How Will You Celebrate – OHE Giveaway

flower-9Often people let the little and the big accomplishments go by without acknowledging their achievements let alone celebrating them. Whenever we reach one goal we say, “Okay what’s next?’ without even pausing. Have you thought about how you would celebrate when you complete your manuscript, get it published, and/or make the top 100 list?

This post has two messages to it. One, I hope you take the time to celebrate your moments. Two, if you haven’t achieved these things yet for you to plan how you would celebrate down to the little details.

I believe in the power of the mind, setting intentions, collaging and writing down my goals. In the past if I didn’t do these things it seemed like I didn’t reach my goals or it took much, much longer.

I am going to collage and write down my goals about how I am going to celebrate reaching the top 100 list. I am going to celebrate by treating myself to a spa day. It isn’t something I have ever done but always wanted to. I am going to get the works, massage, pedicure, manicure, facial, and maybe even a mud bath.


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Morgan Dragonwillow: Poet , author of Wild Woman Waking & Dancing within Shadow, massage therapist and facilitator of magical journeys who (mostly) doesn't let her fears get in the way of her passion for writing and creating. When she isn't working with clients, writing or dancing you can find her encouraging and supporting her writing community at #StoryDam,Β #OctPoWriMo, &Β #PoetsonthePage You can also find her onΒ Google+


  1. I smiled, and leaned away from the computer screen. Hands flutter like hummingbird wings above the keyboard – like spiders, tapdancing, unsure. Mentally I compile a collection, my celebration buried in the work still to come.

    Sixty printed pages,
    a book. still unbound
    the old doubts rear up, angry serpents
    momentarily extinguished.
    I will. I won’t.
    I will
    this time.

  2. I’m bad about not celebrating. When I finish a MS I tweet a hooray and that’s it. Although, I do tend to take a break and relax, so I guess that can be a form of celebration. If I ever made it into the top 100 on Amazon, you would probably hear me squeeing and I’d annoy Twitter with my excitement. Then I’d go back to writing or procrastinating – whatever I was doing before I discovered my book in the top 100.

  3. I freeze and check, just one more time. I was actually in the top 100? I jump around the room for a minute, screaming and yelling “I did it!” before sitting back down. My fingers start to cramp as I tell all of my friends, family, and Twitter. When my fingers can barely take it anymore, I push them for a few more minutes, just long enough to type a blog post, and then I get off the computer.

    I pick up my cat and bounce around with her for a minute, telling her “I did it!” My siblings come in and I run and hug them, despite how nasty they are, telling them my news.

    “Congratulations!” they say, though they’re not really sure why it’s such a big deal. I accept their congratulations before running to my room, throwing myself on the bed as I call my cousin. “She’ll get it,” I tell myself as I dial. When she doesn’t answer I groan, but leave her a voicemail, telling her to call me as soon as she can.

    The rumble outside my window draws my attention and I peek out to see the Hulk coming down the driveway.

    I run down the stairs and launch myself at my Mom when she walks through the door. “Mom, MOM!!” I yell, spinning her around. “I’m in the top 100!”

  4. I haven’t got a book published yet and I am yet to begin working on my manuscript. But one of my poems was selected for being published in an anthology, that brought me so much joy. I wasn’t at home when the mail arrived confirming that one of my entry was selected, my sister received the mail and had called me. The joy in her voice that my poem would be published made me so much more happier πŸ™‚
    I celebrated it by taking out my family and friends for a lunch and then .

    As far as my manuscript is concerned I am still at beginning it. I plan to complete the rough draft during NaNoWriMo this november. If everything goes well and if it gets published , I would be jumping beyond cloud nine. I would treat myself by going on a vacation to a beach , most probably Goa and spend a week there remembering and relishing my journey in writing.

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