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2014 Reasons to be thankful

2014 Reasons to be thankful
When I reflect on this past year, I’m imbued with an overwhelming sense of gratitude.   I have so much to be grateful for, and when I count it all up, it surpasses 2014. I have a loving God, my health, a wonderful husband, a great place to live, an income, a passion, and family and friends who love me, and so much more.   On the career front, this time ten years ago, I was vacillating over whether or not to self-publish my debut novel, Daughter Denied. I couldn’t pay an agent to represent me. Daughter Denied was self-published in 2008 and within the past year, I acquired literary representation, have written five novels, three of which have been published. I became a recipient of the Jesse Redmon Fauset Fiction Literary award for my indie novel, Four Ladies Only, and I’ve had several novels on Amazon’s bestsellers list. In October, my play Sacrificing Simone opened to sold out audiences, and in November I completed a new novel in a new genre—new adult literary suspense. My fan base is growing and my book sales are steadily increasing. I have a lot t...
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It's a Great Day to be Grateful

It's a Great Day to be Grateful
    “Maybe you’re just like my mother. She’s never satisfied.” If you know anything about Prince, you’ll recognize the aforementioned line from his song “When Doves Cry.” A conversation with a co-worker this morning made me think about this lyric. Prince has a point. Like the mother in “When Doves Cry,” oftentimes we’re never satisfied. I took a moment today to assess my gratitude level. Do I have more ‘tude than gratitude? Do I whine, complain, and roll my eyes at the least of inconveniences? If I get honest with myself, on a gratitude scale of one to ten, I’m probably a five. That number surprised me, because I actually thought I was a very grateful person. But when I reflected on my overall attitude, I’m really just a five and that’s unacceptable. God has truly blessed me and that’s no cliché. It’s real. Twenty years ago, I was living in a one room dive, driving a hooptie, and working for minimum wage. I spent most of my days thinking about myself and what I was gonna wear to the club and who was gonna buy me a drink. I was disconnected from God ...
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