Life is Beautiful
Which is something I know and almost never forget.
But every now and then I just get this… feeling. This… stronger-than-usual reminder.
I am blessed. I have four wonderful, healthy children. I have a home that I love (even though it’s 150 years old and used to house dairy cows) in a beautiful and serene place that allows me the quiet I need to be at peace in my mind and spirit. I have the privilege of waking up every day and working at a thing that feels, most of the time, like the greatest fun. My work is something that, honestly, I’d still do even if I wasn’t paid to do it (and for years I wasn’t – but I did it anyway out of sheer love for it). Plus, I often get to work in my pajamas.
And comfy=good, yes?
The thing is, my life of late might seem like an embarrassment of riches, and this might, in some situations, prevent me from saying anything about it. But here’s why I want to share it; a very short time ago, none of this was true.
In fact, a very short time ago, I hated my job, spent very little time with my children because of said job, and lived in a place (and at a pace) that left me feeling overstimulated and exhausted. So I spent a little time thinking about how much it all sucked. And then I made changes. Big ones. Changes like quitting my job without another one in the pipeline and with no plans of GETTING one I hated ever again. Changes like moving my family 3,000 miles to a very small (and most importantly at the time, CHEAP!) town where I knew no one and had no idea what I would do next. Changes like giving up my big corporate salary and living paycheck to paycheck – when we were lucky enough to have a paycheck coming.
It was amazing. Exhilarating. Terrifying. Life-altering.
And here’s the important part. Ready?
I did it. I made those changes. I re-invented myself and started over, even though I had four children and a mortgage. Some people thought I was irresponsible. Many people thought I was crazy. It wasn’t easy. I didn’t always know what was around the corner. But as it turns out, that’s the fun part. If you can get over the terror! Heh.
Seriously, though. I know more than anyone that life is rarely perfect. That often, we’re thrown one loop after another. Which is why I think it’s important to really stand back and relish those moments when everything seems to fall right into place. When you feel like every moment, every day, has led you right to this one.
This is one of those moments, and I want to share it with you. I want to tell you that you CAN reinvent yourself. You can do – and be – anything you want. And it doesn’t matter if you have children, a mortgage. It doesn’t matter if you’re 20 or 30 or 60 or 80.
I have been a student of many things, a mother four times over, a wife (twice – but that’s a whole other story!), an executive, a homemaker, an antique dealer, a writer. I still am many of those things and sometimes it feels as if I discover more of myself every day. It has been a revelation to me that we don’t have to choose just one. The beauty of it is, we can re-invent ourselves as many times as we like. We can BE as many things as we like. As many as we DARE.
When I look back on my life, I can honestly say there is not a single thing I regret DOING. All of my regrets lay in the things left undone. Unlearned. Unexperienced. So my wish for you, dear readers, is that you dare. That you dare to live the life you want starting now. It may not always be easy. It may NEVER be easy. But if there’s something you want to do, try, experience, I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll never regret doing, trying, or experiencing it.
And visit me here or on Myspace or Facebook to share your journey, because the next best thing to having your own adventure is sharing someone else’s.
On another note, I have a couple of totally unrelated and seemingly random bits of… stuff!
Tricks, the new book by Ellen Hopkins has debuted at #1 on the NYT Bestseller List. This makes me SO happy because A) Ellen is an amazingly gifted writer, and B) Ellen is an amazingly nice person. I LOVE it when good things happen to good people, so this news made my day!
Daisy Whitney’s book deal for her debut YA book, The Mockingbirds, was announced in Publishers Marketplace. Daisy will be working with my editor (lucky Daisy!) and I can’t wait to read The Mockingbirds which is about an underground vigilante group of boarding school students committed to righting the wrongs of their peers. Sounds cool, right?
Some other super amazing books are out as of today including The Hollow by Jessica Verday, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, Hate List by Jennifer Brown, and Ash by Malinda Lo. All I can say is, it is a seriously great time in publishing.
Aimee at the blog My Fluttering Heart wrote an incredible review for Prophecy. And that’s really saying something, because there are so many talented bloggers out there and Prophecy has been fortunate enough to get a number of amazingly thorough, well-written reviews. Sometimes I have time to post them and sometimes I don’t (which makes me sad), but I HAD to post a link to Aimee’s because, well… she just nailed it in her review. It was one of those reviews where I found myself nodding and thinking, “She gets it!” So thank you, Aimee. You made my day/week/month! And, ahem, I think we may have another writer in our midst.
Lastly, I want to thank the many, many readers from all over the world who have taken the time to email me on Facebook and Myspace about Prophecy. Your enthusiasm for the book reminds me why I love what I do, and it means the world to me that you take the time out of your busy lives to share your love for Prophecy. Even though I email each and every one of you back, I just wanted to say it again here; THANK YOU! I ❤ YOU GUYS!