Yes, I’ve been MIA (missing in action) for several months on this blog, but it’s time to resurrect this place and bring it back to life. There’s been so much going on with me (personally and professionally) that other projects have taken up the bulk of my time. Unintentionally, this has caused my blog to fall on the back burner.
I’m trying to live the motto, “Work Smarter Not Harder.” Therefore, resurrecting this blog means only one thing: I’ll show up more than usual. However, “more than usual” doesn’t mean more frequently.
The scheduling for these blog posts will be on an as-needed basis whenever information (or inspiration) arises that I’ll want to share.
Currently, I’m working on several things and hoping to finish them sooner more than later—my next two novels being among them.
In the meantime, you can interact with me more frequently on my Facebook Author Page, or on Twitter. I seem to be in those places more than I’m here on this blog. Mostly because I can post stuff there more quickly instead of having to write full blog articles.
You can also join my mailing list for author news updates, information, and freebies. Your email won’t be bombarded by joining because I only send out updates a few times a year.
Catch ya soon!
As a toddler I learned how to walk and how not to pee in the bed. As a kid I learned to roller skate, go fishing, play the piano, and French braid my hair. As a teenager I learned to drive, kiss boys, use a sewing machine, become an avid reader, and write a lot of poetry. As an adult I worked various jobs, received a college degree, created a career, received a marriage license, given birth to children, bought a home, and published a novel. And that’s just the short list.
We all have huge lists of accomplishments that have shaped our lives, yet we forget to honor them. We don’t take time to bask in the glow of them or be in harmony with what they’ve taught us or how far they’ve brought us. So this past weekend I took time to bask in the knowledge of who I am, why I am, and how far I’ve come. To savor those things that have helped me become…me.
I think we all know life is just a string of events and accomplishments, mixed with highs, lows, twists, turns, and amazing detours. Yes, sometimes we get stalled and can’t seem to move and other times we are moving but feel kind of stalled. But did you ever consider that sometimes, maybe, we should just be still and savor what we’ve accomplished—from birth to now. Give honor to all the nuts and bolts that built us into the magnificent people we’ve become.
It’s often said we’re so focused on trying to get to where we’re going that we don’t appreciate where we are or where we’ve been. Well, I’m here to say I appreciate where I am, even though sometimes (most times) I’m anxious to get to where I’m going. And from now on I’ll try to honor my accomplishments by savoring where I’ve been.
It’s the New Year and everyone’s revved up about new changes for the year ahead. We’re setting new goals, burying old habits, creating new pathways, and building better futures. The month of January (particularly January 1st) inspires in us a sense of revival and renewal, which makes us feel we can conquer the world (or at least the forthcoming year). Yet there’s only one problem.
There’s an oversight we fail to see in January that becomes vividly clear to us in February, March, and so on. That oversight is this…
“God doesn’t alter His plans in our lives just because January comes around.”
That’s why come February, March, and so on; our goals, resolutions, and well-laid-out plans start to fade, or fall by the wayside. The blistery winds of life blow us back into reality. And the reality is, whatever season of life we’re experiencing is ours to “grow” through. It can’t be altered, dismissed, or placed on hold. It’s here for our good, though sometimes it doesn’t feel so good.
Waving our magic wands in January doesn’t change the status of God’s plan in motion. Though there’s nothing wrong with allowing the New Year to inspire us to set new goals, make resolutions, or bury old habits. We should always motivate ourselves to be the best we can be. However, the key is not to get caught up or be totally reliant upon our self-made plans. There’s a higher plan in motion, which takes precedence over anything we can conjure up for ourselves.
Therefore, instead of putting all our eggs in the January basket only to fall flat on our faces come February; we should allow the year to unfold for us the growth and achievements which God has intended.
NOTE: This is a re-post of one of my favorite blog posts I’ve written. It’s a much needed reminder for me (and hopefully for you) whenever January comes around.
Watercolor Photo by Stuart Miles