Recently, I started a gratitude journal. Well, actually I downloaded a gratitude app where everyday I post at least one thing that I’m grateful for. Some days, I even include a photo. I love it. I started using the app because I wanted to take time every day to reflect on what I’m grateful for in my life. Since doing so, I’ve noticed my generalized anxiety has gone down and my happiness has gone up.
I have so much to be grateful for:
My husband, who’s my best friend. My whole family, and especially my mother who does so much for me. My amazing friends. Our new home, where we’ll be hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time tomorrow. My new job. My ability to write and pursue my dreams. Even the little things – like the freedom to spend a Saturday morning reading in bed, or enjoy a good movie (just saw About Time and LOVED it), or even just a pretty sunset after work.
Really. So, so much to be grateful for.
This month, the YA Buccaneers are giving thanks to writers. (<–Click the link to grab the badge and participate! It’s never too late!) I could list a whole bunch of authors whose work has inspired me. But I want to use this opportunity to thank YOU. All of you writer friends who’ve visited my blog or Twitter to offer support, encouragement, and commiseration. My blogging slowed the second half of this year but I really love being part of this community and plan to keep blogging and tweeting to stay connected to all of you.
I also want to thank my NYC Write Nite crew, who I don’t get to see on a weekly basis anymore–since I stopped working in NYC–but I love so much. They are such an incredible and talented group of women and I’m so excited for their accomplishments. Several have their debuts publishing in 2014 and 2015 so look out for them!
Michelle Shusterman – I Heart Band (January 2014)
Rebecca Behrens – When Audrey Met Alice (February 2014)
Kathryn Holmes – The Distance Between Lost and Found (2015)
Kim Liggett – Blood and Salt (2015)
I’m also very grateful for my wonderful critique partners, beta readers, and my Pitch Wars mentor Dahlia, who all helped me whip The Right Exposure into shape and offered encouragement as I began querying earlier this year. Querying has been quite the journey and I’m so happy to be putting my work out there and getting awesome feedback from agents.
And of course, I love my crew at the YA Buccaneers. It’s been a fun ride so far and I’m excited to see what 2014 will bring us!
See? Just writing this post made me feel all happy inside. Gratitude, guys. Try it!
For all of you celebrating tomorrow, have a happy Thanksgiving!!!