30 Days of Author Gratitude: Myself

No, I am not quite as narcissistic as this blog title might suggest, but I am grateful for me and the person/author/teacher I have become.

It has taken me 4 full decades to get to be the person I am, and she's pretty amazing, if I do say so myself. Everything I have been through, every person I have met along the way, all have shaped me into this person I am today. I am grateful for every lesson and blessing and who I have grown to be.

The person I have grown to be knows what it takes to get a novel from an idea to a draft, to a final tangible paperback version of a dream. I know what it takes and I STILL want to pursue an author as a second career (and this is even after learning what it takes while working full-time in my first career, a challenge in itself).

I am grateful for me. For every joy and every heartache. For everything I have experienced either directly or indirectly that I couldn't wait to make note of for a story idea (because as you all know, anything is fair game). I am grateful for being able to keep my eye on the future, while enjoying the present and learning from the past...and for never allowing myself to get distracted for too long.

So as odd as it may sound, I think we should all show the same gratitude for ourselves as we show for other people...and I, for one, am grateful for me.