Thursday, December 5, 2019

Celebrate! by Sally Shupe

Happy December! The month of celebration. I thought about what I’d set out to accomplish over the year. In some areas, I accomplished everything I set out to do. In other areas, I fell short. But you know what? Overall, I am happy with how this year turned out. My writing has grown, I’ve made new friends, I’ve got some great new ideas for more stories for next year. I’m excited!

Don’t focus on what didn’t get accomplished this year, and why you couldn’t get those items marked off your list. Didn’t get that remodel done? Didn’t find that great new job? Didn’t get that one last box emptied? Or maybe you didn’t get that book written, or finish the outline for your next book. Instead, focus on what you did accomplish. Look at your completed tasks. Did you get an outline typed up, flesh out characters for a book, enter a contest, get feedback? Did you find a critique partner? Celebrate the little things you did get done! Reward yourself for continually working toward your goal.

So. What are you celebrating? Every step forward is a step to be celebrated. Didn’t completely follow that diet plan? Celebrate that you’re more active now than you used to be, or that you’re eating more vegetables than you used to. Don’t focus on the negative, on the things you didn’t get done, the obstacles that you couldn’t control. Did life get in the way of you accomplishing your goals? Look at what you did get done during that time. Sometimes just showing up takes everything you’ve got. Celebrate that! Celebrate all the little things that make life special to you. A sweet smile, an unexpected visitor or card, writing an extra 500 words, a new idea for your next book. A snowstorm-or maybe that’s just me lol.

While you’re celebrating the season, and the reason for the season, pull out all the little and big things you’ve accomplished this year, and celebrate those things. Merry Christmas!

Sally Shupe lives in southwest Virginia with her husband, two grown kids, and a whole bunch of pets: five dogs, three cats, a rabbit, and birds at the birdfeeder (and the mandatory snowman when the snow cooperates). She writes contemporary Christian romance, with two completed manuscripts and others in progress. They are part of a series located in small town Virginia.

When Sally’s not writing or working full-time, she is a freelance editor for several authors who write fiction and nonfiction; students working on dissertation papers; a copy editor for Desert Breeze (now closed); a content editor for Prism (became part of Pelican); performs beta reading for various authors; publishes book reviews on her blog and with Valley Business FRONT’s monthly magazine; is a member of ACFW and ACFW Virginia; and loves genealogy, running, and crocheting.

Sally uses her love of words to write about God’s amazing love.

15 comments:

  1. This post is so for me this morning! It's hard to believe so much can change in one day. One day I have a car, that night-a deer smashes into me and takes out my car. Totaled. So yesterday was spent dealing with insurance and finding another car. So, today I am celebrating that I am okay!

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    1. OH my! Glad you are okay. We never know what the day holds but we can have comfort God is always with us.

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  2. Sally, bless you for this timely word--even with the car and deer mishap. So glad you're okay. It is so important for us writers to celebrate every advance we make on our journey. We celebrate when I finish a first draft, then the second draft and editing. Then when we mail it off to the publisher. AND everyone knows to celebrate Release Day.
    Have a blessed Christmas, and watch out for reindeer, too.
    Elva Cobb Martin
    2020 President ACFW-SC Chapter.

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    1. Hi Elva! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Yes, celebrate every step on the journey. All I'll be watching for those reindeer.

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  3. Sorry about the deer, Sally. But as you say, celebrate. It was a car and not YOU! I really like what you said about celebrating what we did accomplish as opposed to regretting what we didn't get done. Too many "didn'ts"in my year but the "dids" were great. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Hi Cindy! Thanks for your comment. Celebrating the "dids" with you! It's so much more fun to celebrate those than to get discouraged thinking of the other.

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  4. Oh, Sally, I’m so sorry about your car! Are you okay...other than the insurance issues?

    Your post definitely touches me this year. 2019 has been an amazing year......but not for my writing. Thank you for the reminder to celebrate what I have accomplished toward my writing goals.....one contest, editing class, online conference....yes, there are reasons to celebrate!

    Praying your car situation works out!

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    1. Yes, Sherida, I am okay. No bumps, bruises, or soreness. Insurance worked out nicely, and I now have a newer, better car.
      Celebrating what you have accomplished! Definite reasons to celebrate.
      Thank you so much for the prayers! They worked!

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  5. OMGoodness, Sally! I'm so glad you're okay! that's a close call. Thank you for the reminder that we need to celebrate even the little things we accomplished over the year, especially when the past year may have felt like there were more failures than wins. Sometimes, just showing up and writing a couple of pages is a win! Or, doing a load of laundry, lol.

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    1. Laurie, celebrating the little things puts everything else in perspective. Whenever a load of laundry gets done, that is a definite win!

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  6. Yes! Focus on what we DID accomplish! Thanks, Sally, for reminding us how important and affirming that can be.

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    1. Hi Dawn! Yes, just like that song Count Your Blessings. Name them one by one.

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  7. I loved the idea of focusing on the positive. Wonderful post as always, Sally.

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    1. Hi Terri! Thanks so much! I so appreciate you letting me blog here!

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  8. Sally I am thankful that you always see the glass as half-full. I know that your encouragement stems from experience itis not just words. I hope as you encourage others you are encouraged. Adopting you ideas let's press into the new year with fresh detèrmination.

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