Hang On...I had about forty words into this post when I read it back and realized, "I sound like a smug jackass." I was explaining why I think I'm a naturally lucky person. I'd have eventually followed up with a clarification that I'm not lucky, I'm just fortunate. So, I can sum up the whole would-have-been post with a few - very true and heartfelt - cliches and platitudes.
- My blessings have been greater than my burdens.
always look for the bright side. tend to
- I've gotten up more times than I've fallen.
- Yeah, I know I have to think/say kind words to myself.
- Yup, already know about affirmations.
- Uh-huh, clear toxic people from my life. No prob. Got it.
- Meditate, sure.
- Take 'me' time. Yeah, I'll get right on it.
do have to put your foot down and protect your peace; even if it means disappointing someone else.
- If you are taking on the weight of the world, it's because someone else is not carrying their fair share.
- Remove toxic people from your life. And if you can't literally remove them, remove yourself emotionally from them.
- Stop apologizing and feeling guilty.
- Stop making and accepting excuses.
- Look for beauty.
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That last one is more important than you might think. Sometimes we forget what an exceptionally beautiful world we live in. Seek beauty every day and remind yourself how lucky we are to see such sights. Personally, nature is my reset button. If I can't get to a beach, forest, lake, or garden I get internally hysterical. It's usually after doing too much people-
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Reality CheckI admit, on a day like that one, it's easy to feel waves (pun intended) of gratitude and good fortune. But those days when it feels like everything has gone wrong? Lord love a duck, it ain't easy. The good news is, it's okay to not be okay sometimes. Take the five minute (or hour, or day-long) pity party. That's self-care, too. Allowing yourself to feel unlucky instead of insisting I'm okay, I'm okay, I'm okay is... okay.
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Seventeen-year-old Feather Anne Byrd already knows what she wants to do with her life. In fact, she's know it for a long time... and she's never told a soul. Until now
She's loved Brandon since forever, and he loves her. They've even planned a future together - marriage, children, and a house with a white picket fence. But then Nick shows up with his guitar and bad boy good looks. Just when her dreams . come true, the unimaginable happens, devastating not only her, but the people she loves most in the world. Can this small-town girl leave it all behind for the lure of the big city and the call of her dreams? Or will love keep her tethered to the town she once despised? start to
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Oh, and I'm happily at work on book six, which is the final installment in the series... at least in full novel form. Perhaps there's a prequel or side-story that wants to be told. We shall see. Anyhow, I TOTALLY make up for the rollercoaster in book five. See...
I think luck is on their side this time around ;)