Welcome to Flash Fest December!
I have a few author friends who have joined me in this challenge and are contributing to the prize baskets!
This week’s prize basket:
- $5 Amazon gift card
- ebook for Red Wine & Roses
- Author Swag bag
- ebook of Protected By His Grace by Grace Augustine
This is how the prize giveaway will work:
Leave a comment throughout the week on any blog post, whether it’s the blog hop, flash, guest spot, or weekend writing warriors. I will select one of the commenters through Randompicker and post it on Monday’s post. The winner can contact me on Facebook or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I apologize for not getting it posted on Monday, it’s been a rough couple of days.
The challenge is to write a flash piece, 500 to 1000 words based on a Holiday tune as a prompt. The author was given the option to select their own or I would assign one. Trust me, my list of holiday tunage is anything but traditional!
I am still posting for the MFRW blog hop on Fridays and the WEWRIWA on Sundays. The comments on those posts count as well!
MFRW blog hop week 50 – My Biggest Accomplishment.
You know, just when I think I got this in the bag, they throw a wrench into my gears.
Uh, give me a few minutes to figure this one out. Have a cup of coffee, a few snacks while I fish out the wrench.
I was going to post this animated short about a guy trying to fix an engine and tossing all sorts of parts around, but then I saw Harry and well. . . I’m partial.
I think that my biggest accomplishment, pertaining to being an author was getting my first book published. It was the barrier that I just couldn’t seem to break through, then a small print publisher showed interest in me. I was over the moon ecstatic!
I’ve learned a lot about the business of writing, about publishing, marketing – got a lot more to learn on the marketing front. I will always be grateful that they published me!
Fast forward, the small publishing house and I have parted ways, and I’ve published 2 more books. Most of what I learned through this experience, helped me have the confidence to publish the others. There is definitely some satisfaction in each one, but getting past that first barrier . . . well, I spent years submitting my work to multiple publishers, large houses and small, and I was on the verge of quitting and shelving my dreams permanently.
In my personal life, you already know what I’m going to say. You knew it was coming so I’m just going to lay it out there – I beat cancer! So far! I am 7 months cancer free, but they won’t say a survivor until you’ve been clear for 3 years. I have 2 years and 5 months to go! This year has changed my life profoundly, it would take an entire year to tell you every aspect that has been affected by this diagnosis.
It helped me sort my priorities. I made myself a priority – something that was foreign to me as a mom and caregiver. I had neglected me for many years. I made my health a priority. I’ve lost 42 pounds so far this year. I guess there is hope that I might squeeze in a few more for the year, but I count that as a win also. I eat a healthy diet now that is cancer patient friendly. Very limited in carbs, zero sugar, (not counting fruit – I eat fresh fruit), and packed full of phytonutrients.
My skin is clearer than it has been for years. My hair, well I have hair, hallelujah! It’s a different look for sure, but . . . I’m cancer free.
This picture was taken in 2015 at my sister’s wedding. Doesn’t the hubs look sexy as hell in a suit???? We both clean up pretty good on occasion.
This was the back. I miss my long hair.
Then cancer treatment took over my life:
OH, and if you were wondering what to get me for Christmas, ear muffs, sock caps, hats, and those crochet bands that cover ears would be great! I’m not used to my ears being exposed. I don’t know how guys do it!
I’m exercising regularly. Not running marathons or anything super strenuous, I’m doing an aquacise class and loving it. 45 minutes of cardio a day for four to five days a week. It was one of the things recommended for cancer patients, that is easy on the joints. I haven’t talked about it too much, but the tamoxifen causes joint pain. There are days I’m nearly in tears. It’s a constant reminder for me to drop the excess weight and continue on a healthy road and to eat right.
I’ve eliminated environmental toxins from our home, from our food, from anywhere that I can control. I don’t eat processed foods – no sausage, bacon or anything with carcinogens. No lunchmeats, hot dogs, bologna, processed cheese, or Doritos. ( Yeah, I even gave up my Doritos.) I don’t eat the processed cereal, prepackaged anything. The closest to processed that we get is an occasional splurge by buying chicken strips from the deli.
I’m making meditation, prayer time, mental health a priority to reduce stress. I spend a lot of my time driving back and forth to lymphedema therapy and doctors appointments. I have good music in the car that is relaxing to me, as well as audiobooks.
I’m making my goals and dreams a priority and not pressuring myself with ridiculous schedules. I see some authors bragging about running on the frazzled edge all of the time. They have more books out than me, but you know what? I’m at peace.
I can do what I can do, and do my best every day. Somedays my best is managing to get to appointments, maybe get 100 words down, a little bit of housework done. Somedays I can go 90 to nothing for a short time. Then there are those days when I can manage to feed myself and have my wits about me. I have learned to accept that on those days I need rest. On those days, I can’t push.
I have learned to take care of me. When I am at my best, then I can give out to others and be a blessing to them. But if I am depleted, I have nothing to give.
I think I have to change my biggest accomplishment – it’s not getting my first book published, it’s learning to take care of myself so that I can be a blessing to others.
Call me a sentimental sap if you will. I’ve learned a lot this past year. Being the true strong-willed person and blockhead, I had to learn it the hard way. Lessons learned the hard way are not soon forgotten! I can honestly say that I have a better quality of life than I did before the cancer diagnosis.
Now if I could just say the same for the state of my home. Maybe I’ll tackle the clutter for a bit before I start wrapping gifts.
What would you say that your biggest accomplishment is? As always, you can find the other MFRW blog hop participants HERE.
Write on my friends, write on.