Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Struggles and Gratitude

The Tug of War - JM Staniforth

Over the last few weeks, I’ve struggled to keep moving forward in all of my ventures. A few good days followed by a bad day and then back up again I go. Sometimes, I think I’m on a yo-yo ride.

I do realize my problems are much smaller than others. In fact, they’re no more than a mere sneeze in the big scheme of things. But, sigh, they are my issues, and they need to be worked through.

It will all work out, day by day, one positive thought leading to the next one.

Caution: No one worry, these are only motivational issues and such, nothing life threatening or anything.


The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth" (1914) By Jennie A. Brownscombe

Moving on to, what’s that? Thanksgiving Day! It’s right around the corner.

I hope everyone is preparing for a wonderful meal and lots of family sharing.

In celebration, I thought it would be a good time to share my gratitude list (in no particular order), all those things I’m thankful for and which keep me moving through my days, one after another.

I am thankful for:
  • My creativity 
  • My precious kitties – Tike and Prissy 
  • My critique partners 
  • My craving of searching for more: spirituality, personal growth, learning new things, taking risks 
  • My day job, which keeps me warm and feed
  • My home, which gives me shelter
  • My man, who on occasion understands me
  • Everyone I've encountered on my journey in both writing and tarot 
  • Readers of my work, both short stories and novellas 
  • Every breath I take, every lesson learned and every mountain in which I’ve climbed or will climb 
  • My Soul, and the chance to experience life 

Tike (left), Prissy (right)

Keep writing, reading and have gratitude!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Fall into Action - Setting Goals

 As we fall toward the end of the year, we should begin preparing for 2014.

Photoeuphoria | Dreamstime Stock Photos

Assess your progress and accomplishments.
  • What have you achieved?
  • Have you reached the goals you set?
  • Have you reached beyond your set goals, created new ones, and completed those?

Assess your steps and methods.
  • Did you find your goals easily reached?
  • Did you scramble to keep up?
  • Could you have accomplished more?
  • Did you stray from your set goals?
  • Did life events throw you off schedule?
  • Are your dreams the same as they were in the beginning of the year?

These are only a few questions you may wish to ask yourself. The important thing is to re-evaluate your life and begin preparing for next year.

Even if you are not the plotter or goal oriented writer, you should still have some idea of where you are going and how you plan to get there.

“The path toward success is one step at a time.”


Congratulations to all those who have chosen to participate in the 2013 National Novel Writing Month. 

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