Anyone else feel as if you've been mired in muck for the last few, well, years? I bet my fellow friends in the US know exactly what I'm talking about as the day of reckoning (AKA election day) slowly approaches. I just want to cast my vote and be done with it, no matter what shakes out.
Once upon a time I was a political junkie. These days, however, I feel like a decontamination shower is in order after watching the news. There's just so much darkness, so much hate. So what have I been doing the last few weeks? I've been focusing on...peace. Serenity. Sanity. As I've been doing so, I've found my happy place: my friends.
Aside from keeping me grounded, supported, and encouraged, I've been thinking back on some amazing times that bring a smile to my face and lighten my heart. How can I be sad when I remember this trip to Disneyland (one of many I've taken) with my BFF, Mary.
Or our trip to Hawaii:
Or this one, taken with another BFF, Judy, in Disneyland:
Then there's this one with my critique group, the TKBees (see our "tattoos"?) in...um, Disneyland (waving to Melinda Curtis and Cari Lynn Webb!):
No, this isn't an advertisement for one of my favorite places on the planet (FYI, NOT one of Melinda's <G>), but these are moments I can draw on for smiles and laughter. Like this past July when I got to hang out with fellow Heartwarming authors Cari Lynn Webb, Carol Ross, and Amy Vastine. Is there anything we don't laugh about? I don't think so.
Or as we whooped things up at the Harlequin party:
There are places I've gone that make me happy to think about, things I've done, but when all is said and done, it's the people I spend time with that make those memories so special. So powerful. And so I thank all of my friends, those mentioned in this post and all the rest (you know who you are) for giving me refuge in this crazy world and proving that it's who you surround yourself with that truly makes life worth living.
So who's in your tribe? What memories do you think on when you're trying to escape the real world (and not nose deep in a book?). Please share with us in the comments!
USA Today and national bestselling author Anna J. Stewart can't remember a time she didn't have a book in her hands or a story in her head. Early obsessions with Star Wars, Star Trek and Wonder Woman set her on the path to creating fun, funny, and family-centric romances with happily ever afters for her independent heroines for Harlequin Heartwarming and Romantic Suspense. Anna lives in Northern California where she deals with a serious Supernatural & Sherlock addiction, surrounds herself with friends and family and tolerates an overly affectionate cat named Snickers (or perhaps it's Snickers who tolerates her). Visit her online at www.authorannastewart.com.