I had to actually do the math because I’m at that age when I constantly slip into denial. Am I 55, or 56—surely not 57? But yep, I’m going to be 57 on June 5, and, while there was a time not so long ago that I worried I wouldn’t reach 55, I’m feeling better than ever, and I have to say it’s because of the way I am eating and living. For the first time in my life, I’m taking care of myself—I mean really taking care of myself. I am eating right, maybe not exercising quite as much as I should, but exercising nonetheless. I’m also trying to make sure I maintain a life balance, which is something I sucked at previously. But here we are, with days to go, and I’ve learned a few things by the eve of my 57thbirthday (metaphorically speaking). I’d like to share them, particularly for the writer community, because I think so often lately, the trend is to speed up, and do more. These are the things I wish I could have told my younger self:
Slow down, you will not lay on your death bed and wish you wrote one more book. Have a life outside of work.
Stop eating meat. Right now. I mean it.
Stop eating dairy; it’s shitty for you and DOES NOT do a body good.
Exercise more and stop working in weird positions; you’re not 10 and someday you’re going to pay for that.
Stay away from ibuprofen; your gut will thank you.
Establish boundaries and keep them.
Only write what you love.
Teach your children more Spanish; stop answering your mom in English when she speaks to you in Spanish.
You don’t sing like a frog and you’re not taking ugly pills (thanks, Dad!)
Did I mention work-life balance? Yeah, pay attention to that.
Age is just a number.
Be like a cat: live in the moment, get the hell away if something threatens you, or even annoys you, and take joy in the smallest things… yep, even that tiny ant crawling across the floor. Fascinating little creature.
True friends will always be there and will never judge you. Don’t waste time worrying about what people think.
Do the laundry (and all those other tasks). Procrastination will put worry lines on your brow.
It’s okay to be weird; embrace it.
It’s okay not to be the best at everything; accept it.
True beauty is not skin deep; it’s a soul thing.
If you run with dogs who have fleas, you will get fleas. (Both metaphorically and physically speaking.)
Someday, you will have wrinkles and gray hair, but you won’t see any of them when you look in the mirror. You are eternally 18, embrace it.
Fix your teeth; you’ll feel better about taking pictures.
Don’t just say you love someone, feel it, and show it.
Heads up! If you haven’t yet read my Oyster Point series (and yes, there’s another book in the works!) this is the perfect time for you to start. SPEAK NO EVIL is currently available FREE at all vendors, but this is not going to last, so grab this while you can.
The one book I am emailed about most (aside from my new series) is The MacKinnons’ Hope – the missing epilogue for the MacKinnon’s Bride. Well, here it is, folks, and it’s FREE for all until April 28th.
Don’t normally read on Kindle? No problem! It’s easy to install their FREE Kindle app, available here.
I’m sure this news will be met with some mixed reactions, but I’ve decided to make my backlist titles available to you through Kindle Unlimited. This is really great news for those reading on a budget. If you do not have a Kindle Unlimited subscription package, don’t worry, you can still buy my titles via Amazon and read them with their FREE Kindle app, available here.
To make this as painless as possible for those of you who do not read on Kindle, I’ve been working through IngramSpark to create affordable mass-market versions of most of my titles. These titles go from $6.99 to $11.99 (USD) AND if you buy one and send me a SASE I’ll send you bookmarks and a signed bookplate.
To request your bookmark and bookplate, just send your SASE to:
PO Box 216
Also, the new Daughters of Avalon series is NOT in KU; these titles will continue to be made available wide.
Tada! Many of my books are now available as hardcovers, and what makes this super exciting is that you can now grab a printable hardcover list and hand it to your librarian so she can stock your library with copies of my books. I’ll be updating this list as I go, so come back often to check if your book is on the list.
This is great for those of you who are on a budget who would love to read my books.
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