Wow! Let me just tell you I was not going to post today--honest. I needed a break to finish some things and spend some time with the kiddos to clear my head. I had another post ready to go and I was going to post it today instead of Friday and take Friday off but something blew me away.
As you know I was a complete downer on Monday. I have had my moments as we all have and this journey will be no picnic but something happened this week something that should have not surprised me so much because deep down I felt it all along.
When I decided to pursue putting my work "out there" with the hopes of getting published I never knew I would meet the most inspirational and supportive group of people. Quite frankly, I didn't know what I would find.
After posting on Monday and emailing one of my CP's in my desperate hour, I received the best feeling of inspiration and support I could ever ask for-- the comments that flooded in, the inspirational poems and quotes that were posted on blogs brought tears to my eyes. To be quite honest, I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe that so many people who have never met face to face could show so much compassion for someone they barely knew all because I posted my feelings. I will say it again --I was blown away.
Yesterday, I was quite honored to receive a new award developed by E. Elle. Go check out her site because she writes awesome posts. The Sure Fire Winner Award.
Below is what is posted on E. Elle's blog:
The description: Sure Fire Winner Award: an award to be given to a fellow writer who is staring down the barrel of writer's misery. We all need a little bump once in a while, a reminder that we've been given this gift for a reason and we don't have deep-seeded desires to put ourselves through such torture without good cause.
1) You can only bestow this honor on one fellow writer at a time.
2) You can only pass it on to someone who has shown signs of recent struggle.
3) You do not have to have received it to pass it on.
4) When you pass it on, you must provide a word or two of encouragement to the receiver.
5) As awesome as this award is, you can't write a post with the intention or hope of getting this award. I mean, we struggle, yes, but we aren't needy.
6) When you receive this award, you have to state one positive thing about your writing ability. After all, the best kind of encouragement is the kind that comes from within ourselves.
So E.Elle thank you for this. It has made the sun shine on my journey and made me realize that I have not only have such amazing supporters but I having an amazing group of friends. I will not quit and I will support those who have 'one of those days' in the best way I can. So I promise not to be so down and if I do get this way I know you will listen, slap some sense into me and then I will look at this award to remind me of all you great people out there.
O.k. so I guess I have to pass this along to someone else. I really would love to pass it on to so many of you because as I floated around the blogging world on Monday it seemed everyone was in the same boat. But I have to pick one so this award goes to Kelly from Kelly's Compositions. Kelly was having the same feelings as me last week. She is always there when I need her and she has pushed me to keep going before the whole blogging thing started. Kelly you are an amazingly talented writer and I know you will go far. You can do it Kelly!
The positive thing about my writing ability--I can express my feelings better when I write than when I talk. The post on Monday seems to prove that. It helps you guys understand me and-- well --writing just completes me.
I printed out my first draft and just staring at the stack of papers makes me smile. I actually completed it and it can only get better --right? ;) I think I just made this whole week --inspiration and support week!
Before I go I wanted everyone to know that I read all your comments. I don't always get around to addressing them in the comment box. So sorry about that --I'm trying to divide my time. I do read each and every one. Thanks!
I will post again on Monday but look out because I will be commenting. Have a great weekend!