Today’s post involves the top 10 things I’m proud of. When I saw the topic, I have to admit I panicked. I’m not overly proud of much beyond my family and the fact that I’ve managed to write a few books. I think I’m just not overly sentimental… and I can’t always remember things offhand, especially when put under pressure to make a list.
1. My kid. She’s the light of my life and the love of my heart. She drives me up the damn wall on a daily basis, but I’m pretty sure that’s her job (and believe me, she’s good at it). Monkey is so smart and funny and KIND. She always wants to be sure that everyone is included and having a good time, that everyone has enough. But she has to be the boss (okay, that’s me showing in her–I was a bit of a bossypants growing up).
2. My husband. Most of the time I complain about him because we tend to focus on the negative more than the positive. He’s annoying and can be pretty damn rude and there are times when I’d really like to smother him with a pillow. But he’s also generous and he’s taken care of Monkey and me since day one. He’s the general manager of the largest lock shop in Houston and has managed to bring their annual earnings up to… a lot. I don’t know, because when he talks business I tend to tune out (as I’m certain he does when I start talking books. How did I end up with a non-reader?). He works damn hard to provide for us and loves us both at the end of the day despite our antics. lol
3. My books! Somehow I’ve managed to write four (Paige) books and am starting work on the fifth today. How is that even possible??
4. My friends. Yes, I’m absolutely 100% proud of my friends. Strong, wonderful, amazing women who don’t wear capes (that I’m aware of, anyway) but I’d happily bestow the title of SuperWoman on them any day. Teachers, daycare providers, x-ray techs, stay-at-home moms, lawyers, nurses, pet groomers, authors, opera singers… the list of their jobs is wide and varied, but they all go to work and do their jobs, giving more than 100% because that’s what we as women do. And then we come home and do all the mom/wife stuff. Cook, clean, make sure homework is done, clothes are clean for the next day… Several of them pull this stuff off with chronic (hidden) illnesses and unbearable pain. And yet they keep on keepin’ on.
5. Graduating college. I went back to school after I got out of the Navy and was frequently one of the oldest students in every class (if not THE oldest). At 30, I graduated college and became an x-ray tech. As a tech, I was able to teach incoming students some of the skills I’d acquired and hopefully passed on my love of patient care to them as well. I do miss the teaching part of x-ray and the caring for patients part. But I definitely don’t miss the physical aspect wherein I tear a rotator cuff or cause two discs in my back to bulge and press on my spinal cord.
6. Paige Prince Editing. It’s still a fledgling business, but it’s a business nonetheless. I started PPE last year and my client list has grown little by little. It’s still expanding, but I have a few regular clients whom I adore working with and have just signed on that I’m excited to begin editing for.
7. Liz Crowe’s Love Brothers anthology. I had the opportunity to be included with 15 other amazing authors in this fabulous anthology set in Lucasville, Kentucky, the fictional town where a family by the name of Love resides. My contribution also kicked off the series I’m writing with Deelylah Mullin, Mercy General, about a hospital here in Houston.
8. Paige Tyler’s Dallas Fire & Rescue Kindle World. I was recently accepted to write in Paige Tyler’s Kindle World and I couldn’t be more excited!! My title with DF&R will release in July.
9. Sable Hunter’s Hell Yeah! Kindle World. I was also recently accepted to write in Sable Hunter’s Kindle World. I’m starting to feel like a legit writer! LOL
10. Finishing this list! I’m only mostly kidding. When I first started the list, I thought, “There’s no way in hell I can think of TEN things I’m proud of!” Like I said, I’m not overly sentimental.
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