The Crimson Five series

Are You Celebrating the Right Things?

My word for 2022: CELEBRATE! 🎉

Life goes by too fast not to celebrate the small moments as much as the big ones. So that’s what I’m planning to do more of this year. Celebrate coffee dates and phone calls, game nights and a clean house, a good book and a great Netflix show, meeting a new writing friend on Twitter, revising a new chapter, Sunday mornings watching HGTV with my husband, and even chats on the couch with my kids when they’re home. Because I don’t want to be so focused on the future, and waiting for the big moments to happen, (like finding a new agent or signing a book contract) that I forget to celebrate all the little things that make this life good.

So who’s with me? Who’s ready to focus on the little things too and find happiness in whatever those things are?

Most of you are here for the writing stuff so maybe we should start there. Do you have an idea for a book? Well, that’s huge! Do you have a rough draft that you’re working on? Even better! Do you have a completed manuscript? Or near completed one? Are you kidding me? That’s amazing! Do you know how many people only dream of writing a book? If you’re actually writing a book, that’s a really big deal and you should celebrate that. Are you writing late at night or on your lunch breaks or while the kids are somehow hopefully occupied? Instead of being frustrated or mad that you don’t have that much time to write, celebrate the fact that you do have some time to write and that you actually are. Because every bit of effort you out in to chasing your dream deserves to be celebrated. Try not to lose sight of that. And for those of you further along on your writing or publishing journey…those of you who are revising your manuscript for the hundredth time, struggling through a synopsis, or querying it to agents, try to remember how far you’ve come and celebrate that. You’re closer than you think I bet and that’s definitely something to be celebrated!

That doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the big stuff too. I mean sometimes that’s the best way to motivate yourself to push through the hard moments of writing and of life. And that’s what I’m doing today.

The moment when I first spotted my book on a shelf…at Barnes and Noble!

Today marks 4 years since I became a published author! I can’t even believe that my first middle grade book, Spin the Golden Light Bulb has been out in the world for that long. So, today I’m thinking about my journey to January 9, 2018 and celebrating one of my proudest achievements. 🥰 Then tomorrow, I promise, I’ll go back to celebrating the small stuff, like the fact that I’m revising my new manuscript on a random Monday in January, and toast myself with a cute cup of chai. 💛

Have a great random, special day today. I hope you find something small to celebrate too! Cheers!