The other day, I sold my car. It was a good car and it served me well for the eight years that I owned it. It made many things possible including a trip to Nashville, Tennessee, several trips to Kentucky, and numerous outings across the state of Ohio. I spend a lot of time in my car, so it was important to have a reliable mode of transportation. It wasn’t always possible for me to trust the car I was driving, but this one was a blessing and I’m happy to have been able to drive it for as long as I did. Now, someone else will have the opportunity to drive her around.
Why did I get rid of it? Well, I had put as much money into the car as I wanted to put into it. I had wanted a newer car for a while and it just so happened that a newer vehicle presented itself for pretty much the same price as what I could get out of the old car. It worked out so well that I’m sure it was meant to be. I now have a car that I can put a few more miles on without feeling like I’m pushing it too far. And I’m not really out anything. I’ve still got lots of great memories from a car that served me well. Hard to believe I had the thing for over eight years. I’ve never had any car for that long and it was the first one that I’d been able to completely pay off. But it was time. As with all things, there comes a time when we outgrow the old and we must allow ourselves to step into the new. Even though it may look very similar to what we were already doing, the very act of taking a slightly different step helps to prepare us for the next level of challenges we must face.
I can’t wait see where we go from here!
Left. Old car. Right. New car.
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Today is a special day! Not only is it the birthday of my favorite character in the world, it is the day I decided to bite the proverbial bullet and publish the first chapter of the eleventh book in the series on Kindle Vella, The Harder They Fall! I struggled with the idea for a while, but then realized that there was no better way to get myself in gear than to just jump right in and start sharing. I realize that for those who’ve never read Rona, there will be some big spoilers in book 11, but I’m hoping it won’t deter them from going back to read the earlier books. Consider them a prequel to a new era for Rona. She’s 55 today, so why not throw caution to the wind?
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P.S. – Wishing a very happy birthday to my aunts Betty & Bonnie today! Hope they have a wonderful day! Ladies like these inspire me to keep writing empowering stories like the Rona Shively Stories. Love you ladies!
Well, another year has passed and circumstances have prevented me from finishing the next book in the Rona Shively Stories series. Fear not, it’s on the way. I just had a few minor personal catastrophes to deal with first. In the meantimes, I wanted to share something fun here. I know many people say that you shouldn’t do these things because hackers will get your personal information, but I assure you that there is no classified information contained in my answers. So, take a look at this comparison between my 47 year-old self and my 50 year-old self. Feel free to do your own A-Z assessment. 🙂
THE ABC’S OF ME!
My answers at 47
My answers at 50
Age – 47 Bed size – Full Cat’s name – No cat Dog’s name – No dog Essential start of your day – some sort of coffee… Favorite color – PurpleHeight – 5′ 1” Instruments you played – None Job title – Publisher Kids – One wonderful daughter Last ate – Grilled cheese Mom’s name – Brenda Nickname – Beaker Overnight hospital stays – Maybe four or five… Pet peeves – People who don’t take time to think about what someone else may be going through. Quote from a movie – “I wouldn’t say I’ve been missing it, Bob,” Office Space or “Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit smoking,” Airplane or anything similar to these. Right or Left handed – Right Siblings – Two sisters TV – The Good Doctor, Grey’s, The Masked Singer, New Amsterdam Underwear – Absolutely! Vacation favorite – Grand Canyon/Las Vegas Ways to relax – Writing X-rays – A whole bunch of them… Yummy food – Pizza, lasagna, eggplant parmesan Zoo favorites – Lions, tigers, and…I don’t know…bears.
Age – 50 Bed size – Same bed Cat’s name – Still no cat Dog’s name – Still no dog Essential start of your day – Coffee, just coffee Favorite color – Purple Height – 5′ 1”, but possibly shrinking. Instruments you played – Still haven’t picked that up. Job title – Publisher/Salary Administrator by day Kids – One wonderful daughter Last ate – Oatmeal Mom’s name – Brenda Nickname – Beaker Overnight hospital stays – Maybe four or five…thankfully no more since then. Pet peeves – I still don’t care for people who don’t take time to think about what someone else may be going through. However, I’m more annoyed by people who choose not to pay attention to the truth. People who bury their head in the sand and just let bad things happen rather than taking action to stop it. Quote from a movie – “I wouldn’t say I’ve been missing it, Bob,” Office Space or “Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit smoking,” Airplane, “You know I don’t speak Spanish,” Ron Burgundy, or anything similar to these. Right or Left handed – Right Siblings – Two sisters TV – Various anime series and the occasional K-drama. Fruits Basket, To Your Eternity, Death Note, All of Us Are Dead, Little Women, The Sound of Magic, etc. Underwear – Again, absolutely! Vacation favorite – I do love the Grand Canyon/Las Vegas, but any vacation would be great at this point. Ways to relax – What is that? Relaxing? X-rays – None for a while now. Yummy food – Pizza, lasagna, eggplant parmesan – though nothing is really tasting all that great these days. Zoo favorites – Lions, tigers, and…I don’t know…bears. Why would I change this answer? It’s my favorite.
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Don't ever change yourself to impress someone, cause they should be impressed that you don't change to please others -- When you are going through something hard and wonder where God is, always remember that the teacher is always quiet during a test --- Unknown