Wednesday, December 6, 2017

IWSG - December 2017



It’s time for another group posting of the IWSG: Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month and encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.


Be sure to link to IWSG and display the badge in your post.

IWSG is the brainchild of our noble Ninja Captain and leader Alex J. Cavanaugh


Every month, a question is offered that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional.


December 6 question - As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?


Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG

IWSG's awesome co-hosts for the December 6 posting of the IWSG are Julie Flanders,Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner!

Be sure to stop by and thank them for their time. 



I admitted to a friend a few days ago that over the course of the year I had lost my confidence. So much had happened safety and health-wise that I found myself waiting for the next bomb to drop. This dear friend looked at me and nodded. She said it was natural for me to feel this way. The problems I'd faced had come out of nowhere and continue as such for almost the entire year. One thing happened after another.

She helped me realize that I'm not the only one out there who feels this way. We sit here waiting for the year to end in hopes that all our fears will end with it. 

What is confidence? The ability to have faith and to believe everything will be alright. And don't we generally feel that way? Until stuff happens. And more stuff. Life isn't always compliant. Nor should it be. But while we're in the thick of things, it is very nice to have IWSG to go to. Thank you, Alex.




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40 comments :

  1. I need to set myself up on Carter Novels.
    Even when crap piles on, I know Who wins in the end. And it will be all right.
    I hope you have a much better 2018.

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  2. I feel like I'm always losing my confidence. But we have to pick back up and keep going! We are in this together.

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  3. You need to set some small goals and get that confidence back. It's been a really tough year for you and hopefully the dust is settling now.

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  4. Your post and our series of challengs are nearly a parallel. Yup, life ain't always compliant. I continue to seek solutions and opportunities to "...spread a little sunshine" (by Jack Lemmon). You are a brave soul and shine a light of joy on all you meet.

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  5. I sometimes get into a mood where I'm always waiting for the shoe to drop. It's hard to concentrate on writing when that happens. Fortunately, most of the time I'm blissfully unaware of what's going on around me.

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    1. I like that feeling, too. People call it naivety. I like to think of it as almost full glass. Thanks, Ken.

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  6. I so understand what you're saying here. For me, I've discovered that confidence is that invisible substance that makes me kick myself and keep going although things look awfully bleak.
    Wishing you all the best and a safe crossover into 2018.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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  7. I'm sorry you've had such a tough year. I hope the New Year brings you much joy and happiness. Cheers - Ellen

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  8. Yes on having the IWSG to turn to for comfort and support! Wishing you a better, happier, more confident 2018! :)

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  9. My goodness, after what you experienced this year, Joylene, you are entitled to a blip in confidence! I truly believe that everything comes out all right in the end. You just have to keep moving through all the tough stuff until you come out at the end. I think you're amazing, my friend! I am very grateful for the IWSG. Take care!

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  10. I like it here too for that very reason. Hope next year brings you much happiness. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  11. I had lost my confidence this year due to depression. It was tough, and it took me a long time to get that faith and confidence back, but I have it again. I hope we can both hold on to that confidence for next year. Hugs!

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    1. Yes. Let's get that joy back. Thank, Chrys.

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  12. I feel for ya. It has been a rolling pin of tough knocks for me too. I am ready for them to stop. Wishing you a peaceful and joyful 2018.

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  13. I hear you. Don't give up. Our fears don't end w/ the end of the year, but it doesn't mean that we don't see new hope! Breathe. Keep moving forward!
    Thank you for participating!
    Heather
    Co-host, IWSG

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    1. Thank you for co-hosting, Heather. Best to you in the new year.

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  14. I hope that 2018 is a better year for you, Joylene. I was lucky to have some supportive friends this year - some from IWSG - but there are times when those supportive words are not heard..when everything is sludge. Keep battling on, fellow warrior. :-)

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  15. I so understand this post. While my year went fairly well, the end has been a disaster and it looks as if that disaster's going to carry on into 2018. Here's to keeping on going!

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    1. Sorry to hear that, Lee. Yes, we will carry on. Like Roland says. Best to you.

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  16. A new year is coming, Joylene. It will be much better than this year.
    BTW, I saw your post about Carter books and checked them out. I too signed up.

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    1. That's great to hear, Hank. Best to you in the New Year.

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  17. I totally feel you with the hit. I lamented earlier this week that it was in January that my husband hurt his foot, and with it being December now, that's a full year of injury and mishap to deal with. But the new year is coming. Maybe it'll be healthier and less injury prone!

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    1. I sure hope so, Loni. Best to you and your family at Christmas and throughout the new year.

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  18. I am hoping that 2018 will be a better year for you! May your confidence come back in full force. :) Health and happiness too! It's been quite a year for a lot of people.
    ~Jess

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  19. Hi Joylene,

    You've had it pretty rough, my remarkable friend. Yet, I do know that your fragility from a confidence blow will be a learning experience that will make 2018 the year it all gets back on track.

    In empathy for a better year ahead, your friend, Gary

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  20. 'Life isn't always compliant' - very true.

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