewed around the world.

This definitely called for a pile of gluten free white powdered donuts! Here’s to pursuing ones calling. Here’s to doing it different. Here’s to stickin with it. Heres to vowing to listen to ones heart. Here’s to us. And, most importantly, here’s to YOU!!! Oceans of love!!

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