I usually skip most of the Facebook memes that go around (honestly, I don’t think there are 10 things you don’t know about me …). And, one of those I skipped this year is the November daily musings on what we are grateful for. It’s not that I am not grateful – I am! – but not just the month of November. So, I’ll kill two birds with one stone and share 10 things I’m grateful for.
- My Parents. Not only did they give me life, but they taught me how to live my dreams with respect for others and integrity.
- My Sister. For still speaking to me after sharing a house with me during my teenage years, but also for being so supportive.
- My Husband. It’s hard living with a writer. We get cranky for what appears to be no reason, but in reality it’s a stupid sentence driving us crazy. Not only does he put up with my mood swings and lack of cooking skills, but he stood by me while I chased my dream of writing.
- My excellent publisher. I only wish that every writer has someone like Robyn in their corner when it comes time to bring their work into the world. She is fiercely loyal and always willing to be there for me whenever I need her.
- My Writing Buddies. Carol, Jayna, Chrissy, Jeff, Susie, Bryan, Joe, Bethany, Claire, Scot, Nanon and oh gosh, I know I’m forgetting someone so please forgive me … But you guys are my biggest cheerleaders, but also the first to call me on my BS. Writing is a really lonely hobby/sport/profession/obsession, but I couldn’t ask for a better family of friends.
- My Muse. I know I’m lucky to have not only the ability to put together words that paint pictures, but I feel truly fortunate to have whatever it is that whispers stories in my ears and gives me glimpses of people who feel as real to me as anyone I meet on the street. I may get frustrated with my Muse when she gets distracted or plays hide-and-seek with me, but she is the heart and soul of my writing life.
- Readers. It’s been a year since Phoenix came out and in that time I’ve made new friends and caught up with old friends – all people who have been so kind as to spend their hard earned free time and money to read my work. I still pinch myself when someone says that they read Phoenix and fell in love with the characters. Thank you for so much.
- My Dog. Charlie has taught me so much in the year since we adopted him, but mainly patience and flexibility. He is nothing like my last dog, Katie; and I love him so much for that. The lessons he’s taught me are so invaluable to writing – just because one book was relatively easy to raise (or write), doesn’t mean the next will be … But when you accept him (and the book) for what he is, the pay off is immeasurable.
- My Health. I know this may sound superficial, but I am so thankful for a strong and healthy body. Sitting and writing doesn’t take a lot of physical strength, but lugging books to events and standing for hours on end talking to readers sure does.
- My Mistakes. Mistakes are wonderful. Mistakes prove that you took chances. Mistakes teach. And, a mistake is ten times better than regret. Sure, some mistakes are worse than others (and much less public than big bangs in the 80s …), but I wouldn’t be the person I am today without making a few mistakes along the way.
This is just a fraction of what I have to be thankful for every day of my life. What about you? What are you thankful for?
P.S. Wine and Coffee are ranked 11 and 12 … because you know I didn’t forget them. 🙂