Not in pieces

WorkingHow much can change in a week? In my experience, everything. Last Friday I was stumbling into the weekend stressed out and upset. I felt like a spin-top on its final rotations ready to careen off into the sunset.

A week later I feel more like myself. I’m getting the hang of my new duties to the point of feeling confident… somewhat. I’ve been able dig back into my reading pile and finish off and review two books this week. I no longer feel like my heart is pounding the inside of my chest trying to break free of this madness.

Today I’m celebrating peace and survival…. and survival not in pieces. I’m celebrating cats that have traveled on to new places we can’t yet follow and catching up with good friends. I’m celebrating life knowing that there is always hope for brighter times ahead as long as we keep moving forward. I’m celebrating that I can celebrate.

Celebrate blog hopToday’s post is part of the Celebrate the Small Things Blog Hop hosted by Lexa Cain, L.G. Keltner at Writing Off The Edge and Katie at TheCyborgMom. To be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is put your name on the linky list and then post every Friday about something you’re grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life. (Originated by VikLit)

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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2 Responses to Not in pieces

  1. I like the “celebrating that I can celebrate.” How true for all of us.

  2. Lexa Cain says:

    I’m sorry that last week was so stressful for you. At least things have gotten better now – and I hope they continue to improve. Thanks again for the review! Made my day…my WEEK!

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