Gratitude and Rest

The holidays always seem to put people in a reflective mood, and I am exactly that kind of sap! So if you want hardened writing advice for the next few weeks, you are out of luck.

The holidays are upon us and this year, I have so much to be grateful for.

No joke, my gorgeous blog readers, I have had the best personal and professional year of my life: We built basically a new house in a four-month renovation; my son, Theo, continues to be a daily joy; I got back to conference speaking, which was always a deep love for me; I was lucky enough to work with over 300 talented freelance editorial clients, and they continue to sign with agents and sell books and otherwise made me very proud; and we started on the journey to expand our family.

A baby girl is joining us in December. Terrible time of year to meet the ol’ health insurance deductible, of course, but we couldn’t be happier! This was the year that all my dreams came true, honestly.

I’m taking some time away in December to do the newborn thing again, but I am one of those terrible people who can’t sit still, so I will have a limited slate of clients continuing with me. The blog may be a bit quieter, or my updates might happen at 2 a.m. Who knows?! After that, it’s back to business as usual in January, helping writers everywhere make their dreams come true for 2018!

I’ll send out an email blast once I’m back to scheduling my regular slate of clients, so if you’d like periodic updates, sign up in the sidebar.

Happy Holidays to you and yours, and I wish you blessings and joy this season. Now let’s eat some pie.

24 Replies to “Gratitude and Rest”

  1. Sandy Perlic says:

    Congratulations on all of the good things that have happened this year, especially your new baby! Enjoy your time with family over the holidays.

  2. So happy the hear this has been a good year, and congrats on the new family member! You deserve some much-needed rest.

  3. Dear Mary,
    Your blog is a real treat and I always look forward to it dropping into my inbox.
    Have a wonderful holiday season with your growing family.

  4. Such wonderful news, Mary! Congratulations to the whole family and best wishes for a creative new year. Mary Z.

  5. Congrats, Mary! So thrilled for you. I’m sure you have much to be thankful for this season.

  6. Mary McClellan says:

    Congratulations! Enjoy your rest while you can. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!!

  7. Linda Koch says:

    Congratulations, Mary. Have a wonderful holiday.

  8. I’m glad to hear it’s been a great year. You have been busy. A baby girl -Congratulations!!! Have fantastic holiday season!

  9. Alice Fleury says:

    How exciting. Congratulations. I always look forward to your posts. Take your time after your daughter arrives. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas.

  10. Congratulations! Wow, I hope you have a great month off and things go smoothly. It sounds like a wonderful winter ahead for you. Wishing wellness to you and your family!

  11. Congratulations on the new baby!

    Love this post because it’s all about positives in real life.

    Sometimes writers get so bogged in the writing part that they forget to enjoy real life!

    Enjoy your time off!

  12. Robin Claire says:

    Mary, that’s fantastic. Joyful news and I love your sense of gratitude. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Dianne Caplin says:

    Congratulations Mary. Enjoy your holidays as you welcome your new bundle of joy!

  14. Debbie Barsotti says:

    You’re happiness shines through my computer screen- as do your wit and wisdom in all things writer-ly!
    Wishing you and your family happiness and beautiful moments.

  15. Angie Quantrell says:

    Congratulations on all fronts! Adorable! Have a blessed time with your growing family. 🙂

  16. I look forward to each new post by you via email notification. I rarely comment, but always read. You have had an incredible year! I’m thrilled for you. And YAY, a new baby! A December baby, too. I have one of those. It’s a special time of year and this event makes it even more so. All the best for health and prosperity for you and your growing family. <3

  17. Congratulations! Enjoy your family and home.

  18. Mary, congratulations on the new addition to your family! Have a wonderful holiday season!

  19. Jean Abrunzo says:

    Mary, thanks for sharing your wonderful news and heartfelt gratitude. It was great to read. Congratulations and warmest wishes to you and your family and continued blessings in the coming year.

  20. Congratulations!! Enjoy your well-earned rest before your new arrival comes…

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