by Cathryn Parry
We returned home from our national romance writers’ conference this past Sunday, where I was blessed to give a workshop with a longtime writer-buddy, Harlequin Presents author Dani Collins.
Our presentation was titled, “The Joy of Writing—With or Without a Contract.” And though we practiced our timing beforehand, when it came to presenting “live,” we ran out the clock before covering our last bits of material.
The topic I missed discussing was “the benefits of cultivating an attitude of gratitude.” Here is a snippet from my notes:
If you want to raise your mood, the fastest way I know is to count your blessings. Get out a journal and make a list. Think large and small. Write, “I’m grateful for…” Make an inventory of the blessings in your life.
Dr. Wayne Dyer writes, “Stay in a state of gratitude and awe. Go on a rampage of appreciation for all that you have, and all that you observe. Gratitude is the tenth step in every ten-step program for manifesting your intentions, because it is the surest way to stop the incessant inner dialogue that leads you away from joy. You can’t feel stressed and appreciative at the same time.”
So, now that I’m back from conference, I’d like to list a few things that I was grateful for:
I’m grateful for my good friends, old and new, that I got to reconnect with (the best part of the conference!).
I’m grateful for my awesome husband who met me at the airport curb and treated me to a surprise lunch at Legal Seafood.
I’m grateful that I got to dance beside Nora Roberts at the Harlequin party.
|July Superromance Releases|
I’m grateful for the opportunity to meet my awesome editor in person, and that my Superromance “The Long Way Home” won the 2013 Booksellers' Best Award in the long contemporary category (a big surprise!).
I’m grateful for Starbucks coffee to wake me up in the morning after I’ve been up too late partying.
I’m grateful for all the books I got to collect and bring home from conference, to enjoy, share and donate.
I’m grateful to see my own book, a July release, on the shelf at my local Walmart.
|Out of His League|
This week, I’m giving away a copy of that July release,“Out of His League,” a romance set in Boston with a professional baseball-pitcher hero and an anesthesiologist heroine.
Just leave a comment about something that you’re grateful for, and I’ll use a random-number generator to choose a winner, posted on Saturday. Good luck!
Cathryn Parry is a life-long baseball fan. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Lou, and her neighbor's cat, Otis. Please visit her website at www.CathrynParry.com.