With Thanksgiving a week away, I thought I’d list the things I’m grateful for.
1. The Redneck
Yes, he makes me crazy. Yes, he can be an insensitive putz. But for the most part, he had been a steady rock. He works all the time and never calls in sick, even when he probably should. After almost nine years married, we still pretty damn good.
2. The Dirt Faced Okie Boys
I may want to kill them on occasion, but they are awesome kids. Their teachers love them and they try so hard. I love the little stinkers.
3. Dayna Hart
There’s not too many people who can get me through a tough day. She does it almost every day. I mean EVERY DAY.
4. Crystal Jordan
When it comes to generosity, she’s awesome. With her time (she has done my website for two years.), with her knowledge (she’s a New York pubbed author) and with her humor. I’m glad I’m “locked in”.
5. Loribelle Hunt
The woman has saved my children more times than I can count. Also, she’s career smart. She kicks my ass when I need it and makes me laugh when I need THAT. Also, unlike Dayna and Crystal, she doesn’t mind the drunk dialing. LOL.
6. Elaina Huntley and Nina Pierce
These two are so encouraging for me. Both of them have (whether they knew it or not) lifted me out of some dark places because they’re so driven, yet so positive. I get a lot of ego strokes I don’t deserve from those two.
7. Melissa Blue
She’s my California connection and a woman who I admire. At twenty-four, she is a single mommy kicking ass and taking names in her writing. When I met her at RWA, I had no idea how much I was going to value her friendship.
8. Romance Divas
I would be completely lost without my Divas.
9. Romance Divas Chat Room
This is where I go to do “challenges”. These are timed writing periods where other authors and I write for twenty minutes and then post word count. The best part is being able to post snippets of what we’re writing. I love being able to see what everyone else is writing and hear what they say about mine. It’s really kept me going the last couple of months as I’ve struggled to stay with it.
10. That The Redneck Is Still Employed
In this economy, I’m very grateful he’s still working. His employer has treated him well too, so that makes it really good.
11. Our Health
In past years, The Redneck and I have both struggled with illnesses of various kinds. This year has seemed much better.
12. My Publishers
All of them have continued to take a chance on me despite my sales, despite my weird stories and despite my dry spells. They have all been awesome for me.
13. My Faith
I’m sure that sounds weird coming from me, but this is an area that has taken a beating the last couple of years. I’m grateful I still have it, even though I don’t talk about it much. But every step of the way, I am well aware that God has my best interests at heart, even if I don’t see it. Funny, I’ve never felt God let me down in any way. My issues are always with people. I guess that’s why they say “Trust God, love people”.
Thankful? I’d say. I’m a very blessed person. I might whine and complain, but I wouldn’t change anything in my life. Okay, I’d be a little skinnier but…..
What about you? Is there one thing that you’re really grateful for today?