A long, long time ago, in a place right around the metaphorical corner from where I am now, I had an argument (shocking, right?) with a co-worker. I was telling him that I had just quit my other job because my managers and co-workers never said “thank you.” I could come in, pull a double shift, work my arse off, bail out my co-workers when they got weeded, do it all with a smile and at the end of the shift… Nothing. No “nice work”, “good job tonight”, “Thanks for busting arse.” or pat on the back. It was always just, “Where’s my share of your tips?”
Honestly, the tipping out, I had no problem with. And I always thanked the people I was giving a cut to – they’d helped keep my shift running smoothly after all.
My co-worker told me that that was just stupid. “Your paycheck is the thank you.”
No, my paycheck was their legal obligation.
“Thank you” is what lets people know they are more than just a cog in the machine.
“Thank you” lets people know that you see them.
“Thank you” makes people feel appreciated and valued.
This year (all 19 days of it) has been filled to the brim with gratitude. I am near to bursting with it and I need to take a moment to let a little spill out.
I am so very honored to have the clients I have. Thank you all so much for your business, your referrals and your friendships.
Mad thanks to all my readers who put up with my rants, my raves and my complete inability to stick to a theme, topic or niche on this blog.
I am so very privileged to live in an area filled with great writer’s groups and to be able to be an active member of those groups.
Thank you for your support, for the many opportunities you offer me, both to learn and to teach.
Thank you for the friendships you have sparked and nurtured.
(Special extra thanks to Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. You know why.)
I am fortunate to have a network of amazing, supportive, inspiring, fantastic friends. You all do so much every day to make me smile and make my heart sing.
I wish you all the same joy you give me.
I am deeply thankful to be back in the beautiful, inspiring, amazing state of Colorado.
It is home. It is where my heart is.
Last, thanks to all the authors and publishers who continue to send me books and honor me with the chance to be a first reader – and early advocate for your work.
Extra special thanks to Marissa Meyer and MacMillan.
I am so flattered to be included in the new paperback release of Cinder.
Loved the book. Love this.
Can’t wait to get Scarlet!