I'm so pleased to be involved with an awesome group of folks in the DFW Ready Writers. They are a local chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers. Last Saturday, I got to go to the January meeting of the group and the new president, Janice Olsen, suggested that we, as writers, can learn a lot more from our failures than we can from our successes.
Seems like that's true of anybody, though. When I taught elementary, we had a discipline expert come in with a discussion on empowering the students. Her focus was to teach them that their behavior is
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Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.
2012/January at 9:56 pm
I know for me it isn't a matter of failing its a fear of stopping… what I see here on your blog is success!! Trying your best and reaching.. Way to go!!!!
2012/January at 3:32 pm
errm fail? where!? I don't see any failures here! We may learn from our failures but we need to be proud of our achievements too – and you have achieved loads this week alone! 😀
2012/January at 12:59 am
Thanks for the encouragement! I really don't like to do the failure thing, but I know it's gonna happen, sometimes a lot! Looking forward to better things to report this time next week!
2012/January at 12:58 am
What an awesome quote. I'll have to save that! Thanks for sharing!
2012/January at 6:02 pm
You sure are a busy girl. lol. But you certainly are productive, I'll give you that. Way to go!
2012/January at 5:28 pm
Marji, I'm with Jessica. My goodness, you're impressive. :-)Great job at keeping at your goals. I agree that the mistakes and failures are required for success.
2012/January at 3:29 pm
So I have to share my favorite failure vs. success quote:"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." -Theodore Roosevelt I love that you are embracing the idea that from our struggles and failures often come our greatest successes!I'd say you had a stellar week! A medieval prom?? How cool is that?Keep your chin up…you're doing just fine!
2012/January at 1:14 pm
Great goals! You're right about failure. It can definitely teach us more than success if we embrace it and learn from it. Good luck this week!
2012/January at 12:21 pm
Great goals, Marji. The exercise part seems the most difficult for me, because I feel productive (not to mention see results faster, lol) in my writing life moreso than my waistline!
2012/January at 11:19 am
Thanks for the encouragement! This round, I'm working on balance so I pulled in more goals than just writing ones.
2012/January at 11:18 am
Hoping to have more successes than failures, though! 🙂
2012/January at 9:19 am
My head spins looking at all your goals! 🙂
2012/January at 8:44 am
That's a great attitude to have about failure. Keep knocking out those goals 🙂
2012/January at 5:59 am
Wow, what an inspiring set of goals! You are right, it is through failure that our greatest learning opportunities come. Congrats on hitting your goals and keeping your priorities straight.