My New Year’s Wish for All of You

I just wanted to take some time out to wish all of you a Happy New Year.  I will be embracing the year 2012 with the faith that this will be a good year for me and that it will bring new adventures and experiences for me.  Last year I went into 2011 saying that it was going to be a good year for me, but in the back of my mind there was always doubt there and I didn’t really believe that it would be.  This year I am going to have faith and confidence that it will.  I wanted to encourage everyone to embark on this upcoming year embracing the idea of change and being fearless.  I pray that all of you will go into the New Year with confidence and faith that whatever you are wanting for yourselves this year will happen.  Until tomorrow…Have a Safe and Blessed New Year’s Eve! 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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My Writer Wish List

I was thinking about all of the things that I would have loved to have gotten for Christmas.  Not extravagant things, not a whole closet full of clothes (maybe just 1 new pair of jeans), not a lot of jewelry, and not expensive shoes (okay maybe just 1 inexpensive pair).  The things that I would’ve liked for Christmas are all pertaining to my craft of writing.  Well Christmas has come and gone and I still have my Writer Wish List without anything being crossed off so I guess that just adds another list of things that I need to strive for in the year 2012 to be able to obtain.  Today I thought I would share my Writer Wish List with all of you, somewhat as a way to hold myself to the task of achieving some, if not all, of the items on the list.  

  1. A yearly subscription to the ‘Writer’s Digest’ Magazine and ‘The Writer’ Magazine so I won’t miss one single issue.
  2. A New Laptop that doesn’t go as slow as molasses and would be able to hold some of the software that I would also like to get.
  3. Six month’s supply of printing cartridges so I won’t run out of ink for at least that length of time.
  4. A gift card to either a book store or an office supply store.
  5. A set of pretty purple pens (that seems to be my favorite color to write with even though my personal favorite color is blue).
  6. A year supply of coffee (the good stuff while we’re at it).
  7. A stack of empty journals/notebooks with pretty covers.
  8. The Scrivener software for writers as well the Adobe Creative Suite software.
  9. An Agent
  10. A new batch of customized business cards to pass out and bring in some new clients. 

So that’s my Writer wish list for the New Year.  So what are some of your most needed items on your Writer wish list?  Until tomorrow…Hope you have all of your lists ready for 2012.

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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Who Says Writing is Not a Job?

“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.”
~Gloria Steinem 

After finishing up my walk/run on the treadmill in the gym this morning I began talking to two fellow gym members and we were watching The Wendy Williams Show (no one bothers to turn the T.V. channel after the news goes off) and this morning the Braxton family were the guests today.  Now despite saying that I would never watch that mess during the first season (because I hate most reality TV shows), I accidentally ended up watching it one night and I was immediately hooked and have been watching ever since.  There’s so much about the Braxton family that I learned in watching their show and it is extremely entertaining to say the least.  

Needless to say, one of the sisters, Towanda, is separated from her husband and she talked about that today on The Wendy Williams Show and that one of the main reasons that they are separated is because he doesn’t have a job.  Now because I watch the show I know that her husband is a writer, albeit a struggling writer, but a writer nonetheless.  He just self-published his first book and already has himself lined up for several media and book events so he is soon about to take off.  However, because the fruits of his labor have not been seen yet, he is still seen as the man with no job.  

I take great issue with this because that implies that writing is not a job.  This sparked some mild debate with my two gym buddies because initially they felt as if I was attacking them.  After making it clear that I was not directly referring to them, I expressed how I am constantly hearing that about writers.  It’s as if you say you’re a writer and people then say oh, but what is your job.  That is my job.  I AM A WRITER!  It takes time, discipline, determination, persistence, and sheer willpower to put in the work to write a book and then do everything else that it takes to get that book published and then make it successful.  Writing is no small feat and I am getting really tired of people who dismiss it as simply a hobby or something that someone with an actual job does on the side.  

Now don’t get me wrong, there are people with skilled jobs or even other major career paths who do in fact write on the side and I am not trying to take anything away from them.  But you do have those people who are not better suited for a regular, skilled, 9 to 5, type of job because it would simply just take away from doing what it is that they were truly meant to do.  I am one of those people.  I have had regular jobs and I have once thought about taking up a particular skilled job that I could make a career out of but I just simply am not built that way.  I was born to be a writer and while I do not currently have what other people would consider a job, I feel that everyday that I sit down to my computer and write on my blog, or write an article for some online publication, or send out my queries to national magazines for my articles, or send out queries to agents for representation, or work on my novels, or edit someone else’s novel, that I am doing my JOB.  

