2016 is here, and my to-read list is piling up pretty quickly. In addition to the eight I'm reading to judge a literary award contest, the ones that I'm dying to get to, are pouring in on all fronts. Between my lovely paperbacks, kindle, audible, and the overflowing bookshelf in my "library" (aka shelf inset shelves in my hallway), I literally need to get my hands around things. Case in point, these three, Strickly Between Us by Jane Fallon, Unbridled Holiday by Kristin Dow, and none other than First Comes Love (June 2016) by my personal favorite, Emily Giffin. They have my name written all over them. Just the kind of twisty plots and exuberant heroines I like. Love, deception, loyalty, all wrapped up in a happy ending. Come on now, this is what I'm talking about. All I need now, is a good beach and an umbrella drink...oh, and the elusive "me time," that every mommy dreams about.
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is on it's last day and the holidays began somewhere in between the time I took down my creepy crawly Halloween decorations and Black Friday, which I missed altogether. Still, I couldn't resist the urge to whip up some hot chocolate, throw on a little Mariah Carey Christmas, and deck my halls.
Every year, I try to do something a little different than the year before. With all the same decorations, I just moved things around a bit. I grabbed the North Pole mailbox from the fireplace and the porcelain trees from the top of the fridge, along with a few other odds and ends and voilà!-a table worthy of a a festive feast.
Nevermind the naysayers and never wait for others to validate your dreams. Go and do, and never look back. For they are behind you for a reason.
Find happiness in the little things. For they will get you through the big things.
I've heard this before, but I think it's worth repeating. "Never confuse your means with your meaning." Enough said.
Surely, if He whispered in our ears, what we're supposed to be doing, we'd go and do without hesitation. But that's not how it works. Instead, pay close attention to your feelings. They are the barometer, guided direction for us. Notice how when things are going wrong or you're sad and you keep going down the same path, things only get worse. Adversely, when you're doing what you're supposed to, what's right, you're somehow inclined to continue forward. Well, that's Him, telling you that you're on the right path, or to quickly make a u-turn. For all the signs keep popping up, but will you heed them, or ignore them. Don't confuse the speed bumps with stop signs and dead ends.
Not all those who wander are lost. Dream constantly and wholeheartedly, for those dreams were sowed in anticipation of your greatest harvest. Seek out your passion and purpose and when you find it, never let it go.
I'm a writer. Not because I have sold millions of copies of my books. I'm a writer because that's what I dream about and what I wake up thinking about. It's what makes me happy.