As many of you lovely bloggers, authors and friends will know last week I celebrated a birthday. It wasn't a milestone in terms of numbers but in other ways it was monumental and got me thinking about how much has changed during the last twelve months and in some part justified how knackered I've been feeling recently!
First on the list last May was a house move. We didn't move far geographically, but having decided to save as much money as we could and move ourselves, we soon realised that moving at 40 is very different to moving at 20! Throw a major oil leak, dodgy electrics, a rescue kitten and a recurring flood into the equation and you've got yourself a guaranteed recipe for more than a few grey hairs and a hernia!
As it turned out however, none of that really mattered because life was about to get SO much better. First came the Twitter announcement and the #onedayonly submission to Books and The City. Then, a few weeks later, the email inviting me to London, then the offer, the signing, the announcement, the editing, the launch date, the Spring Blogger Evening and the proofreading...
And this time last year not one of these things had happened, not one. Not even the move was on my emotional radar because the vendor had changed his mind about selling! So what I guess I'm trying to say is that I'm an incredibly ordinary person to whom extraordinary things have happened very, very quickly and all because I never gave up.
Since becoming part of the Books and The City family I have met, both literally and virtually, dozens of authors all waiting for that moment when life will change and more often than not feeling desperate that it might never happen, but it will. Believe me. One way or another there is always a way to make your dreams come true. All you have to do is look for those opportunities and never, ever give up.