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Monday Mayhem – Shake it up!

Posted on Feb 13, 2017 by Maggie Wells   6 Comments | Posted in Blog

So…life took a couple of turns for me last week. I turned the first book in the new Play Dates (Kensington/Lyrical 2017-2018) series in to my editor, and, I turned in my two-week notice at the day job.

While I’d love to say I’ll be writing for a living, that’s not the case…yet. What it came down to was the need to make a choice for happiness. And, extreme caffeination. For that reason, I chose to try something new. I’m going to work for our local Coca-Cola distribution center.

As Fodder pointed out, the only job that might have been a better fit for me would be some sort of quality assurance for at Steak ‘n Shake. 😉 Mm. Steakburgers. *sigh* A girl can dream.

This is another big step for me, but one that I think really highlights my evolution through my 40s. I went into this decade of my life with a lot of “somedays” in the back of my head. You know the kind. They sound a lot like, “Someday, I’ll write a book.”

My adventures in publishing have given me so much more than a sense of personal accomplishment. I’ve had to learn to accept and embrace criticism and rejection. I don’t like either of those two, but I can deal with it. And because I can, I now have the courage to make choices based on my potential for happiness.

The main thing I’ve learned in this decade is that life is too short. There’s no guarantee that you’ll ever see Someday. All we have is THIS day.

So, do something risky today. It doesn’t have to be big, or life altering, or even thrilling. Just take a chance, make a leap, do something that makes this day different from all the others. If it doesn’t work out the way you hoped, try something else.

Life is a series of chances, not a one-and-done.

The only true failure in life is the failure to make an attempt.

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6 Responses to "Monday Mayhem – Shake it up!"

  1. Comment by Brinda
    February 13, 2017 at 7:28 am  

    Happiness for the win…
    Congrats on book and life accomplishments!! <3

  2. Comment by Julie Evelyn Joyce
    February 13, 2017 at 9:09 am  

    Awesome post, Mags. I’m so glad you’re taking this chance and making a big change. I think amazing things are in store for you, my friend! *hugs*

  3. Comment by Nancy
    February 13, 2017 at 9:12 am  

    Congratulations! What wonderful good news.

  4. Comment by Michelle Kelly
    February 13, 2017 at 10:27 am  

    Great advice! Congratulations on taking a chance and a leap forward.

  5. Comment by Laurie
    February 13, 2017 at 11:13 am  

    Happiness first and foremost is what’s important. Here’s to taking that step. *Cheers with Diet Coke*

  6. Comment by Carol
    February 13, 2017 at 4:20 pm  

    It does sound like a dream job! Sort of like me landing a job with Hershey’s. (Hee, or at a library…) So glad you found Someday! All the best, always!

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