What Am I Thankful For This Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving means different things to different people.

Thanksgiving postYes, we could get into all kinds of discussions about celebrating a piece of history that has all sorts of twists and turns.  Certainly we can examine the faults of the Pilgrims and the awful things that happened to the Native Americans.  But I would much rather look at this as a day to celebrate abundance and gratitude.

There are many things for which I am thankful, and today I want to change my usual pace when I post here, and share them with you.

I am thankful that I have my health.

Thankful for my wife and family, and chosen family, whom I love.

I am thankful for my friends.

Despite our horrific President and awful Congress, I am thankful to live in a (still mostly) free country.

I am thankful that I have the opportunities that I do.

For my writing skills and creativity I am extremely thankful.

For the abundant Universe and ability to employ Consciousness to Create Reality, I am enormously thankful.

Last, but certainly not least, I am thankful for you, for reading these words and helping me achieve my dreams.

We live in interesting times, arguably in the sense of the classic Chinese curse.  But we have the ability to choose what to make of the world we live in.  Each of us has the ability to build an amazing life.  We are empowered to do far more than we usually acknowledge.  I don’t know that I can completely express my gratitude for that.

Thanksgiving ThankfulOn this Thanksgiving, I strive to be truly grateful for all the amazing people and things in my life.  Though this can be challenging sometimes, it is important.  I want to thank you for coming along on this journey with me.

Thank You!

How Do I Earn a Living This Way?

I want to earn a living wage through writing.

Yet for most of my life, I have been told that this is a pipe dream.  Various people have told me that to earn money as an author is tricky at best.  I should be realistic.  It’s important I recognize that I still need to hold down a day job.  Most writers never earn enough to make their living off this.

MJ BlehartI do know a number of other writers who have day jobs.  They do something that earns them their primary salary, and the writing is a side-gig, but still their true passion.  There is no doubt in my mind that to write for money is not easy.

I have had two short stories published in anthologies by a small press.  There are multiple novels I have placed on Amazon in both book and Kindle form, covering the genres of fantasy, sci-fi/Steampunk, humorous autobiographical narrative, and a hard-to-define fiction akin to the work of Paulo Coelho.  I sell a few here and there, but my monthly earnings at best currently might buy me a single meal at a decent restaurant.

Because I firmly believe that Consciousness Creates Reality, I am certain that I can manifest the life I want.  I’ve never been meant to work in an office space.  Frankly, working in an office frequently goes badly for me.  I am simply not a very good drone.

Perfect example.  At a job years ago, they told us that if we had suggestions for improvements to make them.  Well, I did.  They didn’t want to hear it.  Wasn’t long before I was out.

Focus and concentration are required to earn this way.

While it is important to develop tools to better market what I have already published, and to that end I read a bunch and partake in webinars.  But for me, the real matter is maintaining my focus and concentration.  Eyes on the prize, as they say, if I want to get there.

More than once I have consciously created the reality I desired through focus on no other outcome but success at my goal.  I defied odds and manifested my reality.  With real focus and concentration, I can take the thought, feel it out, and act to make it happen.

I am aware this can come across as hippy-dippy, hooky-spooky, new-agey bullshit.  Yet because I have successfully done it before, I know that I can do it again.

The trick is singular focus.  I have to keep my eyes on the prize, and not allow myself to be distracted by what other people think, or my own issues with my abilities and skills.  It’s important that I not allow myself to sabotage myself.

I write my three blog posts to The Ramblings of the Titanium Don weekly.  Further, I intend to work to post to this webpage more frequently as I strive to make more progress as a writer.  To that end, I participated in a webinar today to learn some new skills to make more of my career as a writer, and I am continuing to put the work in to go where I want to go.

Nothing worth having is ever easy.  There are many ways in which this is going to force me out of my comfort zones.  But I know that I can do this.  Thank you for coming along on my travels.

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