Emerge Unstoppable in 2011!

Emerge Unstoppable in 2011! That's my mission this year. Join me as I blog about life during divorce, raising a three year old, and the fight to live one's dream of being a writer, a graphic designer, a prayerfully a success at it all.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wisdom (from chocolate) Wednesday - Celebrate Life!

Sometimes I feel like such a fraud sharing tidbits of wisdom with you, especially when it comes to things like celebrating your own life. But I realized this morning that in my attempt to reach you, I am really reaching out to me. Sounds crazy, yes, but does it make sense? How often have you offered advice knowing full well that you don’t practice what you preach (but you want to)?

Well, here I am on another Wednesday, my heart in my hand, telling you what I need to hear. Are you ready?

The more you praise and celebrate your life the more there is in life to celebrate. – Love, Dove

Yes, you read it right. Insight from a piece of chocolate. Dark chocolate with almonds in this case.
The marketers at Dove are pure genius just like the folks who decided to put stuffed animals on the lowest shelves in the store to attract little ones. Who wouldn’t keep buying bags of chocolates when shown the path to enlightenment, individuality, joy? I certainly do. Every time I visit the grocery store I shyly make my way to the candy isle knowing I can’t afford another calorie, but longing for a tiny bit of something to keep me inspired, moving through life with hope instead of desperation. Off soap box, back on ground.

Think about who you are, really. I publicize myself as a writer. Have I been published? Yes, in many ways, but I have yet to sell a novel. Does that stop me from reveling in the fact that I’m a writer? Heck no! It’s on my business cards. I’m a writer. A PRO. No longer a hobbyist in my field, but someone willing to go the extra distance it takes to finish, revise, develop a platform, build an audience, and market, market, market. I’m happy to celebrate that little piece of me and in doing so hope that one day I can celebrate publishing a novel. Put it out there so it comes back tenfold. That’s the message.

My good friend and critique partner, Pam Asberry shared a smart little video in her blog this week that made me realize how necessary it is to look at life differently (from the opposite). Little ways to get inspired and celebrate who we are and the lives we live.

Back on soap box…As humans I think it’s easy to forget how to celebrate, as Americans I believe we’re cursed with believing we’ll never achieve to our highest ability so there’s nothing to celebrate. The American Dream has morphed from a two bedroom one bath house, with a car in the driveway, two kids and a pet into McMansions, cars for each member of the family and sixteen hour workdays to support it all. With all of this, who has time to party? And, when did we lose sight of the little things that need celebrating?

My Aunt’s brother Don has been suffering the ills of cancer for what seems like forever and yesterday after a long wait he endured the surgery to replace all of his organs. Yep, you heard me right – ALL. Don’t you think when Don wakes up he’s going to rejoice in his life? Why should we wait for such dire circumstances when we have minutes and hours each day to revel in the little things?

So, here’s your challenge for today – be your curse heartache, a huge mortgage, illness, addiction, six kids in college, or a job that works your fingers to the bone – take the afternoon off from your brand of crazy and enjoy yourself! See things from another direction. Take in this gorgeous spring day! See what you can learn from the triumphs and the tragedies! Laugh with your kids and family! Celebrate you!

Diane Ackerman once said, “I don’t want to be a passenger in my own life.” I think, just for today, I will follow her lead and direct my head strong locomotive right where I want it to go, to a party just for me, just because.

Until tomorrow, I will party and work myself crazy in order to remain Unstoppable.


  1. Lindy, you've done it again. It's okay to tell us what you need to hear, because we need to hear it, too! You may not be a published novelist yet, but you will be! In the meantime, you are definitely the heroine in your own life, and you inspire us all to be. And thanks for the shout-out! Now, I'm going to spend an hour working on my novel revision, and reward myself with some time in the sunshine. I have MUCH to be thankful for.

  2. I miss you today, my friend. My Wednesday feels a little off without you and Pamela here. As you head out into the sunshine later today please, please don't forget the chocolate. Thank you for your moving comment. Lindy

  3. I miss ya'll too! Whose great idea was it to take off today? Oh...yes...that would be me.
    Well! Dove Chocolates are truly inspiring, in more ways than one. Just as I look through the fortune cookies for the winning lottery numbers, I seek wisdom in Dove and horoscopes and scripture... covering all my bases.
    You know I'm going to celebrate this weekend. What I did to deserve to celebrate I don't know, but I'm doing it anyway. On another's blog I shared the losses our family has suffered via hurricanes, careless drivers, the economy's whims, age and disease. Japan has given me a new worry wrinkle... you never know when the earth will rattle and you're looking for surviving family, never know when you say goodbye in the morning if your loved ones will return to you intact.
    You get it Lindy.
    Thanks for the reminder!

  4. Thanks Pamela. In an age where the media inundates us with information, and the worries of the world fall on our shoulders, celebrating ourselves is critical. Have fun celebrating this weekend! Smooches.

  5. Make my Dove the dark chocolate! But, as a reminder, don't just gulp it down. Be sure to savor it and celebrate it. You deserve it and the isofavones are good for you....

  6. Thanks Julee. That's a good point and a healthy reminder for all of us girls.