Posts Tagged ‘Success tips’

You’ve probably noticed I’ve not had many blog posts the last few weeks.

Starting today, I’m getting back on track.

Starting today, I’m beginning a new adventure.

Starting today, I’m writing not just a new chapter in my life story, but opening a new book.

Starting today, I no longer have the “safety net” of a full-time “day job” and am committing myself 100 percent to my writing.

I knew once I was bitten by the writing bug it was what I wanted to do full-time. I dreamed of the day when I could stop living my life in black and white and pursue the beautiful array of colors the life of my dreams presented.

Due to some circumstances I would not have predicted, I’m able to do that sooner than I planned.

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited this makes me.

I’m also excited because I discovered some things in the last few weeks.

• I have a backbone and using it will not kill me.

• I have a funny bone and using it is therapeutic.

• I have a breaking point on my tolerance for unacceptable behavior and drawing the line strengthens the backbone.

• Self-respect is a highly valuable commodity.

• Sometimes we need a nudge off the cliff to take a leap of faith.

• Faith is both empowering and reassuring.

• More people care about you than you’ll probably ever know.

• Some people will not do what is right.

• Always, always take the high road, because it gives you the ability to carry on with dignity and self-respect.

• True friends are there to lift you up and encourage you onward.

• My husband would walk through fire for me.

Yeah, I’m feeling very, very blessed today and grateful beyond my ability to put into words.

The past few years, I’ve had a quote taped  to my desk at work:

Sunflowers and summer butterflies

I hope whatever it is you imagine, whatever it is you dream – you give yourself the opportunity to become.

She Who Is So Giddy About Today

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My Wednesday shout-out this week goes to my niece Katie. She is a 7-year-old version of human bubbles, taking her own sunshine with her wherever she goes.

I really, really love this kid. A smile or hug from her, and all is right in the world.

I learned a great lesson from her recently. As an end of school activity, her class was participating in some races and Katie was excited about running in a foot race.

The morning of the race she informed her mom at breakfast that she was going to win because she planned to start out in front and keep running, that way when the other kids got tired she would run ahead and win.

You know what? That is exactly what she did. Katie is proud of the medal she won for coming in first in the race.

I’m quite proud of her for winning, but also for learning so young what it takes to succeed – belief in yourself and the willingness to persevere when others would quit.

There are many times I could start my day with Katie’s attitude of believing I can accomplish my goal and then moving forward with unrelenting determination.

Congratulations, Katie! Job well done!

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