Ah! It’s that dreaded time of year again. With my birthday right around the corner, I’ve been doing a lot of reflection lately and not nearly enough writing. It’s my typical spring slump. In true spring fashion, things have been chaotic lately. Add to that the absolute joy and nervousness of a new release, and well…I’m pretty much wired and bouncing from one end of the interweb to the other. I can’t even focus long enough to read! Insanity, right? Or at the very least, mentally traumatic. I mean who *doesn’t* want to get lost in a good book?
What have I learned in the past year while the planet slowly rotated and I grew another year older? A few things. Some were lived, some were observed.
As much as I may want to, I can’t control everything. Some things are simply out of my hands and my capability to change.
Sometimes, you have to let go of the past in order to embrace your future.
No matter how damn hard you try, you will never be able to make everyone happy. That’s why it’s so important that you make the best decisions for *you.* Be mindful and considerate of others and their feelings, but don’t forsake yourself in the process. At the end of the day, be sure those choices are ones you can live with too. Make sure they put a smile on your face. You only live once, baby.
Be passionate in life and love. Be radiant. Freaking shine. Shine like the effin’ sun. Even if you are the only one who can see that light, trust me…it’s still there.
Love your readers for all they’re worth—because they are worth far more than you know. Give that love unconditionally. Show and share it often. Make time for them. They are the ones who make every arduous step you’ve taken worth it.
Opinions are subjective—they are personal—and everyone is entitled to have one. Be thankful someone took the time to read something you wrote. Be thankful someone took the time to share their thoughts. Hell, be thankful someone took their hard-earned money and invested it in something you did. The next time you feel like complaining, consider this: There are best-selling books—some of the most beloved and famous authors of all time—with low ratings and everything else. If *they* can get them, you will too. Not everyone is going to love you or your book. Get OVER it. Suck it up and move on. Some people will love your work. Others will hate it, and some will fall somewhere in between. That’s just the way it goes. As Forrest Gump would say, “And that’s all I have to say about that.”
Never ever give up. Never stop doing what you love. Keep reaching further and striving harder every day. Eventually, you will get to where you want to be.
Be gracious. Be kind, but be honest.
Forgive. Both yourself and others. Nobody is perfect. We ALL make mistakes. We’ve all done or said things we wish we could take back. The best we can hope to do is learn from those moments and move forward as better people.
Be bold. Be brave. Push those envelopes and comfort zones from time to time. You might be glad you did!
Family is everything. At the end of the day, they are what matters most.
Friends are a rare and precious gift.
I don’t have enough time in the day or fast enough fingers to keep up with all the ideas coming to me. For my own sanity, patience and prioritizing is going to be key!
I can ramble on about nothing and absolutely-freaking everything all in the same breath whenever I hit this blog.
Those are just some of the things I’ve learned or observed this year. I like to think I’ve grown in some aspect, other than just getting older. (I’ve also learned to have a back-up plan in place in case of another holiday disaster like Easter.) As for now, I have stuff to get ready for and weekend escape planned. Oh, and writing…lots of writing to do.
I also have a birthday giveaway in the works, so keep your eyes open for that on the 28th!
~Best wishes and much love!~