With Canada Day and the Fourth of July around the corner, and my tenth wedding anniversary a mere six weeks away (yikes, where do the years go!), celebrations are on my mind. Not all celebrations can be marked with fireworks, marching bands and diamonds. Some occasions require conscious effort to not let slip by without duly savoring.
One such occasion was the arrival of the boxes of my book I’ll Do It Myself. After thirty years of dreaming, thinking, and preparing to write a book, and after four years of writing, revising, editing and much procrastinating, the day the boxes arrived and I held my book in my hands for the first time was what I can only imagine is similar to giving birth. The sight brought tears to my eyes. In that moment, my dream became reality. I had accomplished it! I had written and self-published my autobiography â€” and I had 500 copies to prove it.
Because I chose to self-publish and, hence, didn’t have a large publishing house to fund an official launch, and because it was December and lugging precious books in the rain wasn’t appealing, I did not know if an official book launch was in the near future. Yet, I felt the moment deserved to be savored, to be recognized, to be celebrated.
An impromptu Book Arrival Celebration was planned for a Sunday evening, in our home. I intentionally did not call it a â€œbook launchâ€ as that would have precluded me from having a launch at a later time, at another location. After all that work with my left thumb, I was all for celebrating as many times as I could get away with! (That reminds me, the official book launch is still waiting to happen…)
After an evening of sharing good food â€“ thanks my friendâ€™s sister who catered a large company Christmas party the night before and saved the leftovers for us â€“ and good wine with good friends, I felt totally contented, reflecting upon the fact that I was now a published author. Although, that did take some time to fully sink in!
However, it doesn’t take writing a book to have a reason to celebrate.
Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!
~ Amanda Bradley
What do you celebrate? Do you need a reason or an excuse to have celebration?If you enjoyed this post, consider buying me a chai tea latte. Thanks kindly.