Eternally Grateful

gratefulI 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.

  1. My Parents. Not only did they give me life, but they taught me how to live my dreams with respect for others and integrity.
  2. My Sister. For still speaking to me after sharing a house with me during my teenage years, but also for being so supportive.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. My Dog. Charlie has taught me so much in the year since we adopted him, but 2013-09-30 17.48.33-2mainly 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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. 🙂

About Kimberly Packard

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years. When she isn’t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in North Texas with her husband Colby, Oliver the cat and a 75-pound lap dog named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors.
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4 Responses to Eternally Grateful

  1. Jeff Bacot says:

    Wine and coffee together! Now there’s no.13. 🙂
    Great piece Kim. My list would be similar, except beer would in the top 10. And sex, and cussing and liquor, beer again, my high maintenance GF, more beer…… yikes. My list would look nothing like yours. But I am thankfully for you and I love ya mucho. You’re awesome!!!

    • Kimberly Packard says:

      I’m not afraid of No. 13! LOL, I think I’m going to have to punch you on Lauren’s behalf. I’m sure she drinks her fair share to put up with you. Happy Thanksgiving sweetie! Much love to you guys!

  2. You are fabulous Kim and I’m thankful for you. 🙂 I’m thankful for so much I would use all your comment room to list them all. Let’s just say that I’ve got everything I need to not only survive but succeed in all that I do.

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