And it's blog hop time again. Welcome over, hope you caught what Xio Axelrod had to say. If not, jump back and check her out.
We're staying fairly topical today, and this being the week of Thanksgiving, we're going to finish this thought ...
This year, I am thankful for ...
It forced me to sit down and review my year. And it's been a busy one, so I have been doing a lot of doing and not much thinking. Like most years, it's been a mixed bag of highs and lows. Today, I want to concentrate on the high points, and I really am very blessed and fortunate. In amongst my whining and moaning, it helps to have these moments where I remember that.
My family are all well and healthy this year, something I tend to take for granted, and I really shouldn't. We move around a lot, and seeing everyone settled all the time, takes a big part of my focus. I have a sixteen year marriage, and two children, and I am deeply thankful for that.
My sister and mother made it over to visit me from South Africa and I got to see them and spend time with them. As I grow older, I find it easier to accept and love people for where and who they are, and it enriches my life.
Career wise, I had a huge year. Considering this time last year, I had one signed contract with a publisher for "The Bride Gift" (medieval romance). A year later, I have published not only my debut, but another medieval called "Sweet Bea" and have a third on its way. I also have a set of three contemporary romances to be published next year. So, a huge year in that area. (Hence all the doing.)
I connected with lots of fellow authors this year, including being a founding member of Romance Weekly. I am grateful for their support and friendship. Quite a few of whom, I made a face to face connection with in San Antonio in July.
My husband had some career difficulties in the middle of this year, but they seem to be sorted out now and we are on to a new chapter there as well.
But over and above all those blessings, is that this year—for the first time in a long time—I've had the privilege of being able to do what I love, and felt that deep sense of satisfaction that comes from that.
And I'm grateful to each and every person who shared that journey with me, fellow authors, editors, and readers (present and future.)
I wish you the same sense of peace and 'rightness'. (As a writer, I really should have a better word for it, but I don't)
Keep on going and learn how J J Devine's year went and what she's thankful for.
What are you thankful for this year? I would love you to leave me a comment and let me know.