I am very pleased to be part of the WOW – Women on Writing Blog tour for Fiona Maria Simon’s book Gambling on Granola
A single mom, despondent after her divorce and missing time with her daughter, Fiona Simon knew she needed to make a change. Hearing a voice tell her to sell her granola resulted in a journey of discovery, of hard work, of creativity, of complexity and stress.
Simon’s granola had been widely praised by family and friends and she decided to gamble on creating a business to make and sell it.
Her story is one of perseverance and lessons learned as she developed and grew her granola company “Fiona’s Granola”. It would provide for her and her daughter as well as allow her to preserve what she prized dearly – time with her daughter and the ability to make people happy.
Simon’s book provides a detailed roadmap of one woman’s quest to build a company and succeed. She shares her triumphs, as well as her mistakes, and the many lessons she learned along the way.
Sprinkled throughout the book are numerous quotes, many of which appeared on her granola boxes. Two of her own quotes touched a chord with me:
“Our duty is to share our gifts – it’s why we were given them. Through sharing, the gift comes alive.”
She wrote the book to inspire others – “To go for their dreams, jump off that cliff, and trust there is a net that will open. The brave souls who take that leap of faith have a chance to spring higher than they can possibly imagine.”
I enjoyed following Simon’s journey and learning about the challenges and rewards of creating a business. Gambling on Granola was well worth the read.
(Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in return for reviewing it)
UNEXPECTED GIFTS ON THE PATH OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP
About the Book:
In Gambling on Granola: Unexpected Gifts on the Path of Entrepreneurship, Simon shares a tale that is uplifting and inspiring but also raw and honest. This is a business memoir but also a love story―the love for her daughter, of a journey in uncharted waters, of the products and company she created, and of the continued challenge to follow her dream.
We see her growth and healing over fifteen years, as mistakes, weaknesses, and naiveté, evolve into resilience, resolve, and inspiration. For Fiona, it started out as all new businesses do―with an idea. But her world quickly became more complex as she established her company, developed new product lines, forged personal relationships in a competitive environment, grew her business, and held onto her deepest values―all while raising her daughter, Natalie, as a single mom.
“Fiona’s story is both personal and transformative. She lays bare the hopes and anxieties, challenges, betrayals and lessons learned in creating her own business. From the mountaintops of a solar observatory where she was raised, to the struggles and triumphs, her story is like a path of granola crumbs leading the reader to understand how to succeed at any enterprise.”
– Jeff Kline, M.A. Ed., Chairman, Hispanic Communications Network, Washington, DC.
“Fiona Simon is an engaging storyteller and her narrative moves right along. It should inspire and motivate anyone who needs to remember the importance of persistence, belief in oneself, and vision in pursuing a goal. Her granola is good and so is her book.”
– Bob McCormick, Publisher, Editor, Author
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Terra Nova Books (January 1, 2018)
About the Author:
Fiona Maria Simon is a former journalist, travel writer, editor, and communications director of the Boulder, Colorado, Chamber of Commerce. She is passionate about developing healthy food products, writing, traveling the world, and inspiring and empowering others with her story. Lured by the adventures of entrepreneurship, she launched her own organic granola company and led it to success despite having no business background and simultaneously juggling the demands of being a single mom. Her book is a story of challenges, hardships, and triumphs, both personal and professional.
Find Fiona Online:
WOW Blog Tour
Check here to see the rest of the tour:
Monday January 15th @ WOW! Women on Writing
Interview & Giveaway
Tuesday, January 16th @ Create Write Now
Fiona M. Simon is today’s guest author at Mari McCarthy’s Create Write Now Blog – don’t miss this intriguing guest post titled ” Emotional Detachment From My Business After the Sale” and learn more about Simon and her book “Gamblingon Granola”
Wednesday, January 17th @ Beverley A. Baird
Beverley A. Baird reads and reviews Fiona M. Simon’s “Gambling with Granola” and shares her thoughts on this inspirational memoir.
Thursday, January 18th @ CMash Loves to Read
Today’s guest blogger at CMash Loves to Read is none other than Fiona M. Simon. Hear from her on the topic of “The similarities between raising a child and growing a company.” and learn more about her memoir “Gambling on Granola”.
Friday, January 19th @ Bring on Lemons
Today’s guest blogger at Bring on Lemons is Fiona Maria Simon sharing her thoughts about “Stress and Family Relationships” – don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Fiona and find out more about her memoir “Gambling onGranola”.
Monday, January 22nd @ Lisa Haselton
Lisa Haselton interviews Fiona M. Simon about her motivational memoir “Gambling on Granola”
Tuesday, January 23rd @ Margo Dill
Fiona M. Simon visits the blog of fellow author and single mom Margo Dill. Hear from Fiona on the topic of: “Fun and creative ways I got Natalie (my daughter) involved with my business.” and learn more about Fiona’s memoir “Gamblingon Granola”
Wednesday, January 24th @ Grow a Creative Biz
Cheri Larson reviews “Gambling on Granola” by Fiona M. Simon and shares her thoughts with readers at Grow a Creative Biz. This is sure to be a great conversation – don’t miss an opportunity to learn from these smart women!
Thursday, January 25th @ Writers Pay it Forward
“Struggling with Focus” is today’s topic at Writers Pay it Forward as Fiona Maria Simon pens today’s guest post and discusses her book “Gambling on Granola“.
Tuesday, January 30th @ Choices with Madeline Sharples
Fiona M. Simon writes an intriguing guest post at Choices today. She talks about how there is no “being done” with her book – how she has birthed an entity that will sprout wings and fly off to adventures yet to be known! Don’t miss this post and opportunity to learn about her book “Gambling on Granola”
Thursday, February 1st @ Women of Wonder
Ginny at Women of Wonder reviews “Gambling on Granola” by Fiona M. Simon and shares her thoughts with readers. Don’t miss this exciting blog stop!