I don’t make as much (right now) that I would like to be making and I do struggle at times without having that steady stream of bi-weekly income to come into my household but I don’t regret not going out there and seeking typical employment.  I do what I love and I am home for my daughter when she gets home from school to help her with homework and for whatever else her needs are.  I feel like people who just choose to write for a living with no additional methods of income get a really bad wrap.  Out of work Actors don’t get told that they are no longer considered Actors because they are not currently making a steady stream of income, no they are still Actors, so what is so different about being a writer?  I don’t knock anyone that does go to work in the morning and comes home and parents their children and then if they want to write, sit and write at night.  I think that it is admirable and very tough to do, but everyone is not built that way.  I know that I was never good at it and frankly it made me quite miserable and at times unbearable to deal with.  

I suppose that I am writing to all of those writers out there who might at times be feeling guilty about making the choice to either quit their regular jobs or just not seek another one altogether to focus on their writing.  If you feel that writing is your purpose and what you were meant to do, if you feel that you are truly doing God’s work, then go for it.  You will struggle, you will get frustrated, you will be looked at funny, you will get rejected, but in the end, when your goal is accomplished and you get to where you always envisioned yourself being, then it will all be worth it.  Until tomorrow…Be brave enough to do what’s in your heart and commit yourself to following through. 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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Looking for a Writing Course

One of the goals on my list for the 2012 year is to take a couple of writing courses.  Even the greatest of writers (which I am working on becoming) need to enhance their already impeccable writing skills.  There might be techniques that they have forgotten or desire to learn and a course every now and then can be just the thing to help.  I specifically would like to take a course in writing short stories because I have the hardest time writing them (possibly because I am so incredibly long-winded) and I just need some instruction in that particular area.  Now I don’t know when I will be taking this course because I haven’t even found one yet, nor have I saved up the money to do it, but I am looking so if any of you out there know of any short story writing courses that they would like to recommend please leave a comment.  Okay now I’ve shared one of my goals on my list for the New Year, why don’t you share one with me. 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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God Called One of His Angels Home Today

“What we are is God’s gift to us.  What we become is our gift to God.” 

~Eleanor Powell 

I had something completely different in mind to blog about today but when my best friend Ms. L called me with some tragic news that took place in her family I was moved to write something totally different.  A 38 year old woman is no longer in this world today due to a heart attack that no one saw coming and obviously (because of her age and good health) could not have been predicted.  Ms. L had just spoken to her last night and she was said to have been lively and energetic, without any sign of something being wrong.  Then she was just gone.  

Now while I did not know this person personally I feel sadness for Ms. L and her family and the immediate family of the person they lost.  Mostly I feel such sadness for her 8 year old little girl who was unfortunate enough to be the one to find her because she had no idea (clearly) that this would be her last Christmas with her mother.  This is a painful reminder of the fact that none of us are promised tomorrow.  

I find myself constantly telling myself that I will start really living my life tomorrow, or next week, or next year, after I have everything mapped out.  Today I realized the problem with that way of thinking.  We don’t know what life we have left on this earth and because of that we have to start living that life.  I’m not dismissing the act of planning what it is that you want to do in life (I don’t think I could stop planning if I tried) as well as what you want out of it.  However, all of that planning should not go to waste by forgetting to live out those plans before we lose our chance to.  

And for those of you out there who have unspoken words that you think you have all this time left to say, say them now because none of us know if we will have another time to say them.  Until tomorrow…Never take for granted the life that you have. 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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Even When No One Is Looking

So I didn’t necessarily feel like blogging today but I’ve already taken a two day break over the Christmas holiday and I didn’t want to risk missing anymore.  I was having trouble figuring out what to write about today and I found that I wasn’t feeling all that motivated because I took a look at the stats of my blog and saw that there weren’t that many people reading what I had to say to begin with.  I think I need for my best friend Ms. L. to share her secrets with me because she can go from having a bad blog day to a good blog day in a matter of minutes with just one post.  Maybe it’s just not my blog moment yet. I guess that I just have to wait my turn in that area too.  It feels like I always seem to be waiting for my turn at something.  Well they say that the best things come to those who wait and since I don’t plan on ever giving up on writing, I guess I’ll just keep on blogging and writing my novels and doing whatever else my journey as a writer brings to me even if no one is looking (or in this case reading).  Until tomorrow…Always do what you love doing whether people are watching or not!

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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The Gift of Giving

“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done.  We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me food to eat, I was naked and you clothed me, I was homeless and you took me in.  Hungry not only for bread — but hungry for love.  Naked not only for clothing — but naked for human dignity and respect.  Homeless not only for want of a room of bricks — but homeless because of rejection.”
~Mother Teresa 

When Christmas comes around every year we get so caught up in worrying about what gift we are going to get for which person and whether or not we will be able to get everything that the kids wrote down on their lists or dropped hints about way back around Halloween.  I admit that I am guilty of being determined to get every single little thing on my daughter’s list (knowing that I can’t possibly in good conscience get everything).  I admit that it is for the sheer joy of seeing her face light up as the gifts go under the tree and on Christmas morning when she thinks I’m a rock star because I actually made the attempt to get everything she wanted.  

