End of Summer Inspiration

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill


It’s the last week of summer vacation at my house, and I’ve spent the past few days purchasing everything my little monkey will need for school this year. The pencils are sorted, his clothes are folded, and his new backpack is hanging on the back of the chair at the new desk in his bedroom. With this level of organization and preparedness, I can’t help but remember this time last year.

Last August, I was going through a rough patch on all levels of my life. I was struggling to complete and turn in HOW TO LOSE A LORD IN 10 DAYS OR LESS on time to my new editor. We were moving to a house on the other side of the city, a house that required a massive renovation before we could live there. The little monkey was already late starting school, and that was before the house flooded on move-in day. Then, he was extremely late to school. There was a constant stream of misfortune that followed my family for months.

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But, then something happened—we survived it. The house became more and more habitable every day. The little monkey finally started school. I turned in my book. And, everything else in our lives slowly fell into place. It was a struggle, but with small steps in the right direction, we crawled out of the pit we’d fallen into.


Why am I telling this story other than I’m feeling nostalgic today? Because bad days happen. Sometimes bad weeks, bad months, or even bad years happen. There are times when life is nothing but a pile of roadblocks to our goals, but I think the bad is balanced by good if you’re willing to fight to reach for it.

Whether your roadblocks look like form rejections from agents, sales numbers of your latest release, the word count of your manuscript, a stack of bills to pay, a house to renovate, or the number on the scale in your bathroom floor, you can overcome it through small steps every day in the right direction.

I’ve spent the past year putting my life, and my house, together after disaster. And today, I’m celebrating progress, not completion of my goals, but progress.
My little boy is about to start school—on time and prepared.
I’m back on the treadmill attempting to shed the pounds I acquired since the great flood of 2013.
My first 3 books are on book shelves, and I was able to sign them for the first time at RWA.
My fabulous agent just sold my new series, The Spare Gentlemen’s Society, to Sourcebooks in a 4 book deal!
…Do you like how I slipped that in there like the fourth item on a grocery list? *grins* With this great news, I now have a new mountain to climb—a 4 book mountain! And, I’ll climb it one word at a time, one step at a time, and one day at a time.

My small daily steps toward my new goals include walking 2 miles and writing 1,000 words every day for the next year. Keep me honest, Bad Girlz, alright? Whatever your goal, you can reach it! Even if by the end of your journey your hands look like this. It’s just an excuse for a spa day.


What small step toward your goal are you taking every day? Let’s celebrate progress!

~E. Michels


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