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Tell us the Top 5 Best Things that have happened to you in the past year.
(Focus on writing, but other things are allowed!)
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This question took a bit of thought. 2023 has been quite busy and, therefore, a lot got packed into this year. As I am going through the rolodex of memories, I’m trying to cite something from each month, and then narrow it down to the top five of that list. Let’s see how I do!
The first thing that happened to me this year was probably also the top thing that happened to me this year. After a 23 year career, I finally reached a promotion that has set me on a path for multiple successes. That is all due to my degree and experience in writing. When I first started out, I thought I had been getting farther and farther from my writing dreams. All along I was gaining strength and credibility. Those things matter a great deal in the writing field. To obtain respect for my skillset, acknowledged in the promotion and subsequent improved compensation, is the best set of circumstances that me and my family have enjoyed in my entire career. Having struggled for years, finally getting to take a good deep breath has reduced my stress exponentially. And, it’s only getting better.
That brings me to the second best thing. This year, I helped create and present a very detailed training with my peers and upper management. My writing skills shone, and this got a lot of attention from very high up people, and has given me a great reputation at the job. This is another laurel leaf that has helped me build back my heart for writing. Accolades may seem frivolous to those not struggling to receive acknowledgment (especially for their skill), but for folks like me (who were cast aside and starved of their due), it is super healing and energizing.
The third thing, the promotion that I received at the start of the year has brought me new colleagues that make me feel welcome and are a joy to be around. I’m exercising my leadership skills, too. The confidence boost these three bring have gone a long way to helping me stand tall again, and branch out into tasks and experiences that I would have shied from in the past. And, because of this group, I think I found the perfect editor for my next book!
The fourth item on my list is regaining a strong desire to write fiction again. As my daughter ages, becoming more independent, I find more time to do things for myself. This is important for recharging those batteries. While it may not look like I am doing much as far as writing, I am building up that desire again, and it comes through doing all kinds of art, crafts, culinary endeavors, and rest!
The Fifth and last item of this top five is getting to be myself wholly, and reacquaint myself with that person again. This is deeply important to writing. Like I wrote above, being in a good state of mind was always how I was able to do my work to begin with. If I felt that there was no point, or that there was nothing I felt joy for, then there was nothing I wanted to write. Longing, too, is something important to hold, but it has to be from a frame of mind of curiousity and not deficits. For me, depression manifests out of the lack of what I believe are common place needs: such as love, respect, rest, joyful experience, and other basics.
So what is on my docket for 2024? I really need to lock myself into rewriting the Trailokya screenplay and running another draft of OP-GHO. Has the time come? I don’t know. If things continue on the trajectory they’ve taken, I think it has. However, figuring out when I can have time to write is going to be the trick! Life is so busy for me right now, and after a full day, I am ready for rest, not writing. Fingers crossed!
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