December is for celebrating

by +CrystalThieringer    @cdthieringer

coffee heart 2This morning as I sit drinking my latte at Bridgehead, I am feeling grateful. So much has happened for me this year–and I realize I’m feeling more settled than I have in quite some time.

This year, I tried to live a large life, and as 2014 dwindles down my list of blessings continues to grow. First, there were three new books published this fall, all of which had my short stories in them. How exciting! It may not have happened if a friend hadn’t encouraged me on a day I just finished reminding myself of my personal verse. 

And it may not have happened if not for the new friends I made because of My 500 Words–a Facebook group that started with a January challenge of 500 words a day. From that challenge, I’ve developed friendships with three amazing women. Tonia, the encourager. Roslynn, the nurturer. Carolyn, the giver. I’ve learned from them. I’ve grown because of them.

It has also been a year of releasing things–and that’s something that is so hard for me to do. But I can see, now that time has passed, the severing was necessary. Someone commented recently how healthy I look, and asked me what I had done differently. The answer is that I chose new battles. It’s excruciating for me to let some things go. And yet, I’ve no doubt now I made the right decisions. I believe God uses defining moments to propel us forward, even though that motion seems impossible at the time. nameless-amazon

It’s been a year of celebrating my friends. Joelle and John, the other half of our favourite quartet. A special teacher. A mentor, and then another one.  Hugs from children, a baby born on my birthday, a grand-nephew due any day now.

And more celebrating. One of my friends debuted her novel yesterday.  Her online launch party was great fun, and A.C. Williams has promised to do an interview with me soon. I’ve featured her on the blog before, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.

No doubt about it…life is grand.

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, today is Giving Tuesday. One of my friends gave me an online hug. Big or small–what can you give today?

6 thoughts on “December is for celebrating

  1. And I’ve grown because of you, dear friend. And your example of releasing and choosing different battles and living a large life have formed me this year more than you know. Thank YOU for your gifts that you bestow daily.

    1. See, Ros? The nurturer. Your friendship has enriched my life. So glad we connected.

  2. Life IS grand, and I was just saying so to another friend today. So glad to have made the connection to you and the others at My 500 Words. This year has been amazing in so many ways and I feel grateful for all the blessings which have come my way. Now I’ll go give hugs to others 🙂

    1. Hugs are very effective gifts! So glad you stopped by, Denise. I’m learning much from you.

  3. I am grinning all over myself–at your accomplishments in what has undeniably been a banner year. I’m also, as one of your “Three Kings of Orient Are” (AKA your West Coast fanbase of love and support) thrilled and happy to be classed in such good company supporting the work of a writer I esteem so much i.e. YOU. I cherish that we met this year and look forward to seeing what you do next. Lovely post. I’m glowing with Christmas Cheer.

    1. Haha, West Coast fanbase. Gotta love that! You are an inspiration, Tonia.

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