We all have something to be thankful for…life, love, friendship, family, health, peace, joy, freedom, independence, acceptance, satisfaction… The list is endless, and each is a gift. It is so easy to take blessings and miracles in our lives for granted. Thanksgiving is a great time to reign ourselves in, recognize the beauty in our lives, and let it fill our hearts (while we fill our bellies with turkey day deliciousness!).
I’m thankful for family, friends, health, and the freedom and independence to educate myself and to do what I love (and I’m thankful for those who protect and defend this freedom). I’m thankful for all the little things…enchanting moonlight, fiery sunrises, the beauties of nature, hot coffee, blueberry pie, loving husband kisses, and a little smiling face that calls me mummee. I’m thankful for the beautiful days, and I’m even thankful for the hard, painful, gut-wrenching ones because they help me grow and evolve into a stronger, wiser, more passionate person. Every day is a gift and a miracle.
I’ve always loved to write, and I feel blessed that I was able to finish my first novel (a dream 10+ years in the making) and share it with the world. It’s been almost a year since Strega was released. Putting it out into the world has been a scary, wonderful, terrifying, exhilarating experience. Last month, Strega hit 100 ratings on Goodreads, and more than 10,000 people have added Strega to their bookshelves. Thousands of people enter each month’s Goodreads Giveaway, and I get to send signed copies of Strega across the globe. So far, Strega has gone off to winners in Germany, Algeria, Australia, Philippines, Mexico, England, Ireland, India, Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Canada, and the United States. I’ve received amazingly positive reviews from The San Francisco Book Review, Writer’s Digest, ForeWord Reviews, and so many beloved bloggers and readers. I am overflowing with thankfulness!!!
And finally, I am thankful for all the writers and teachers past, present, and future who educate and inspire. I’m a sponge and I can never absorb enough. Last month, I finished Professor Elizabeth Vandiver’s lectures on The Iliad of Homer and The Odyssey of Homer, followed by the heavy hitters themselves – the Iliad & Odyssey. The Odyssey is now my absolute favorite story of all time. It is amazing in every way a story can be amazing. Until now, I’d only ever read or heard fragments of the story, but the Odyssey as a whole blew me away. This month, I finished Vandiver’s lectures on Herodotus, and now I’m onto The Histories by Herodotus, and Professor Jeremy McInerney’s lectures on Ancient Greek Civilization. My inspiration for Book II and III is endless thanks to these amazing professors and pioneering authors of olde.
This turkey day, I wish you full hearts and full bellies. Put the spotlight on all the beautiful things in your life and bask in their glory (as you stuff your face with pie)!
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