I Totally Missed It

Contelli'sDraftYou’re supposed to remember the dates of big anniversaries.

I didn’t.

I totally missed it.

Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the publication of my novel. It wasn’t even a blip on my radar; I am wrapped up in other things and didn’t take a moment to reflect on the last year.

Anniversaries are for remembering. For reflecting on what has happened since you embarked on whatever it was: marriage, children, jobs, schools, a project come to fruition, etc.

I’m still the same old person I used to be (and I do mean old). I go about my daily routines in the same way I always did. I take care of my family, make lunches, teach courses, go out with friends, attend sporting events, and see my family regularly. Not much has changed, really.

Except for one thing: I set a goal, and I attained it. I am satisfied. From the time I was in high school, I said to myself, “Someday I will publish something. I will put a story out there.”

I encourage all people with dreams to never stop dreaming. Set your goals, and work toward achieving them. Whether you self-publish a novel or get a publisher; whether you run a marathon or do a 5K run fundraiser; whether you take swing dance courses or cooking classes and learn new steps or create a masterpiece cake.

This is me holding my draft copy of the novel. See how I'm in absolute disbelief that I finally finished the thing?
One year ago…

On this one-year anniversary, I’m glad I can say I did it. And, hopefully, within the year, I will say I did it again.

One little goal at a time.

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