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December 15th, 2016 at 03:02 pm

As you know from my last post, I've been stressed out about the MIL coming for Christmas. There is good news, though. No, she's still coming, and No she didn't hit her head and awake with a nicer personality, but I can still dream, right?

I've been mindfully trying to let it go, to push the dark cloud over the holiday season away until she actually arrives, and then to have coping mechanisms and some sort of plan in place.

Letting go seems to be helping.

This week was good. My mom and I volunteered for two days at the local homeless families services nonprofit. We've donated money, household items, and toys to them for years, but this is our first year actually in the building. We helped set up their holiday store.

All of the families they serve come in and shop for free at the store (all donated, new items for babies to teens), they also get decorations and a tree, new winter coats, and a box of food for Christmas dinner. This nonprofit is near and dear to my heart.

Anyway, mom and I sorted donations as they came in and helped set up some of the displays in the store. (The rest were done by volunteers from Express corporate HQ. The people that design the real Express stores came in and designed the rooms to look like stores. It was pretty amazing...)

It was incredibly rewarding. I'm sure I'll do it again next year. So, that 'buzz' of warm fuzzy holiday spirit carried me through this week.

And, in other news...... I'm trying not to be too excited because I know I won't win, but I got a call that my novel is a finalist in a contest sponsored by a branch of the Romance Writers of America!

I'll get more details soon, but my book will go to the final round judges, who are editors at publishing companies and agents. No matter what happens, this has been a nice surprise. It's nice to be a finalist!

UPDATE!

I just got word that my book is a finalist for ANOTHER contest hosted by the Romance Writers of America! So I'm a finalist in two contests!

This is nice and happy news.

9 Responses to “Joy forthcoming...”

  1. Carol Says:

    That is a nice surprise! And your work for the charity sounds rewarding, in a different way!

  2. Kellyb Says:

    That's wonderful news about your book! It must be very gratifying after all the time you spent on it to get such an honor as to be a finalist, and have the opportunity of having editors and other industry folks read it. Congratulations!

  3. patientsaver Says:

    Congrats on the book being a finalist. I would wary, though, if there were any kind of fee involved.

  4. ThriftoRama Says:

    It's not that kind of contest, PS. Nothing sketchy. Reputable! But thanks for looking out for me!

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    How exciting!

  6. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Congratulations! And you have a wonderful plan to delay thinking about MIL until she gets here! There's a saying "don't let negative people live in your head rent-free, kick them out" Smile.

  7. ThriftoRama Says:

    I think that's my new mantra, VS

  8. LuckyRobin Says:

    Is this your new novel? Or a previous one? Exciting.

  9. rob62521 Says:

    Great news on your book. Sounds like you and your mom did some wonderful things. I get you when you talk about stressing out about your MIL. Mine was always finding fault with me. She was angry that DH married me and whenever she could, she would get those little digs in about all my flaws. It was tough to take and I will say made every single holiday stressful for me. Hang in there!

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