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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

What I Am Grateful For

Even as a freelancer going through my leanest month of the year (typical in the book-publishing industry), I have much to be grateful for, such as:

  • my son, other family members, my writing buddies and friends, my animals;
  • my son and I are healthy;
  • we have a roof over our heads;
  • we have food on our table;
  • Reliant Energy (I'm saving tons of money over my previous electricity company);
  • my new HVAC (old one was installed back in 1983; yet this new one may be partly responsible for my electricity bill going down as well);
  • I do have paying work coming in. Hallelujah! Remember, December is slow in the book-publishing world;
  • had a real lightbulb moment a day or two ago. Here's the principle: complaining is denial; instead, get rid of the source for whatever isn't working. I know. Doesn't look as impressive when merely words on paper/screen as it is when put into practice. But denial is not an action; it's an inaction. And here I thought I was not really a procrastinator (apart from lack of time and/or lack of money limitations). Follow this premise and you'll save your sanity and find your happiness quotient soars. Your house may even get cleaner; mine is—ha!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone!

"If your vocation isn’t a vacation, then quit, leap, change careers."

Denise Barker, Author, Blogger, Copy Editor
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What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. Ralph Waldo Emerson
When you give someone a book, you don’t give him just paper, ink, and glue.  You give him the possibility of a whole new life. Christopher Morley
The best inheritance you can leave your kids is an example of how to live a full and meaningful life. Dan Zadra

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