I finished the first draft of my children’s story titled “The Pillow Thief.” I’m looking for an illustrator and it will be translated into Spanish. This story will be the first book published under my new children’s press, SundanceKid Press.
This week has been a long week. It gets frustrating and depressing with the yelling, stalking and harassment – not to mention the fear for my own life. I continue to chant for victory, happiness and justice. The situation as it stands today is definitely not justice. I keep praying, and hope for the best possible outcome. This Sunday will be my soccer team’s last game. If we win, we’ll definitely be in first place. I have the most fun when I’m playing soccer, so I hope we’re not rained out!
I haven’t spent quite as much time writing lately. I should probably get back to writing on a more regular basis. I think I’m going to continue writing about my experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. I started another memoir on this subject last year, but I didn’t get very far. I’ve only written a few pages. I have a lot of great memories from my Peace Corps experience, so I think this will be a great topic to write about. I even had a cover designed!
Right now, I’m focusing on staying positive. It really takes a lot of effort on some days for me to shift my thoughts away from negative or angry thinking. With the help of my husband, I’ve developed a variety of different strategies to shift my focus when my thinking gets really negative. I’ll chant, watch a funny YouTube video, listen to music, think of a happy memory, call or text a friend, read something encouraging in one of my Buddhist publications, or think of everything in my life I have to be thankful for. A couple of days ago, I really determined to live each day with joy and appreciation. When life or other people get me down, I really need to think about how fortunate I really am. I have so much in my life that many others don’t.
All the same, I still have the desire to accomplish my goals in life, so I know that I can’t give up.