Snow and Gratitude
Just about to mid-April, and yesterday, we ended up under a Winter Weather Advisory. Ugh! More snow. Yuck! But I hear there are a ton of places dealing with the same so I can’t complain too much. Especially since we ended up with only an inch. I’m just ready for spring. Real spring.
It’s funny how things can change. I used to love fall and spring then winter and summer would follow in that order. I used to hate summer. I do not like hot and humid. BUT… things have certainly changed up. Summer is my new fav followed by spring then fall and winter. I HATE being cold. Gotta say since I’ve lost some 110 lbs, I am cold all the darn time. Can’t say that’s a deterrent to keeping off the weight though. I like being active, feeling healthy and having cute clothes too much, LOL. Plus, it's taken me three and a half years to get here, so I have my heels dug in, you know?
I promise, I’m not spending this whole blog complaining. I have too many things I’m grateful for. It’s interesting… When you start a practice of gratitude, things certainly take on a brighter hue. I’m not saying that warm days and sunshine don’t regularly make my list. And coffee… It’s a regular visitor to my 10 daily gratitudes list.
You may recognize this if you’re a Rachel Hollis* follower, but every day, I write 10 things I’m grateful for then follow it with ten dreams for the future (things that will make my best life a reality). EXCEPT I don’t call them dreams. I call them future reality. It makes things more concrete you know. There’s a big difference between dreams and reality. Even Rachel will tell you WORDS MATTER. (*Rachel Hollis is the author of NYT bestselling books Girl Wash Your Face and Girl Stop Apologizing)
As a writer, I couldn’t agree more. Words have power. Gosh, in my life, words are everything, my way of life.
You should try it. Listing your gratitudes and dreams/realities. Write them every day. Life. Changing. I’ve been doing this practice for nearly two years, and it truly does alter your mindset. I’d certainly love to hear from you if you do this too. Tell me how it’s affected you.
Is there anything you’d like to have me chat about on the blog? Any questions you have? I’d also love to have you write and let me know.
Now about a book. You didn’t think I’d end the blog without talking about a book, did you?
Today, I’m talking about Heart of Ice. This book was originally part of one of my brain children projects: an anthology called Not Quite Wicked. For many many years, I mused about villains and thought: what if they weren’t really that bad? What if they were misunderstood? What if they were pigeonholed or framed by someone/something?
That was where the anthology came from. Three other authors joined me to write their Not Quite Wicked stories, too. To my knowledge, Heart of Ice is the first to be rereleased. I’ve made some slight changes to it, but nothing so drastic that someone should repurchase it if they already have the story.
Heart of Ice is the story of the Snow Queen and Kai. The Snow Queen fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson has always been one of my favorite stories. It seems to be a given that I'd write her story. The picture here is actually my copy of the story, the one I fell in love with when I was little.
Of course, my version of the story is decidedly more grown up. In fact, it’s a teeny bit Fifty Shades, even though it was originally released years before that famous trilogy. Trust me, really, it's just a wee bit kinky but not over the top. Kai is one of the book boyfriend heroes who makes me a little swoony.
I hope you have a great WARM day filled with romance!