Tuesday, July 23, 2013


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.


Mary Preston said...

I'm grateful for every kindness that comes my way.

I'm grateful for the rain & the sunshine to follow. My garden loves this one too.

I'm always grateful for family.

Books are a given, aren't they?

Laney4 said...

Years ago, Oprah had us start "grateful journals", by writing down 5 things each day for which we were grateful. I did so, but eventually quit writing them, as I was (and still am) thinking every day of dozens of examples.
I've been up for almost an hour now, and I'm grateful for (1) not having a sore back (as oftentimes happens when I get more than 7 hrs of sleep these days); (2) the sun is shining (and it just makes me feel more alive); (3) my husband is off work today; (4) we have a running car (don't ask); and (5) I have paid work to do today (as I'm self-employed, and during the summer my income is sporadic).
Hope everyone has a WONDERFUL day today....

Anonymous said...

I am grateful for my husband and daughter, my friends and books!

mary sullivan said...

What a wonderful post, Cathryn!

I'm grateful for a roof over my head and food to eat every day.

I'm grateful for friends and family.

I'm grateful for libraries that supply great books for free for everyone!

Kathleen O said...

I am grateful for all the wonderful people I have in my life. Who love me with all the love I give them..

I am grateful for a home and food that I have.

I am grateful that I wake each day knowing that I am alive.

And I am very grateful for all of the wonderful authors who have brought me such great reading pleasure since the first day I picked up a book as a child...

Cathryn Parry said...

Mary P, that is beautiful! Yes, books are a given! :-) And I am also grateful for the rain today. My husband picked blueberries in the rain, and he said it felt wonderful!

Cathryn Parry said...

Laney, I remember Oprah's "grateful journals" too--such a good idea! I hope you have a wonderful day! :-)

Cathryn Parry said...

Hi Tammy, those are great things to be grateful for! :-)

Cathryn Parry said...

Hi Mary S,

Yes, and I just discovered how to borrow library books for the Kindle, too. I think it's wonderful! Have a great day!

Cathryn Parry said...

Hi Kathleen O,

"I am grateful for all the wonderful people I have in my life. Who love me with all the love I give them.."

--That is so beautiful! I'm sending hugs to you. Thank you for commenting today. :-)

Snookie said...

I am grateful that I have a roof over my head and food to eat.

penney said...

I'm grateful for the on line store Harlequin, here in LA county most all the walmart some harlequin books but only in another launage I've ask them to get some in and they never do so when I buy mine it's on their eHarlequin site. I love the superromances.

Kaelee said...

It's always good to count your blessings. This reminds me of a sign I saw on a church's outdoor bulletin board. Get Rich Quick! Count Your Blessings.

This year has been a hard one for my extended family but through it all I did try to count my blessings.

Latest blessing ~ While I was outside today, a dragonfly landed on my arm. I raised my arm slightly and was looking it in the eye. I could hear chomping noises and looked closer. I could see a bug disappearing into it's mouth. One of my cats jumped up near me and the dragonfly flew away. I will probably never have this experience again.

Fedora said...

That is a lot to be grateful for, Cathryn! I'm most especially grateful for the lovely summer days, not having to pack school lunches (at least for another month), my wonderful husband, my (sometimes lovely) kids, and the TBR :) I'm blessed indeed!

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