20150328_080314Today I’m celebrating my 100th post of 2015—and it isn’t easy. I’ve been sitting at my laptop for almost two hours trying to come up with something interesting to say and I’ve written one sentence.

In that time I’ve made dinner, watched Youtube videos at the urgent insistence of one son, and the other one is playing his favorite episodes of Scrubs for me with a running dialogue. I’ve had a lively discussion about the best way to microwave vegetables and I’ve overseen a minor disagreement between the boys about whether the okra should be oven baked or fried.

It’s not easy being a writer, or a mom… painter … doctor … newspaper reporter… martial artist… garbage collector… My point is that nothing done well is ever easy, but we press on. We have to, or quit.

If I wait for the perfect moment to write a brilliant post, it will never happen. There will never be a 100th post, a new book or any form of growth. If we ever want to succeed, we must always, always strive on.

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.       -Marie Curie

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By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at authortunities.substack.com.

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