It’s Thanksgiving, or as my family calls it, Steaksgiving. We eat steak and baked potatoes, because we are untraditional and completely insane.
I wanted to list five specific things I’m ridiculously grateful for. I hope it motivates you, as Mike Loomis’s blog motivated me, to think about what you’re truly thankful for.
Support. I have the most supportive family in the world. Owning your own business is a blast, but it has its hardships too. My family has constantly encouraged me to do amazing things with my business. They listen to me rant on and on about grammar and books and crazy ideas, always smiling and nodding in agreement, even if they have no idea what I’m talking about.
Joshua, Justin, and Jessalyn. My two nephews are hilarious; let’s get that out there right now. Joshua always makes me laugh with his funny dance moves and is a genius at putting together those insanely meticulous LEGO sets. He’ll probably be an architect or take over the family business. Justin is so smart that I think he will probably become the mad scientist who cures all the world’s diseases. Hopefully, he’ll still have his adorable freckles then too. Jessalyn will probably be asked to be America’s first female president but will turn it down because she has too many Fortune 500 companies to run—while wearing a big-as-a-Buick bow on her head.
Clients. My biggest prayer for this year was gaining more clients—specifically, author clients. I have more clients than I ever could have imagined. And they’re incredible clients too. I get to read people’s books for a living. I can’t think of anything more amazing than that.
A new day. I’m fairly certain God shakes his head at me most days and says, “Well, here we go again.” And that is why God allows us to start over every single day. I’m the queen of making the same mistake a hundred times before finally learning the lesson and vowing not to do it again. I’m thankful for second chances, for His grace, for His Son, and for my salvation.
Pensacola. Kind of an odd thing to be thankful for, but I told you I was going to be specific. I am so in love with Pensacola, Florida, and I always will be. I went to college there, and I started my business there. I go there to refresh my brain, and I’m so thankful I can visit Pensacola to regroup and look at the most beautiful thing in the world: the ocean.
What are some specific things you are thankful for?
An expert editor, seasoned writer, and author-centric marketer, Shayla Raquel works one-on-one with authors and business owners every day. A lifelong lover of books, she has edited over 300 books and has launched several Amazon bestsellers for her clients. Her award-winning blog teaches new and established authors how to write, publish, and market their books. She is the author of the Pre-Publishing Checklist, The Rotting (in Shivers in the Night), and her novel-in-progress, The Suicide Tree. She lives in Oklahoma with her two dogs, Chanel and Wednesday.