A Whole Month of Thankful

A Whole Month of Thankful

I’m willing to bet that you’ve seen them. Those posts where people are trying to post about being thankful for at least one thing, every day, for the entire month of November?  it isn’t so much the being thankful for thirty things that’s the issue. The being thankful part is easy. But I have to give props to people who can remember to post one every day for a month.

I suck at that.

This does not mean that I’m not grateful, or that I have forgotten how blessed I am. When you have a wonderful husband, six healthy grandchildren, great friends, and come from a family that remains supportive no matter how wildly unlikely your dreams may be, thankful should be the default setting on your brain.

And mine is set there most of the time. This is not to say that I don’t do my share of griping. But when I do, the thought occurs to me about mid-gripe, that I really have very little to complain about, and a mountain of wonder and joy to be thankful for.

The issue isn’t the thankfulness. The issue is remembering to post. I do it with other stuff too. You know those posts where you go to the seventh line of the seventh page in the book you’re reading/writing and post seven lines? And you’re supposed to do this every day for seven days?  Yeah, I’ve been tagged in those.

It never ends well.

But here’s the thing. I know I’m not a great rememberer, so I’ve taken steps to remedy the situation. I make lists,  put reminders on my phone, set alarms and keep a calendar. So I’ve gotten better. But I’m still not a stellar rememberer. Most of the time, I’m too submerged in whatever is going on in the RIGHT NOW to address all the fine details of the Not Yet and the Already Happened.

It could be worse. Getting stuck in the past or worrying about the future all the time would definitely be worse.

One of the best things that life has taught me is to notice, in the moment, all that I have to be thankful for. I try to take note when my husband does something sweet. To enjoy my grandson’s laughter for a breath longer. To watch that silly squirrel for a minute more, so that I can laugh a little longer. Because I am thankful. For all of it.

Always.


Moving Day

Well folks, it’s been awhile.

Since March, in fact.

I have no excuse, except the usual, which is, you know…

Life.

There were several conferences, a book launch or two, new platforms, editing other authors, becoming a board member for FWA (Yay!) and a ton of other stuff, but really, it all comes down to just one word: Life.

And now I’m moving.

Which is also life, but more like, a life interrupted or something, which sounds a great deal more ominous than it, in fact, is. But highly stressful all the same. I am not looking forward to it.

Or rather, I am, but mostly to the after part. New house, closer to my daughter and her family, a whole new office with a tad more distance between my work and my private life – all of that will, in the end, make it worth it.

But in the meantime…

Yeah, not looking forward to the actual moving part.

So, before I run off and leave you for a week of some of the most stressful adulting a human being has to endure, here’s what’s been happening.

March:

Jax Book Fest was a blast. Got to meet some new readers, give out some prizes and hang out with some of my most awesome writer peeps.

  It doesn’t get much better than that. 

A little later in the month, I took a research trip to Cassadaga Florida, where one of the stories in Changelings is set. It was one of the most interesting trips I’ve taken in a long time. So much so, that this week me and my bestie, Tracie Roberts, are going again.  I can’t wait! I’m hoping we’ll get to see even more than I did on my first trip. 

Then came April, when I facilitated the FWA Focus Day on Craft. We had four presenters and learned a great deal. I am so lucky to work with such great people!

In May I was a featured author at I ❤ Books here in Jacksonville. It was a great experience, and a psychic informed me that my thirteenth book would be a blockbuster! Here’s hoping.

I also started a new hobby ~ rock tumbling. My grandson thinks this is the greatest thing ever and can’t wait to do it again. I have to admit, we came up with some very nice stones.

It wasn’t all sunshine and roses in May. We lost our cousin and dear friend, Mitch. We will always miss him.

In June it was off to the races again with another conference.

This time we were Cocoa Beach for the SCBL reader/writer conference and it was, as usual, fabulous. I got to give out more prizes, AND I launched my new book, Changelings. Could not have asked for a better time. 

 

 

 

Also in June, I facilitated the second and final FWA Focus Day for 2018, this one on DIY Marketing. Again, great presenters and staff made for a wonderful, helpful event that I think all the attendees enjoyed.

Now it’s July and I’m working on finishing my next book, The Heart’s Last Hope. I’ll be launching it after the move, some time in late August/early September.

In the meantime, I’ll be counting my blessings. Looking back over these past few months, it strikes me that I have a lot to be thankful for. If I’ve been busy, it’s been mostly great things, and I don’t want to ignore that, so I won’t.

For now, I have to shift my focus to moving. Not far, but still…

Moving.

So, until next time ~ Live, Laugh and Love, because after all, what else is there?

 


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