The year 2014 started off well for me. I published one new book and two novellas. I had stories in four new bundles – and was even in charge of one. This brought me to the beginning of fall where I had an exciting idea for my next book. I’d barely started it when my husband and I went on a two-week tour of the UK.
We had a great time, but after I got home from the tour, I had a bad case of jet lag. It took another two weeks before I felt like myself again. And just as I did, my friend of many years was slowly dying – then more quickly dying.
Have you heard the phrase, “It knocked the stuffing out of me”? That’s how I felt. This didn’t affect just my emotions; it affected my writing, too. But even before this, I’d been putting the act of writing in second, third or last place. Recently, I decided that I needed to get back my joy of writing. My love of writing.
On a Yahoo writing group that I belong to, an author recently recommended THE HAPPINESS ADVANTAGE by Shawn Achor. The subtitle is: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
I did watch a few of his YouTube videos (the one above is great), and now I’ve read the book. Very big in all these principles is gratitude and noticing the good things in your life. In this article and in the book, Achor says to write down three new things you are grateful for each day. If you do this every day, looking for the positive in your life will soon become a habit. He also advises you to send a email to “someone on your team” every day, thanking or praising them. Doing this increases our feelings of social support.
Magical Musings is the closest I have to a team, and I’m so grateful to be part of this group with no many talented women. I admire all of them for so many reasons: their writing talent, their enthusiasm, their support, their wisdom, and so much more. There isn’t room in this post for all that I admire and thank them for.
I’m also grateful to all of the readers who read our blogs. Whether you comment or not, you’re the reason we do this. I hope 2014 was a good year for all of you. And I hope 2015 will be even more amazing. 🙂
Who are you grateful for – and why?