It’s been a while since I’ve written in any of my blogs. I’m not quite sure why I abandoned them, but I know now that writing is the direction I’m taking in the New Year.

I like to do so many things. I love graphic design. I love jewelry design. Yet, I also love to express myself and my own particular point of view.  I invested in an education in graphic design, yet – not being able to find work sorta threw a wet blanket onto to that aspiration. I love designing and making jewelry, but it is time consuming and very hard, in this economy, to really make a go of it.  I value my jewelry far more than others are willing to pay.

I always wanted to be a writer. But something inside of me, perhaps some early negative programming, continued to harbor self-doubt. While I always felt self-confident in the variety of managerial jobs I’ve had in my life, somehow – I never felt I was “good” enough to be a writer – in a formal sense.

And yet, I’ve had some remarkable people tell me that I need to write more.

I woke up one morning, after reading a book on how we make our own luck and how networking was an important avenue to creating more opportunities.

Opportunities = Luck.

I made the decision that I would join a local writers group, if there was one in my area. I needed to be around other writers if I was to pursue and develop my writing skills.   What Luck!  As fate would have it, I found a writers group in my local area that just happened to be meeting that very day! It was 12:15pm when I found the information and discovered they were meeting at 1pm. The location was only about 5 minutes away, so I decided to take advantage of this opportunity.  I quickly changed from my usual house cleaning garb and scurried to the meeting.

I was greeted by about 10 writers. The astounding thing is, they are all published writers, some having written several mystery/thriller novels. Most of them are working on new novels, and they read parts of the current chapters they’re working on. Friendly, constructive critiques followed each reading. This is exactly where I need to be.

As a newbie guest, not much for me to do but listen. One rule of the group is that new comers must visit 2 meetings, and read something new they have written at the 3rd meeting, before final acceptance into the group.

The next meeting, however, was to be their annual luncheon – a break from their usual agenda. The “assignment” was to be a short, 500 word story, the topic Christmas. After being encouraged to attend, I inquired about whether I could contribute a story, even though it would only be my second meeting.  Being given the OK, I really got excited about writing something to share with the group.

I wrote a little story about a woman who decided to put up a Christmas Tree after not having one for 20 years. Let me say, that for me to condense a story to 500 words proved to be difficult. It ultimately ended with a little over 600 words, but I was very happy with it.  And it seems, so were they.  Even though I hadn’t written a short story in quite a while nor ever read something out loud to a group for many years, I was nervously excited to share my contribution. After reading it I was heartily applauded.

Whether they liked it or not, and were just being polite, I don’t know for sure. One thing I do know, however, is that I need more applause for some of the things I do. It really feels good.

Everybody needs more applauding for the things they do, especially when they do things well. Realizing that made going to the luncheon one of the most important events of my life. A true gift of the season. One I can easily give to my family and friends. Applause. There’s nothing more positive than acknowledging someone’s job well done. No matter how large or small.

A good friend of mine, who’s read a lot of my stories – has encouraged me to write more. That I have something worthwhile to say that others may benefit from.

So, my New Year is going to be very different from this one and the many others I entered without a sense of direction or purpose. I’m going to dance my way into 2010 knowing exactly what I’m striving to accomplish. It’s exciting. And I haven’t felt this excited in a very long time.

I’m feeling very lucky. And I’m wishing you all a Wonderful New Year being applauded for all the fantastic things you do.

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