Friday, August 30, 2013

It's Important To Celebrate The Little Things


When I got my first pass pages for TRANSPARENT, I decided  that I'd start a little—if not kinda silly—tradition. I took my title page, signed it, and then framed it. I felt like a dork, but now that I have this picture above I'm pretty happy I did something small to commemorate the completion of my published (or to-be-published) novels.

Because it's important to remember milestones like this, you know? Now that I've been published for a few months, I've started to realize that the idea is becoming "normal" for me. And when things become normal we sometimes forget how special and BIG and lifetime-goal-reached they once were.

I don't want that to happen to me.

I want to remember this feeling I have right now—as I'm looking at BLINDSIDED all designed and in layout. It's really gonna be a book soon, and that means that I'll technically have a series which is something I didn't expect to have. That's pretty awesome. I can't forget how lucky I am.

It's so easy to forget, isn't it? Once we've accomplished one thing, we so quickly turn to the next goal in sight. We don't look back and see how far we've come. But there's something to be said for looking back now and then, for acknowledging our work and being proud of the journey we've taken.

Today, if you read this, I hope you can take a moment to reflect and be proud of your own journey. No matter where you happen to be along the path.

20 comments:

  1. Aww! What a wonderful idea! Great way to celebrate what you've accomplished!

    Have a great weekend, Natalie!

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  2. Natalie this is so freaking adorable! I love it!

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  3. This is such a cute idea, and a brilliant one. I think it's helpful for our sanity to have visual reminders of how far we've come!

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  4. That's not silly, it's an awesome idea!! I wish I could do it... but I got everything electronically, even the first-pass pages. And also a very good lesson that I've been trying very hard to remember and do--to celebrate the successes and be proud of the accomplishments, whatever they might be. Can't wait for Blindsided!

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  5. Natalie, that is brilliant! I love it, and I'm gonna do it with the self-published proof I just received. Or the cover. Hard to pick :) because you're right--these are milestones we dreamed about but never thought we'd see, and we should remember how that feels :)

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  6. Awesomeness all around. I love that you have the three original Avatar seasons front and center.

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  7. So awesome! I love the pictures. :)

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  8. Good idea, I like it, and thanks for the post I really needed it today.

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  9. A very true sentiment! And I loved seeing the pic, it's so cheery looking. Hope you and your family have a great Labor Day weekend.

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  10. This is fantastic! What a fun idea. I'd love to do this in the future. :)

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  11. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this--what an inspiration.

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  12. What an awesome idea and tradition! I don't blame you for celebrating the little things, and for enjoying the journey as it comes.

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  13. I think this is the coolest idea ever! I love the books you have on your desk. :)

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  14. greate sharing, and obviously wonderful idea, Love your blog. Relaxv.com

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  15. This is a terrific idea! Love it!

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  16. Thanks for that! Something I needed to hear today. And congrats on finishing your THIRD book. :)

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  17. I'm glad you have tradition. Your title pages look wondeful framed.

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