Making the Best Out of What You Don’t Have

If I could write a list of the things that I need to do pertaining to my writing career that is being held up due to lack of money, I’m not sure if one piece of paper would be enough.  Every time I think that I am going to be able to get some new business cards or pay my editor to edit my next novel, or hire an artists to design the cover of my next novel, I just get reminded that I never seem to have the money to do what I need to do in order to make me more money.  It seems like the things I don’t have constantly outweigh what I want.  

The other day I heard something on one of Oprah’s shows that made me think differently in regards to dwelling on what I don’t have right now.  Iyanla Vanzant was speaking about people being angry with not having what they want out of life and she said that “you have to create what you want instead of being stuck with what you don’t have.”  I realized that if I keep focusing on what little I have (or what I don’t have at all sometimes) then not only can I not take joy in the things that I am already blessed to have, but I can’t create a way to turn things around and get what it is that I do want.  

Now clearly there are just some things that you can’t do without having the benefit of money.  However, that doesn’t mean that I can’t concentrate on the things that I can do for my career that can be done with discipline and hard work.  That, I don’t need to buy, that, I already have.  So today, for every thing that you don’t have, think of how you can turn that around and create something you want.  Until tomorrow…Remember there is good in any misfortune, you just have to stop focusing on the misfortune.   

Jimmetta Carpenter


The Diary: Succession of Lies (Now Available)

Writing as “Jaycee Durant”


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