Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Fifty States of Pray

A special post today as I participate in Mark Koopmans' 50 States of Pray. 

Click here for details.

Christmas is a religious time for me, but this isn't going to be a religious post. 

It's a post about my reflections on the past year or the one coming. The year 2013 was a crazy busy one for me. Some of it I was in control of and some of it I was not. Upon reflection, I think I could have done better with my time prioritization.

As hard as I'm working on this writing thing, it's easy for the deadlines (and writing and editing and marketing) to consume my life. It's easy for those pressures to make me lose sight of what's important:
The people I love.

So my hope for 2014 is that I will do better with the juggling of my few precious discretionary hours each day.
Merry Christmas
(or whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year)

And a happy birthday tomorrow to my mother who was a Christmas baby. 
She died when I was fourteen--
another reminder of why I need to make the time with my loved ones count.

Yesterday at Shipwrecks Beach.


  1. Light a special candle for your mother, Donna.
    Have a blessed Christmas.

  2. Hi, Donna. I hope that you find it easier to balance everything out in 2014. Merry Christmas!

  3. In the end, it's always about people/family and our relationships. May you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a most joyous New Year!

  4. time can be hard to juggle indeed, sure you will get everything up to speed

  5. For you, Christmas is a double blessing...
    Have a wonderful & peaceful Christmas, Donna!
    Writer In Transit

  6. I lost my father when I was 11 and it's never easy. Merry Christmas.

  7. Hugs in memory of your mother. I lost my first husband on Christmas day. He left behind his boys. They were three and five at the time. It's been a long time, but we always honor him on Christmas. Merry Christmas to you!

  8. Joy and sorrow mixed up together,
    Have a blessed time ahead,
    The beach picture is a lovely one
    well captured.
    Keep Going
    Our prayers
    Phil & Ann

  9. Sorry your Mum died when you were so young.
    Time is difficult to juggle. Hope you take more time to breathe next year.
    Happy Christmas

  10. Now she can watch over you all year round. Sorry your mother died when you were so young but you are a kind and vibrant person Donna. Every new year brings it's ups and down. I think you'll accomplish plenty next year. Merry Christmas.

  11. Aloha Donna,

    We shall add a prayer for your Mom tonight - and may your memory of her never grow dim.

    Thanks so much for participating and supporting 50 States and I wish you and yours a very happy (and peaceful!) Christmas and a family-filled New Year (with a bit of writing snuck in whenever you can :)

  12. I hope you manage to juggle better, and if you do could you share your secrets?! Hope you have a lovely Christmas,I can't imagine the mixed emotions you must have xx
    Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe

  13. Yes, I do appreciate my Mom and Dad. Each year I get to spend with them is one more year for my memories. Mom is seventy something and Dad is 90. Merry Christmas.

  14. It's very hard to lose our parents ~ I'm sorry that you lost your mom so young! I always feel my mother and father close to me at Christmas. I hope you are having a great day. Good luck with your balancing next year. It's a constant battle for me!

  15. Hi Donna - I'm so sorry you lost your mother when you were so young - but I can quite understand why the moments with your family are now so precious ..

    Have a wonderful year ahead ... and that beach photo is gorgeous .. cheers Hilary

  16. So true. Sometimes being a writer makes me forget to live life with my loved ones.

    Have a wonderful 2014. :-)

  17. It's not always easy to prioritize, especially when we love to write. Blessings upon you and your family! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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