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A Thought for Today: The New Way to Happiness

 

 

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Try something new every day.

One of the best ways to create excitement, energy, and happiness in your life is to follow this simple advice.  Each day, do something new.

There’s a incredible joy that comes from trying something for the first time, whether it’s a new food, a new activity, or a new route to work. We make discoveries, we expand our horizons, we broaden our mind through each new thing we do.

Feeling stuck in a rut? Try something new.

Got a problem to solve? Try a new approach…or a new attitude.

Looking for a dream? Try turning in a new direction. You might like what you find.

Sure, there’s comfort in familiarity and old ways have a place in our life. We need to balance them with a daily dose of “new”. It will keep us alive and keep us always looking ahead.

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Open the Door

wooden-panel-doors-500x500Many years ago, I wrote a short, short story called Doors. It was a fairly simple, uncomplicated story about two young girls spending an evening together, talking girl talk, and all the while opening and closing different doors. It was inspired by real life experience as I sat listening to one of my daughters and her best friend chatting about life, love, and the future.

Even though it was late, they decided they should set off on an adventure. They made a great fuss about getting dressed up, ready to go out. Doors opened. Doors closed. Bedroom doors. The door to the basement. Oh, the noise and chatter!

 

Finally, they opened the front door, stepped out onto the porch, then quickly turned around and returned to the safety and security of home.

“We’ll go out another time,” they said as they came inside and closed the door behind them.

To me, the doors they were opening and closing symbolized the future and the act of growing up. Such a rush of excitement…and then the quiet realization that they weren’t truly ready to face the realities of becoming adults.

I wrote about doors again recently in “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not”. It, too, is a story about growing up and facing adult realities and responsibilities. Although I mention “doors” a dozen times in the novel, I think my favorite reference is this one:

Choices.

There was that word again. She’d stood her ground, had made her choices, and what was the result? She thought of how often her parents talked about opening and closing doors. When one door closed, they insisted, the Lord opened other doors for you.

Now, quite the opposite had happened. She’d opened the door to a future with Ben, but by doing so, all other doors were now closed.

Doors open and doors close. We often come to a doorway and wonder what’s on the other side, what might lie behind that door.

While browsing around a bit this morning, I came across this door-inspired quote from author Graham Greene:

There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.

 

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No matter our age, there are always doors opening and closing around us. Whenever we face a new door, we don’t know what’s on the other side. The only way to find out is to open the door.

 


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Thank You!

SpringFlowersThankYouThis has been an exciting week.  On Thursday, my latest historical romance, Not the Marrying Kind, was released by Secret Cravings Publishing. For an author, nothing is more thrilling than seeing a story we’ve loved writing truly “coming into the world”.  I hope the story of Kat Phillips and Joshua Barron finds its way into many hearts.

Although the “official” release party won’t take place until Saturday, February 1, many readers have already joined in to help me celebrate the  book’s release. To each of you who have shared my excitement, to those of you who have read and enjoyed excerpts and “snippets” I’ve posted, and to all who have graciously accepted my invitation to attend the launch party, I want to say “Thank you.”

Everyone is welcome to join in on the launch party fun. I’m grateful to Lady Amber for doing the hard work and putting the event together for me.

Not the Marrying Kind Release Party

We’ll have fun, we’ll have games, and yes…we’ll have prizes! Lots of prizes. Along with copies of my new release, you’ll also have a chance to win ebooks from Sandy Lea Sullivan, Tamara Hoffa, and Tricia Andersen. I will also be giving away a “Christina Cole Romance” tote bag — ideal for carrying all those delicious romance novels you’re reading! Another great prize has been donated by Shauna Aura Knight. She’s offered a Tarot reading for one lucky winner.

To each of these wonderful ladies, I say, “Thank you!” And most of all, I want to thank each of you who have read my stories, written reviews, and shared your thoughts about the books I write. I was thrilled to visit the publisher’s website recently and discover that two of my “sweet” historical romances are holding the number 1 and number 2 “best-selling” spots in their category, and Summertime has moved into the top ten on the “steamier” side for historical romance. It’s gives me a true sense of joy to know that you’ve enjoyed my stories, and I can’t wait to share my newest romance with you. I think you’ll come to care about the folks from Sunset, Colorado.

Please, be sure to check out Riding Into the Sunset – Stepping Back in Time for an up-close, in-depth look at the fictional town and the people who live — and love — there.

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Here’s something you might want to know as you read Not the Marrying Kind.  Book 2 of “The Sunset Series” will be coming out later this year. It’s titled Keeping Faith and tells the story of a fellow by the name of  Tom Henderson. Watch for his name to be mentioned…then guess who he’s going to fall in love with!

And yes, before you ask, little Emily Sue Phillips is going to grow up and get a love story all her own.