May 2013 be filled with love and peace for one and all.
Be safe. Don’t drink and drive!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 14 years to get that many views.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO COMMENTED AND LIKED MY POSTS. I SINCERELY APPRECIATE IT!
2012 brought me good and bad, ups and downs just like in priors years. I’m not surprised. Instead of complaining about the bad and the down moments that unfortunately were thrown at me, I am going to say how grateful I am. Why? Well, the bad and the down moments made my mind and soul tougher and stronger. Year after year I continue to develop thicker skin. Life isn’t getting any easier. It just gets harder from here. The only way life is easy is if you take the time and energy to make the best of it. In regards to all the good and up moments thrown at me, I will say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I am blessed.
Instead of writing in details about each negative and positive of 2012, I am going to list just a few things that either put a frown or smile on my face.
1 – Gained new friendships because of my book A Second Chance
2 – My book was a hit among friends and individuals who related to the book.
3 – I got a NICE raise at work.
4 – I received a response to one of my tweets regarding Hurricane Sandy from celebrity Joey Lawrence.
5 – I had the honor of talking to the legend Adolfo “Shabba-Doo” Quinones through Facebook, Twitter and Skype. He is absolutely sweet, kind, intelligent and talented. I hope we can maintain communication in the near future.
6 – My husband and I had a meet and greet with Bret Michaels this past September. Bret is one of the few people who always thanks the 9/11 first responders, NYPD and FDNY during his concerts. He said he will never forget. This means a lot to us especially since my husband was there during 9/11 and is a first responder, along with one of cousins and uncle. Bret was charming and sweet and down to earth. It was a pleasure meeting him. Ignore my cheesy smile…lol. I was excited. Can’t you tell?
7 - I gained the courage to finally make the decision of publishing my first short story (coming in 2013) as oppose to just writing it and leaving it in my drawer.
8 – Having an amazing family and husband by my side no matter what.
9 – Last but not least, Health.
1 – My grandfather had to be put in a home. He cannot fend for himself the way he once did. It is still very painful seeing him in a nursing home environment, but I rather see him there than not see him at all. He is being taken good care of, and I am forever grateful that he has nurses and doctors who treat him with respect and love.
2 – Living, witnessing or hearing about the tragedies such as Hurricane Sandy, the Connecticut shooting, China stabbings, people pushing innocent individuals into the train tracks, etc. These were true nightmares that put a damper in me.
3 - The countless rejections from publishing companies; giving an opportunity to write for people, but at the end the chance was given to someone else; certain facilities or individuals not taken A Second Chance seriously even though I have an important message in my book.
4 – Spending a whole year TRYING HARD to transition from accountant to writer, but not being very successful at it. Changing careers shouldn’t be that hard, right? Perhaps soon. Who knows.
5 - Having to ax “friends” from my life or at least limit them due to lack of trust. Friendships can sometimes be deceiving.
Well, here you have it. There’s so much more, but I choose not to continue boring you all.
Many people are so excited over the fact that 2013 is around the corner (well, actually 24 hours away) and things are going to be different, better. I don’t necessary agree with that 100%. A tiny part of me believes that some unwanted baggage from the year before will still be dragged into the New Year whether we like it or not. I am excited for the New Year, however, because I hopefully plan to celebrate it in the comfort of my home among family and friends with a lot of
I want to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy, and Safe New Year.
Don’t drink and drive!!
Yes, I celebrate the anniversary of my book.
Today makes a whole year that I published A Second Chance. I celebrate it because it’s a huge accomplishment for me. As I mentioned in a prior post, I was hesitate about publishing the book on my own. I’m glad I went through with it.
I need to give a super, duper huge THANK YOU for those people who supported me by purchasing A Second Chance. I met a few new friends because of my book. I am forever grateful.
Has anyone, at any point in your lives, felt as if you were the only soul cheering on the sidelines? I have felt that one too many times when in regards to projects. I do have certain family members and friends (who I can count with one hand) who cheer me on, but it is to be expected. It’s family and friends who do show signs of support. Their support goes beyond words. They show action. Then I have the phonies who say this to me, “Yay, I’m so happy for you. I’ll support you in anything you need. You just let me know. I’m cheering for you.” Ha, there are nowhere to be found or they come up with excuses as to why they couldn’t come through for me. Major let down, right? Therefore, outside of the usual suspects, I am the only one cheering and sometimes I find it hard to even do that.
I am not embarrassed to write publicly that it is a struggle to be a writer, to be heard and to be acknowledged. It’s definitely a challenge trying to find the right person (outside of my support circle) to actually believe in my work. There are plenty of people out there willing to help; but they are willing to do so for a large sum of money. Yeah…ok…I don’t think so. I am a newbie author, not an idiot. I will not throw thousands of dollars to someone to “cheer” me on, support and promote me with no guarantees that anything will come out of it. Because of this well-known fact, I become discouraged a little more each day.
There are mornings in which I wake up feeling optimistic, but as the day goes by reality hits and the optimism dissipates. Keeping a motivated and positive state of mind isn’t always easy even if you tell yourself over and over again that everything will work out. I have come close to being recognized and being given a chance to write material for other people. However, somewhere down the line there is a change of heart, and I am not given the opportunity. Then I have opportunities to promote my book on my own to different facilities for domestic abuse and that, too, falls through. It’s something I cannot comprehend. Talk about discouraging turn of events. Nevertheless, I continue pushing forward and holding tight to the little bit of faith I have left. Something has to give. I have to break down these unwanted barriers.
The reason why I continue to cheer myself, despite the battles I am facing and the lack of support I receive, is because I LOVE writing. Writing is my outlet. Writing is my escape from the real world. As much as it does disappoint that I am the only cheerleader, I do not plan on giving up on what I love so much. Maybe one day down the road, when I least expect it, someone will stand next to me on the sidelines. That someone will give my writing a chance and an opportunity to be heard.
What is perfection? Does it even exist? All readers interpret an author’s work differently; therefore, what you may consider perfect, someone else may not necessarily consider it as such. In my opinion, there is no such thing as perfection. As long as you are happy with each word written and your readers are satisfied, then your work is completed.
Year after year my husband would ask me to watch Miracle on 34th Street with him. I would refuse assuming I wouldn’t care for it. I do not know why I wouldn’t care for it especially since I love movies from the 40s, 50s and 60s. Well, for some reason or another I craved tonight. Needless to say, I was beyond pleased and enjoyed every second of it. I loved watching an innocent storyline taking place in my New York City with an adorable Natalie Wood. I wish I would have seen the movie sooner. I am about to see it again for the second time ever.
This morning on my way to work, I had the grand pleasure of meeting such character. He was rude, obnoxious, and disrespectful. I fully comprehend that not everyone is in the holiday spirit and times are tough. I am not into the holiday spirit myself; however, we shouldn’t make it harder on people by releasing our frustrations on them. I know it is easier said then done, but let’s try to have a good holiday. Being nasty to one another isn’t the answer.