“Your stories are worth it. You are worth it.”
Those words say perfectly the message that I presented at my TEDx Talk last year, and I mean them.
That’s why I am opening up the opportunity for you to share your story in my newest book, Brewing the Way.
Why are coffee shops important to you?
That’s the question that many readers of Brewing the Way will be asking as they take a journey with me across the United States and around dozens of coffee shops that I have visited in the last decade. But I cannot answer this question alone – my perspective is limited and my words can only go so far.
I need your stories to help.
If you would like to be a part of the Brewing the Way narrative, and share your story with the world of coffee lovers and fanatics, then I would like to publish it as a part of my book.
All you have to do is fill out the form below. I’ll read your story and see if we can make it fit in one of the micro-chapters between each major chapter in the book.
It need not be long – just one to three paragraphs is all it takes. And even if you aren’t featured in the final publication, as a thanks for submitting your story I’ll share it on this website and across my social media accounts. Plus, if you’ll allow me, I’d like to send you a gift in the mail.
It’s easy and painless and has the chance to really make someone’s day.
Here are some examples of the types of experiences you could write about:
- I found the love of my life (I really did!)
- I was stressing about school and the local cafe was a place where I could relax
- I found out about and became involved with a non-profit organization
- A stranger bought me a cup of coffee and turned my day around
- While I struggled with depression, my favorite coffee shop brought me peace
- I got a great job offer and the people around celebrated with me
- The barista gave me a bit of life perspective that helped me on my way
- The shop’s uplifting atmosphere gave me the energy I needed to finish a project
Whatever it is, I want to read it. We all want to read it! Please take a moment to share your story by filling out the form below. Do it as many times as you’d like, and please do share! The more the merrier.
Still need some inspiration? Check out this short story from A.J. Searle:
My job likes to take me to a lot of cool places (okay, mostly all around Michigan). My favorite thing to do while I am out traveling is to visit as many local coffee shops as I can. I’ve learned so many cool things about the cities and gotten some incredible food recommendations along the way as well.
One evening I was in Rochester Hills, MI and I stumbled upon a great shop in the downtown area. I had had a long day of traveling and looked pretty disheveled, but I just told myself all I needed was a cup of coffee and spot to read a good book.
The minute I walked in, an older gentleman looked at me and had this slight smile about him. He walked right up to me and said, “I’m reading that book right now, can I buy a cup of coffee so we can talk about it?” I haven’t had someone speak to me that boldly since a Brown’s fan tried to tell me they had a shot at the Super Bowl this year!
Ed was a 68 year old man that had so much wisdom and love in his heart. We talked, laughed, and learned from each other and I left that evening feeling refreshed about… well… life! Coffee seems to be a common factor among a lot of the incredible people I’ve gotten to know.
Ready to go? Here’s the form. If you need some help developing your story, that’s ok! Just send what you’re thinking and I’ll be happy to assist in finding the right words to fit your tone.