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Take Another Step


"The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Taking the next step
This past weekend, I was privileged to get to cover a local TEDx event for my job as a magazine writer. The topics inspired, provoked, and moved me. But the biggest takeaway I had was how every one of these speakers, whether I agreed with their ideas or not, were doing their part to make a difference in the world.

The great thing about my job at Move Up is that the focus is unerringly positive. I get to write 8-10 feel-good stories about people in or from my area every quarter. After two and a half years, it is easy to see the common theme about the people I interview—they are doing their part to make a difference in the world.

Some of the people have influenced hundreds or even hundreds of thousands of others. Some of them have made a difference in only a single small community. But whether their impact was small or big, each person started their journey with one thing: a single step. And then kept going.

This is nothing new, is it? We've all heard the quote about a journey of a thousand miles starting with a single step. In fact, we've probably heard it a thousand times! But I think sometimes we underestimate how far along the road we already are. Or how the next step is just as important as that first one was.

Last summer, Jimmy Lefebvre of Grande Prairie, Alberta walked 5,215 km (3,241 miles) across Canada to the grave of the father he'd buried the year before on Prince Edward Island. He did it to raise money for cancer. And he did it with his entire family following him in a motor home for four months.

In his speech on Saturday night, he told us to not become overwhelmed by the entire length of the remaining journey.

"When it's hard, focus on the next step," he said. "Remember your goal and keep working towards it. There are going to be challenges and problems, but if you take the next step, you can get past them. The momentum that comes from taking the next step builds and grows and carries you to your destination."

Sometimes, I get worn out from the steps I've already taken. I forget that I'm on the long haul and that the reason the next step seems hard is because I've already taken so many steps to get to where I am. But I'm not at ground zero, though it might feel like it. And even if I am, even if I am starting something new, that next step is the only step I need to focus on right now.

The next step—whether it's my first or my five thousandth—means I'm taking action. I'm working to improve my life and the lives of others.

In other words, I'm doing my part to make a difference in the world.

The next time you feel overwhelmed by the road you are on, remember you are only one step away from being one step closer to your goal.

So take a moment to pause and see how far you've come. Notice the view from here. Realize that if you've made it this far, you can make it that far again.

Then take the next step.
 

"A dream becomes a goal when action is taken towards its achievement."
- Bo Bennett

The Undine's Tear by Talena Winters

Update on my Fiction:

As you read this, my editor has The Undine's Tear, and as any writer will tell you, that's always a nerve-wracking time in the life of a book. (Okay, there are a LOT of nerve-wracking moments, but this is one of them.) But thanks to the great feedback of my VIBRs (Very Important Beta Readers), I feel pretty confident that the book will have only minor editing to do when she sends it back to me.

That means—knock on wood—this book could be coming out as early as May. I'll keep you posted.

For now, the Goodreads page is up! If you're on Goodreads, it would be a big help if you went and added it to your "To-read" shelf. Others see that in your feed, and it's an easy way to spread the word. Thanks in advance!

See Book on Goodreads
Up In Smoke, the sci-fi short story I wrote for Constellate eZine, will be available on February 15. If you haven't already checked out this Canadian-centric spec-fic digital magazine, you can do that here.

From the Blog:

Winters' Day In blog - Mae Renfroe: Surrendered to God

Mae Renfroe: Surrendered to God

Mae Renfroe lost her second-eldest son, Clayton, in a quadding accident in April of 2017 at the age of fourteen. Mae and I both hope you will be encouraged by her story.

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Winters' Day In blog - Working with Impostor Syndrome

From the Archives: Working with Impostor Syndrome

This newsletter from last January received so much feedback that I decided to repost it on my blog this year. If you ever feel like a fraud or let fear hold you back, check this out.

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What I'm Reading


Just a quick list, nothing fancy, to let you know what I've read within the last month or am actively reading. If I like it, you might, too. Links go to Goodreads.

Fiction:
Divergent - Veronica Roth (5 Stars)
Talena Winters' books on talenawinters.com

Be an author's hero!

As much as I love it when someone tells me that they loved my book, I would much rather they told other people!

That's because your simple review can make an enormous difference to the success of my books. It doesn't have to be long—just a rating and a sentence or two will help. However, if you want to put a little more thought into it, check out my 2-Minute Review Writing Boot Camp.

So if you haven't already left a review for a book of mine that you've read, please go do it now—even if there were things you didn't like. It still helps, honest.

And if you haven't read my books yet? Please go leave a review for another book you've read. You'll make the author's day. :-)

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Until next time, remember that whether your goal this year is to lose weight, check something off your bucket list, overcome a personal issue, or climb Mount Everest:

Every step matters.

Seek beauty, spread sunshine!



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