Saturday, December 30, 2017

New Year. New Word. 2018



Each year I select a word (or phrase) to guide me:

In 2017 my word was RELENTLESS

And in my blog post from this time last year I wrote:
"Not relentless as in cruel, uncaring or harsh.
But, relentless in hope. Relentless in chasing. Relentless in writing. Relentless in faith. Relentless in love. Relentless in caring. Relentless in dreaming. This year I will not give up. I will continue in everything I hoped and dreamed for last year. I will continue to expand my wings of being myself and  embracing truth and vulnerability.
I will be more fully myself. I will continue to grow as a writer and show up on both the page and in my daily life. I will embrace relentless courage. Relentless bravery. Relentless ME."

I began 2017 with an over arching goal to pursue my dreams for my writing, to be the person I wanted to be regardless of circumstances and to follow hard after what was placed in my heart. I began the year without an agent, with the full of my manuscript having been requested by a few agents and waiting to hear back from at least four of them. It took until October of this year to finally hear back from one of those agent who would offer to represent me as an author. In the months of waiting I had to complete another massive revision of the manuscript based on the feedback of another agent. That agent, as lovely as she was, was not the agent who offered representation. She was placed in my life, I believe, to help steer that book where it needed to go. It was that revision that piqued the interested and passion of my agent, Nicole of Golden Wheat Literary, who eventually offered to represent me. 

I want to say this, there were many many days of waiting. I had NO IDEA which way to go next. I felt overwhelmed, weary, bone-tired. But I took hold of that word RELENTLESS and a butt-headed , stubborn- assed refusal to give up. Even time an opportunity came along, no matter how small or if I could see where it would lead, I took it. Every time someone offered help with my book, or another author reached out with encouragement, I took it. I spent time each morning praying, I tried to trust, to give God the dream that was bigger than me... but here's the truth...

...I faulted, I failed, I tripped over my own fears and self-doubt more times than I can remember, I  felt defeated, confused, worried anxious. I wondered if God cared, I wonder if He heard, I wondered if I was really meant to be a writer after all... BUT I also decided to refocus, to believe again, to trust again, to try again, to rinse, wash and repeat, and friends.... I did not have to be perfect to achieve my goals. I just had to get back up. THAT is enough.

YOU ARE ENOUGH. 

What stands between us and where we want to go is not how good we are, how perfect, how creative, how talented, how faithful, prayerful or purposeful we are. It is not our inadequacies or brokenness that holds us back. What stands between us and where we want to go is our dog-eared determination to KEEP GOING. 

The biggest lesson the word relentless taught me, was that I can be me with all my imperfections and still achieve my goals. 

In 2018 I will have more MASSIVE book news to share. I am sitting on this news like a little kid on Christmas morning waiting for next year when I can tell you all. 

And I am so thankful!

My word for 2018 is PEACE.

I not only want to keep going, I want to learn to do it grounded in peace. To actively pursue peace, pick my battles wisely and not shy away from battles which are wise to fight. To learn stillness when surrounded by wildness for all of life is wild. To be completely obedient to my God and to the truth I know in my heart. To believe more consistently in what He says about me and in myself. To accept that peace is not perfection, but inner stillness and being grounded.
I think PEACE is a good word to have after a year of RELENTLESS.

I wonder...what will your words be in 2018? 
You get to pick anything you like. Life will try to give you many words. Fear, anxiety, doubt, not good enough, not mother enough, not woman enough, not man enough...
But what words will YOU chose?

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

And The Winner is....


Massive thanks to all those who entered the draw for the Story Tree gift voucher. I wrote down all names on little bits of paper, screwed the paper up and put them into a hat. My husband drew one out of the hat at random...


And the winner of the $50 Story Tree gift voucher is.....




Jodie Dort!

My goodness, girl! This must be your month! Someone up there loves you x

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
See you in the new year!





Thursday, December 14, 2017

Story Tree Giveaway



This year has been exceptionally good to me as a writer. God has indeed been good.
I am sitting on some MASSIVE news that I cannot yet share, but to celebrate and give thanks...

I am giving away a $50 gift card for THE STORY TREE! 


This Christmas support local business by shopping local. The Story Tree in Boonah has so many adorable gifts.


Who has little ones on their list this year? Mermaids anyone? I don't think you have to be little to love one of these either. 





What to chose, what to chose??? 

THE STORY TREE has great coffee, tea, cakes, books and gifts. What will you spend your free $50 gift card on?


To Enter, leave a comment on this post or on my Facebook page under this post. 
If you want five free entries simply share this post on Facebook. 

This will be drawn on Wednesday the 20th in time for last minute Christmas shopping OR treat yourself to a coffee and cake! Open to Australian residents only.

Find THE STORY TREE ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/thestorytreeboonah/

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About the writer of this blog: Tabitha Bird is a freelance writer and poet who lives and works in the rural township of Boonah, Australia. Her writing has appeared in Mused Literary Review and MOPS Australia. Her novel, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF WATERS, is a work of literary fiction dusted with magical realism and draws deeply from her personal experiences of healing from childhood trauma. Her husband, three beautiful boys and Chihuahua are all the reasons she needs to believe there is still magic in the world.

Find me at: www.tabithaannbird.com