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Goodbye to 2014!

Goodbye-2014-cardI’ll admit it.  I’m glad to see 2014 go.  Charles Dickens comes to mind. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” If you read my post, My New Sight, you have an idea of what I mean.

I struggled with some serious health problems, my business went through some profound changes (both good and bad), and I was faced with some pretty important personal decisions.  The first half of the year was hell. July through October was purgatory as I started making big changes, and November and December have shown me some lengthy glimpses of heaven.  That’s the trend right now.  Heaven.

I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without the process I went through in 2014. For that reason, I’m grateful for it all, but it’s still hard to say that. It’s hard to be grateful for pain, isn’t it?

Since 2014 is ending on a very positive note for me, I’m optimistic about 2015. I’m happy and reasonably healthy.  I have a plan for the year and I’m excited about it! I have several publications in process. Even better, I know that there is a lot of unexpected good in store for me over the next year and I’m ready for it.

For the first time in over a year, I’m looking forward to creative opportunities, rather than just working as hard as I can to overcome obstacles. What a difference this one change makes!

Specifically, the creative opportunities I’m looking forward to right now are related to publishing several more books in the coming year. That’s not all I have planned, but that’s what’s motivating me these days.

What about you?  What are you looking forward to in 2015?  Are you ready to say goodbye to 2014?

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Dealing with Rejection

teenage rejectionI fell in love – I mean really in love – for the first time when I was in 8th grade.  All my crushes before then were just kid stuff, but Matt was the real thing.  We were “going together” and everyone knew it (even though we never actually went anywhere because neither of us was allowed to date and we were too young to drive).  We shared several precious kisses – at a church-sponsored dance, at an amusement park, and on my front porch. Then one day, at a dance, he danced with Gina …. to our song (Three Times a Lady by the Commodores)…and then he kissed her.  And I couldn’t breathe.

I was devastated.  It was a pain so intense that it reverberated across the decades.  When I think about it, I can still feel the ache of that betrayal and rejection.

It wasn’t the last time I would experience rejection. Anytime you expose yourself emotionally to others you risk rejection. As a writer, you invest yourself in your work. You are putting your ideas, your skill, and your voice out there for judgement. You are actually putting yourself out there for judgement.
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