Sunday 2 July 2023

9 Things to Keep in Mind in Your Author and Personal Life…

Lately, I’ve been decluttering to the point where for some reason, I kept old birthday cards that rang true for me upon receiving them. Some cards were sappy, others were filled with wisdom and common sense. One particular card resonated with me, and I thought I’d share this sage advice with you today on my blog. Geared to make your life a little better, the following nine things make sense and can be applied in every possible scenario and career choice. Since I’m an author, I’d thought this list would serve other writers in some manner. Enjoy!

Trust Your Instincts: If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Fun, tempting…maybe, but not right.

Remember Your Manners: It doesn’t cost you anything, but it speaks volumes about who you are. Having CLASS starts with this.

Never Let Possessions ‘Own’ You: It’s just STUFF! The most valuable things in life—friends, respect, love, knowledge—don’t cost money. Hokey, but true.

Nurture Your Friendships: The investment you make in true friends will pay huge dividends all your life. Remember, you can’t make an old friend.

Keep Your Hands Clean: This is meant literally and figuratively, and will save you a lot of regrets later. (Note: I received this card way before Covid-19 was around!)

Believe in Yourself: Yeah, this is another hokey one, but you DO happen to be the only YOU in existence, and you’re also the only person in the world who can TRULY hold you back in life. Think about it.

Be Grateful: Don’t waste all your todays in anticipation of some grand tomorrow. NOW is all we’ve got. Live in it!

Treat Others the Way You Want to Be Treated: Okay, so I didn’t make this one up. The point is, just because you’re smarter or richer or prettier than someone else doesn’t mean you’re BETTER. It just means you’ve been more blessed.

Always Keep Playing: Who says adults have to give up toys? Keep the little kid inside you alive. It keeps your imagination primed. Silly is good.

I hope these nine things bring a little sunshine into your life. My favorite is ‘Always Keep Playing’. Makes sense for me, especially when I’m writing and get to ‘play’ with the characters I’ve created. How about you? Which one of these ring true for you? Would love to read your choice or choices. Cheers and thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I appreciate you!


  1. a great reminder of what matters

    1. Agreed! Hugs and thanks for dropping by my virtual beach today!

  2. You're very welcome, Marina! Stop by my virtual beach anytime, my friend. Cheers!

  3. Great tips to living a good life and appreciating what’s important. Thanks for sharing!

    1. True that, Leigh! Thanks for spreading your magic around my virtual beach today! Cheers!