“Don’t Postpone Joy.” Those were the bumper-sticker words on the car in front of me today. And even though they was printed on pretty purple paper, the message seemed a little ominous.
I assume the owner of the car had good intentions, reminding us that we should do what we love because life could end tomorrow. And that’s an important message— but not necessarily one I feel like reading when I’m stuck a a traffic light on the way to the grocery store! Because sometimes we have to postpone joy. Heading to the supermarket does not bring me joy, but the shopping still needs to get done.
But the sticker did make me think about how often we postpone our dreams, or don’t go after what we want, because the here-and-now makes so many demands on us. Or we’re afraid to pursue what brings us joy, because we know that when something matters a lot, it might hurt if it doesn’t work out.
I was like that with writing for most of my life. From childhood on, I dreamed of being a writer, but it felt so out of reach that I could barely articulate the desire. I didn’t even try to pursue my biggest dream. Not even once. Not even a short story or a scene or anything. Because I was so certain, deep down inside, that I wouldn’t be able to do it.
Until one day I decided not to postpone anymore. And I wrote the first chapter of my first book. And then I wrote another chapter. And another. I was writing and I loved it! I still did a lot of postponing. I gave in to my fears and the demands of my career and put the book away for several years. But that first attempt at fiction eventually became my first book, published by Harlequin two years ago.
So if you are reading this, and you have something that brings you joy that you are afraid to pursue, this blog is for you! Please learn from all of my postponing and recognize that your fears are just that. Fears. And trust me, they’ll be there, bothering you, whether you chase your joy or not, so you might as well go for it! Not because, as that bumper sticker implies, it could all end tomorrow, but because you deserve joy. And who knows? Your dreams may come true in more wonderful ways than you can even imagine!
One of my dreams came true this month with the release of the first book in my new Sierra Legacy series. It’s called Wild Horses and there’s a bit of a theme running through it. Yup, you guessed it! Joy. The heroine has a need to stay safe that gets in the way of pursuing the life she longs for. I hope you read the book, but more than that, I hope you make time for the things that bring you joy!
Please tell us what makes you joyful in the comments below. On Saturday I’ll announce a randomly-selected winner!
And here is some JOYFUL news...
And here is some JOYFUL news...
Fellow Superromance author
Tara Taylor Quinn and I
are taking the Internet by storm
this week to celebrate
the release of our new books!!
Her new book is called
and it looks wonderful...
I can't wait to read it!
You can find the full tour schedule, and links to giveaways,
right here at Prism Book Tours.
And here's where you can find us each day:
March 8th: Prism Book Tours for our grand finale!
There will be fun blog posts, book giveaways, gift cards and more.
Hope to see you on the tour!