New Beginnings – I Have An Ace

Our Wedding

John Fioravanti: January 6, 2014

Once again we find ourselves navigating bravely through the first week of a brand new year. Traditionally, it is a time to make resolutions about positive changes we want to make in our lives. For my bride Anne and I, 2014 will go down as the year we made an enormous change in our lifestyle.

And all it took was to found and launch a brand new publishing company we dubbed “Fiora Books”. The idea was discussed one December Sunday morning over brunch with our three friends from Iceberg Publishing, Jacqui, Peter, and Kenneth Tam. Less than twenty-four hours later my wife Anne is on board; we have a company name, a concept for a logo, and a substantial to-do list!

Oh my… can I do this? Behold the learning curve!

As the anxiety began to challenge for supremacy over the excitement I was feeling, I stopped dead in my tracks.

Hey! What’s all this fear about? This is supposed to be enjoyable!

As I reflected on everything we had done and had yet to do, I realized that I was once again doing battle with an old demon of mine.

My demon is the fear of failure coupled with his first cousin and collaborator, self doubt. I’ve done battle with these characters before. In the past I’ve won a few and they’ve won some too. Is this just me, or is it a common human condition? That doesn’t matter because right now this is my fight. Or is it?

Unfortunately for my adversaries, not only am I a more experienced opponent than I once was, but I also have an ace up my sleeve. My bride Anne and I have been life partners for forty years, and now we are business partners too. She is one of the strongest women I know and together we are… well, formidable. Those despicable cousins, the fear mongers, are doomed to failure!

John Fioravanti  /  January, 2014

Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December 2013 and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (, to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

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