The Little Things

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I had a post planned for today.

For various reasons, I don’t have all the elements I need to actually run that post.

Grrrr….

My brain grasps ahold of that one hiccup and gnaws away at it. Frustrated, stressed that I need a new post, hoping, although it’s not going to happen, that the original post will work in time.

I spiral down the pit, letting one thing ruin my day.

This happens too often.

I too often forget to relax, forget to enjoy the process of making something special, forget the passion that fuels my actions. Writing easily becomes a stress because I focus on the thorns and not the flowers. I stress about stuff that I’ve no control over and, in the end, really doesn’t matter.

But I truly believe we can intentionally control our train of thought. We choose what we focus on. It’s pure laziness on my part that a disrupted post can ruin a day.

So, I’m going to flip that on its head. Here are three things, simple things, that make me slow down, relax and enjoy each day.

A goofy breakfast set out by my husband.Smile breakfast

The Writing Sidekick reminding me to take a nap.
Writing Sidekick

Getting my business cards in the mail in time for my first book signing, and being super happy with how they turned out.
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It’s the little things that make life great if we choose to notice them. Let’s take a moment to appreciate them.

What little thing today put a smile on your face?

Blessings,

Jennifer

 

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Defining Success

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Writing Sidekick sleeping…he’ll sleep anywhere.

My husband and I have this routine we follow almost every night before we drift into dream land. No planning went into this routine, no preconceived notion forms how it’s followed but over the years it’s developed into a habit.

As we lay there about to drift off, we let everything from the day come spilling out in conversation. Logic would say dinner would be a better time for this and my sleep habit would agree, but reality doesn’t usually agree with logic.

So the other night, my husband and I were discussing the deep matters of the world, workout schedules, work grievances, body aches and pains, you know, the really pressing stuff, when we stumbled onto the topic of success.

I’m a worrier. As you can imagine, my worry level is up to the red when it comes to The Adventure, which launches on Amazon the end of this month. As we discussed this, Nate commented, “Define what success is for you. People will tell you all sorts of things but if you know what you want, then you know if you’ve accomplished what you desired no matter what others say.”

This stuck in my brain like a fly in honey. It wriggled around until it became fully immersed in my thoughts.

Regular, traditional publishing says you have to sell thousands of copies before a book is a success. Some say you have to make a living off of your writing and then you’re a success. Others gauge it on whether or not they’re familiar with your name, or if they’ve heard of your book before. Some point to Amazon reviews and press releases, interviews and book signings.

By many of these, I’ve a long way to go before I’ve achieved success and if I let these things define what I’m striving for, I may never reach the point where I’m satisfied with my accomplishments. Ouch.

But Success, as according to Merriam-Webster, is defined as:
  • A: degree or measure of succeeding
  • B: favorable or desired outcome; also :the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence
  • C: one that succeeds

Interesting…only one part of the definition deals with ‘wealth, favor, or eminence,’ and even those have varying degrees. A and C both rely heavily on what success is defined as in the first place. So really, the ‘favorable or desired outcome’ is where we each need to focus.

What, to each one of us, is the favorable or desired outcome that defines success?

The Adventure Kickstarter ImageFor The Adventure, I think achieving my goal for the year, as I outlined in my last post, The Trap in Dreaming, defines success.

That goal, specifically stated, was: Publish The Adventure and break even on the cost by the end of 2017.

Thanks to the amazing backers of The Adventure Kickstarter, that goal will be accomplished November 30th. Thus, this year has been a success. Period. Dot. Done. =)

What to you is success in your own life? Don’t let others define it for you.

Blessings,

Jennifer

 

 

Updates Pending…

I have this master plan… really it’s just a schedule for upcoming posts. For today, it said Book Production Update.

Sounds official at least, right? but when I sat down to write, I realized anything I could post about would be horribly boring. I’ve already written about anything interesting and really, I’m now in a holding pattern, waiting for Kickstarter surveys to come back with names for the book acknowledgements and for the latest proof to show up to continue Book Production.

So there it is, Book Production Updates. Further Updates are still pending. I’ll post them as soon as I know them =)

Until then, here’s the Writing Sidekick wishing everyone a wonderful weekend. He advises everyone to get outside and enjoy the crisp fall weather.

Writing Sidekick

Blessings,

Jennifer