This weekend Canadians will celebrate Thanksgiving and I, for one, have so much to be thankful for. I am very much alive and on so many levels. At lunch I usually go for a walk. Stretch the legs and enjoy the beauty around me. A few blocks down someone put a chalk board along with the chalk out front for their house with a question on it.
“What are you thankful for?”
I have been reading what the general public has jotted down. People are thankful for their families, their friends, their jobs. My response is that I am thankful for the gift of life. There is an urgency now to dive into its depths. I no longer want to hold back so the push is on.
I would like to think that I will arrive with some semblance of eloquence for my life path. Somehow though, I’ve a feeling that it will likely be an awkward entrance that will later smooth over. And that’s cool.
But I know change is coming.
As each day passes I become stronger. I have a plan, sort of, for the year ahead and how it will look. Again, sort of. Its more of what I want to have happen and where I want to see myself in terms of expansion. Stay tuned!
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who’ve followed my ramblings. There is still a boat load of information I need to learn about this blogging thing. Did I perhaps have my Field of Dreams moment in that someone whispered in my ear,
“If you write it they will come!” Not really.
Hmmm. Well so far 237 of you have joined my journey. Then I have my Facebook family that checks in along with a few Tweeters…yes, I am still not very good at that. And a big thank you to all of you!
It has been pointed out to me that as I close in on two years of maintaining this blog that my numbers are actually low and I should be looking into the marketing aspect of all this. But you know the reason I began this blog was to practice the art of writing. And I do believe I have become a better wordsmith as a result of this exercise. This forum has given me the opportunity to express myself. It really is just that simple.
Those of you who have followed for a while will know that I will discuss anything that just happens to be on mind. And I suppose that is the beauty of this thing. I enjoy reading a variety of other blogs as well. Some are very topical in nature. I think I tried that for a time but got a little scattered, though the underlying theme to this blog has been health and wellness.
I know that as I prepare to launch my first book I need to polish up my marketing skills. It is an interesting study actually. And I guess if I am going to make mistakes, might as well be with a memoir that is self-published.
I am looking forward to this process. And, for the record, the one thing I will NEVER say is ‘buy my book.’
I believe anyone who publishes wants their product to do well. Stands to reason, does it not? At the moment I am looking at who my target audience should be. Writing a memoir based on being raised in an abusive home and the effects of that is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. There are some extremely dark moments in the book. So I will continue to do my research and try to make it available in a manner that has a quiet dignity to it.
I just want to be able to let the reading public know ‘I’m here.’
In any case, best I get some work done. To all of you have a fabulous weekend and thank you for sharing in this journey with me.