Last week I was on my way home from Albany, New York after a long and successful day of training. For those of you who don't know, in addition to writing romance, I own a business called Taney Speaker Training that runs corporate workshops in public speaking, leadership, communication skills, team building and more.
At any rate, during the two and a half hour drive home, I got a call from my dad. My mom saw a post on Facebook about the video trailer of UNCLAIMED being featured on USA Today--which was super fun--and in typical Dad fashion, he wanted to call and congratulate me. He then proceeded to ask me about the training and how business is going for TST. I then launched into the litany of things coming down the pipeline. Even though I'd just completed a fantastic day of training and got booked for another before the day was through, I was already thinking about what I had to do next.
My dad then did the best thing anyone could have done for me in that moment. He interrupted me and said, "Hang on. Don't just jump right back on that hamster wheel. Give yourself a break. Think about where you were four years ago. How badly you wanted to quit your day job so that you could write and do the training full time....and now here you are. Tomorrow, take some time to simply appreciate what you've accomplished."
Once again....my father was right.
After we hung up, I spent the rest of the drive thinking about what he said. Life gets so busy and it's easy to forget to take a moment to appreciate how far we've traveled. I looked in the rearview mirror of life and smiled....it's been a long winding road full of hills and valleys...but damn...what a ride!
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