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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Telling the Truth Tuesday - Celebrations

So much happens over the course of a lifetime. Hallmark and society dictate much of the way we celebrate things in our lives: Presidents Day, religious holidays, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving. Then we have birthdays, wedding anniversaries, anniversaries of special events. But how often do you celebrate the little things - like making an important decision, overcoming a huge fear, doing something you never thought you'd do?

Honoring those kinds of things is, to me, way more important than celebrating a holiday. I'm not knocking celebrating holidays. That's fine and fun. But taking a moment to stop and recognize our personal accomplishments is saying to ourselves, yes, yes, yes, we wanted something and we did something about it. The outcome is not the important factor here.

I'm learning to honor the small steps I take to make me a more content person in my life. So today, I'm celebrating that although it took me 2 1/2 years to do it, I am finally going to have a book blog tour (see tab page above for details).

What can you celebrate today?


Ann said...

Oh Congratulations Karen. A book blog tour how exciting.....Are you sure Hallmark hasn't come out with a card for that! :) Wishing you a bundle full of blog book tour success!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I can celebrate that today I re-started my excercise regime in the hope to lose a few .....well a lot of pounds.

Have a good day.

Hilary said...

Hi Karen .. congratulations on getting the book tour set up - I'm looking forward to reading your book ... and will enjoy the early snippets from the tour and back story etc ..

I'm going to click through and see the tour route .. enjoy it - cheers Hilary

The Old Silly said...

Hip-hip-hooray! I'm ALL for celebrating all those good, 'small' decisions that compound over time into huge life changing momentum!

Marvin D Wilson

Talli Roland said...

How exciting, Karen!

I'm all about celebrating the little things. Any excuse! :)

Linda Hoye said...

Good for you, Karen! Congratulations.

Suze said...

Karen, after reading most of your book, this post means so much more to me.

Love you, friend.

Odie Langley said...

Congratulations Karen, I wish you much success.

Karen Walker said...

Ann, now there's a great idea for Hallmark!
Yvonne, if I can do it, you can do it. Let me know if I can help!
Hilary thanks so much and thanks for the heads up about my comment problem.
Old Silly, Amen!
Talli, yes, girlfriend, any excuse.
Linda, thanks
Suze, thank you so much
Odie, same right back at ya!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Karen . looks good to me - thanks .. will make my life much easier .. cheers .. Hilary

PS and perhaps I'll have a face! and a B for blogger ..

Karen Walker said...

Yippee, Hilary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You know what I'm celebrating! Looking forward to hosting you on your tour. About time!

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Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Oh...Blogger! My comment may have posted twice..tried to delete the 2nd occurrence, but not sure it trashed. :)

Karen Walker said...

Elizabeth, it posted 4 times - Itried deleting but now all of them are gone.

Siv Maria said...

Congrats on a wonderful reason for a celebration! I celebrate my children and the continued cycle of life which never stops surprising me.

Claudia Moser said...

Similar thoughts on my side as well!

anthony stemke said...

Congratulations and best wishes on your tour.

Paul Anthony Shortt said...

If I'm honest, I have so many things to celebrate my head spins. Hoping to celebrate the birth of my first child in a week or so. All stations go!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I can celebrate a long weekend of writing and knocking out a lot of chapters.

Karen Walker said...

Alex, yippee for your sequel!!
Siv, you have several wonderful causes for celebration!
Claudia, good
Anthony, thank you
Paul, that is one amazing celebration!
Diane, yeah for you

Melissa Sarno said...

That is something to celebrate Karen :-) I like this post because you are right- we don't celebrate the little things. Maybe I'll toast myself with some wine tonight for writing a couple thousand words today ;-)

Pk Hrezo said...

What a great thing to be reminded of. It really is the accomplishments along life's way that builds us up. If we don't celebrate them, then what's it all for?? Since life is about the journey and not the destination, we have to acknowledge every little thing we succeed at.

And congrats to you on yours! We are celebrating with you!

Karen Walker said...

Melissa, I know I forget, but when I remember, life is richer.
Pk, yes, what is life for? For me, it is so much about the little things

Mary Aalgaard said...

Amen, Sister! Most holidays can feel like forced fun and relationships. The genuine celebration comes from small moments and from the heart thanks and time spent together.

Anonymous said...

A book blog tour ... Congrats! Best wishes for your success. I'll do a few link backs for it this month.

Karen Walker said...

Yes, Mary, so true.
Hi Stephen, thank you, but what does that mean?

Anonymous said...

Congratulationns on your book blog tour. It may have taken 2 1/2 years but I'm sure the timing is perfect!

Helen Ginger said...

Congratulations on the book tour. Try to have fun, even though it will probably be nerve-wracking.

Arlee Bird said...

Holidays and especially birthdays are vastly overrated sometimes. They can be good excuses for getting together with family and friends, but I with you about the celebrations that have more personal meanings.
Looking forward to your virtual book tour.

Tossing It Out

Jules said...

Congrats on the tour Ms. Karen, the time is irrelevant. I'm celebrating just being alive because it sure beats the alternative. :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Liz Fichera said...

I like holidays too but dislike a couple, especially the mostly Hallmark-inspired ones. Like Valentine's Day, for example. Why do we wait one day a year to do sweet things for the ones we love? That should be happening every day. Every day is precious.

Thank you for such an inspiring post!

Donna said...

I can celebrate putting together a three line pitch. Boy, is that hard, lol.

Congrats on the blog tour.

Donea Lee said...

Congrats on your blog tour - that's fantastic!! I wish you the best of luck with it ~ :)

And you're absolutely right. Holidays come around every year, but individual accomplishments can be a once in a lifetime thing and deserve some special recognition. I'll have to remember to celebrate these moments more!

Karen Walker said...

Lynn, thanks, yeah, I think the timing is right - I couldn't have done this - didn't know how.
Helen, I'm trying to prepare ahead so it isn't so nerve-wracking, but the best laid plans....
Lee, thanks, looking forward to it as well
Jules, you are so right!
Liz, yeah that's one of the ones that bug me as well. Thanks for the compliment.
Donna, a 3-line pitch--really?
Donea Lee, thanks so much - yes, remember to celebrate those moments.

Julie said...

Congratulations on the book tour, that's fabulous!

I just got a copy of Following the Whispers and I'm really looking forward to reading it. :)

Karen Walker said...

Julie, I am so honored and grateful.I hope you like it. It's not an easy read.

Claudia Moser said...

Thank you for the great message and for the book!