For as difficult as this year has been, I am taking a moment to appreciate it.
Right now, as I type, I am sat in bed with a laptop on my knee and the love of my life sleeping beside me; our cat in the other room, no doubt curled up on a chair by the bookcases I built.
I get to work on my writing – easily considered the second love of my life, though I discovered it first.
Really, truly, I love my job and my life.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that, when I get absorbed by projects and the stress that follows. But quiet, peaceful moments like this make it all worth it.
So what if I’m over 5,000 words behind in my word count for NaNoWriMo? I am right where I’m supposed to be.
As little as three years ago, I had no such contentment. I’d just gotten out of yet another bad relationship, was still living with my parents, and not getting very far professionally. I was unhappy with my place within organized religion, but feeling like I was helpless to change much about my situation.
If only I’d known I was three months away from meeting my husband and having the happiest months of my life that’s brought levels of personal freedom and confidence in my work I’d never before experienced.
Probably, I wouldn’t have believed it. Which just goes to show, you never know what’s around the corner.