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The last few weeks I've turned to that mental image again and again. Things at home have been a bit of a roller coaster ride. While it was wonderful to have my oldest child home for the holidays, we had some unfortunate events occur during that time.
The problem with my youngest child and all they're going through as a result of the choices their birth father continues to make is taking it's toll. Counseling isn't helping yet and it breaks my heart to watch my child continue to be in such pain over something they can't control but desperately wants to.
We were also looking forward to sharing the news with everyone that we were going to be grandparents, instead, the family had to break the news of a miscarriage to our oldest on the day before Christmas Eve instead of surprising them with the of the baby. The silver lining in all of this was that the family grew closer in the last few weeks than I thought ever possible and we can look forward to the couple (my middle child) trying again.Very soon.
Merry almost Christmas and Happy almost Hanukkah! The holidays are officially here and I’ve got the holiday spirit flowing through me. My entire family will be here this year and I’m stoked! While I’m not thrilled our heat is now running all the time because it’s cold out all the time (how long until it’s summer again?), I love having the Christmas tree up and hearing the classic Christmas songs playing in the stores now that Thanksgiving has past. I didn’t dig it when it wasn’t even Halloween yet. C’mon retailers, let me enjoy one holiday at time, will ya?
I’m still in a good place in my writing. I’m not cranking out 1,000 words a day or anything but that’s okay for me. I write at a snail’s pace. That’s who I am. But I still write. I’ve been focusing more on my self-help book than my fictional book, and it’s going well.
I had a concern that I wasn’t going to have enough content to fill an entire book, but the more I write, the more ideas come to mind. Who knows, maybe I’ll have it done before the year 2017 is over…but I doubt it.
The question for the month: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself in five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?
I don’t see writing as a career. For me, it’s two things: a way to help others who have been affected by sex addiction and the trauma it causes and it’s a blast. The writing, not the sex addiction. 😇 I love to create characters and tell their tales. Whether or not any of those books make a ton of money doesn’t matter to me right now. Maybe one day that will be important and maybe that means I’m not a “serious” writer, but that’s where I am right now. Ask this question a year from now and I may have a different answer.
Are you filled with the holiday spirit? Are you in a good place with your writing or a project you’re working on?
Scheduling Note: I’m working today so I’ll be by to visit either this afternoon or tomorrow. Happy IWSGing!
Don’t forget to stop by and say hello to our fantastic co-hosts:
Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford, Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield.
- My Faith: Without it, I would’ve gone batshit crazy by now. God knows how to keep me reminding me that, “Everything is going to be okay.”
- My Children: They inspire me and encourage me to keep improving my life.
- My Husband: He also inspires me and continues to be my biggest cheerleader.
- My Health: While my migraines are still a weekly occurrence, things could be far worse.
- My Recovery: It changed my life. While I’m still the same ol’ me at heart, I’m no longer a broken mess. Everyone around me benefits from it.
- My Job: It’s nothing fancy or even pays well, but it gets me out of the house and they understand I have a disease. They truly get it. And that rocks.
- Writing: I love to do it. I’ll never be rich or famous. That’s not my goal. I do it to help people and I hope in some small way I do.
- Volunteering: It does my heart good to give back what was so freely given to me. It’s a good reminder of where I came from and where I can so easily return.
- My Home: Not just the house itself but all that we have. The ability to have a home, food on the table, and clothes on our back. We don’t live in luxury, but we live above the poverty line and I didn’t always have the ability to say that.
- The Beach: Does this really need an explanation? It’s the sun and sand!
On a lighter note: Do you have plans for Black Friday? As for me, I’ll be staying home…and staying sober.