Now I have explained to my daughter that Christmas is not in fact about getting gifts (as society has made it out to be) but I think that when she continually sees adds and cartoons and other children so focused on getting gifts that it’s still hard for her to understand what Christmas really means.  They say this is the season of giving but I’m not sure that whoever said that meant gifts of toys and all sorts of material possessions.  There is so much that we have to give to this world and our children then just the latest toys or electronics and video games.  

There are a lot of reasons that I would like to be wealthy but one of the main reasons for me is so that I can be in a position to help people who are struggling and need it the most.  I was watching the news this morning and there was a woman who talked about her foundation that she started to help the families of the wounded and deceased navy seals who died or were injured in the war inIraq.  All I could think of in watching this story was ‘I wish there was something that I could do to help’.  In fact I would love to be able to be someone else’s Christmas Angel for once.  

I got to thinking about all of the many different foundations out there put in place to help others and made a small list which I included below.  I think that everyone should compose a small list of what they would do to help if they could.  Maybe it will inspire someone out there who has forgotten what the true meaning of Christmas is to be reminded once again.  

  1. Make a Wish Foundation
  2. Local Homeless Shelter
  3. Habitat for Humanity
  4. UNICEF
  5. Locks of Love
  6. The People inHaiti
  7. The People in Japan
  8. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  9. The International Child Art Foundation  (ICAF) 

These are just a few of the organizations that I have wanted to help in one way or another for quite some time now.  This gives me even more motivation to see my dreams through, so that I can firmly place myself in a position to be able to help others struggle just a little less so they can see their dreams become a reality and then hopefully they would one day be able to do the same for someone else.  What organizations would you place on your list?  Until tomorrow…Remember that we are all worth more than just the things that we possess.

Jimmetta Carpenter

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Just a Few Words

I don’t have too many words to say tonight so I will just share some words that inspired me yesterday morning about wisdom.  

“Wisdom comes from a willingness to be a student of life, a willingness to be a life long learner.  Wise people learn that success does not come from a certain set of circumstances, but rather from a certain set of attitudes.”

~Willie Jolley 

Until tomorrow! 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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What’s The Worst That Could Happen?

“Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”
~Leon Joseph Suenens 

I am typically an overly cautious person who has to literally think of every single positive and negative before saying yes or no to anything, usually ignoring my first instincts.  I tend to talk myself out of wonderful opportunities and rationalize it with legitimate excuses (lack of money, or no time) that hold me back from doing a lot of things that I would love to do.  I have found myself wondering lately, what if I just said yes to every opportunity that came my way.  I mean what’s the worst that could really happen?  

Now I don’t mean literally to just anything because I’m not in my early twenties with no responsibilities and no one to be held accountable for.  I mean opportunities that I would normally find any reason that seems legitimate to say no to.  I think about the movie Jim Carey played in called Yes Man and even though he had some not so good experiences in saying yes to everything, he had some really good ones too, some life changing experiences.  I guess I will never know what it is I’m missing if I just keep finding an excuse to say no.  

So I think that I am going to challenge myself for the year 2012 to say Yes to any opportunity that comes my way (within reason of course).  I am not going to let what I don’t have stop me from exploring what it is I could have if I just said Yes.  Now I don’t know how effective this is going to be because I don’t think I have ever done anything without giving it an excessive amount of thought but I sure am going to try to live up to this challenge.  After all, what do I really have to lose?  Until tomorrow…What do you think would happen if you just said yes to your next opportunity? 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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Where Credit Is Due

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”

~Mahatma Gandhi 

I am reminded every morning when I go to the gym to workout that I am a lot stronger than I think I am.  Each day when I do something else that I never thought that I could do or that I said that I would never even try, it reminds me that I sometimes don’t give myself enough credit.  A lot of us tend to do that in general during the course of our everyday lives.  We get it in our heads that we are only as good as the limits that we set for ourselves, not realizing that we often set the bar too low and don’t give ourselves nearly as much credit as we deserve.  

If we think about it, each time we reach an obstacle and find ourselves saying that we can’t handle anything else, not only do we surpass that obstacle but it builds us up stronger for the one that is sure to come after that.  They say that which doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger, and while sometimes I find myself wanting to throw a certain finger up at whoever started that phrase, I find it to be very true.  My struggles have not only made me stronger but made me more ambitious and determined.  I feel that with each road block I face during the course of my journey I am made to be hungrier and more driven to reach my destination.  

Someone at the gym told me that I have been coming to the gym lately with a new drive and as if I was on a mission for the year 2012.  I am on a mission.  I plan on setting that bar increasingly higher for myself and raising my own expectations right along with it.  I am strong enough to achieve anything I desire despite the struggles I have to face along the way.  I am going to stop counting myself out before I even make it to the starting line and start giving myself the credit that I deserve.  Until tomorrow…Ask yourself if you are giving yourself enough credit? 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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