|My contributions for this year's Thanksgiving feast.|
Happy Thanksgiving, my fellow American readers. To everyone else, happy Thursday -- and I sincerely hope it's a great one.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. For one, it signifies the kick-off of the Christmas season, which is a magical time of year. With all of the Christmas lights, trees and sentimental music and movies playing non-stop, it's hard not to feel a little festive (unless I'm having one of those unfortunate bad days).
Thanksgiving also means spending time with my family eating some of my favorite foods. I have pumpkin and pecan pies cooling, and a caramel apple pie baking in the oven as we speak, and I'm getting hungry.
But most importantly, Thanksgiving is a time of year when we pause to think about our blessings. It's something I should do more often, but it's great to have a day to pause and remember.
I have so much to be thankful for this year. I have a wonderful family and friends. The cats and I are settled into a new home. We're thankful for the windows that give us natural lighting and the space for them to run around and play.
I am thankful to have not one but two publishers sharing my stories with the world this year. Becoming a published author has been a dream of mine for as long as I could read and write -- maybe even longer. I realize how blessed I am to have this opportunity. It's important to take a moment from the nerves and frenzy of marketing campaigns, drafts and more to remember how fortunate I am.
My books wouldn't be possible without the support I've received from friends. Some of you beta read and critiqued my stories, which made them better. Others have been there to offer encouragement. I have a job that supports me while I pursue this dream. With it comes co-workers who are probably more excited than I am about all of this.
I'm a very thankful girl this Thanksgiving. And whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving, I still want you to know how much I appreciate you. This is a journey, and it would be lonely without such great company.
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