Look up at what you have achieved 2



Always remember to smile and look up at what you got in life

Marilyn Monroe

July marks the middle of the year, and it is a good time to reflect. Often we get bogged down in all the other things we want to do for the remaining months. We see the last 6 months of the year stretching before us and we feel like we don’t have enough time to get it all done. We wonder where the year has gone, in the working, and the school lunches, and the study, and the housework. We wonder if there is enough time left in the year to achieve our dreams.

But in fact, July is a good time to look up from the everyday work of doing. Whatever that looks like for you, look around and actually notice how far you have come.

Over the past few years I have written a book on grief, Beauty in the Ashes: Learning to Lament, which has just been released on the 4th July. Needless to say I am very excited, but the biggest surprise to me has been the reaction of my friends from the girls’ school. So many of them are saying to me, “Wow, that’s amazing, now I know a published author.”

I have been in the midst of the writing, and the editing, and the publishing, for over three years, so I know the work that is involved in being a writer. I am also part of a community of writers. Many of my community have published numerous books, so when I compare myself to them I feel like I am just starting on this journey of writing. I feel like this one book is not so much of an achievement.

The fact is that I have been head down, hands on keyboard, so occupied in my work in my little space and my little community for a good few years.

But now I have finished my work, and raised my head to look around, and find that actually this thing I have been working on is quite an achievement. Actually, it is something worth celebrating, and actually, it is amazing to call myself an author.

If you are looking for a great tool to help you reflect on what you have achieved this year check out Amanda Viviers reflective daybook Reset.


About Jodie McCarthy

Jodie is a full time mother, part-time writer and sometime poet. As a third culture kid she lived in Europe and Asia for ten years. While now living happily in Perth with her husband and two daughters, the travel bug has never left her. She writes about the journey of life: the beautiful; the painful; the everyday; and the mundane. She has a heart for encouraging others wherever they are on their journey. On the days when she is not writing you will find her in her kitchen, usually licking the beaters from a chocolate cake. You can follow her journey at jodiemccarthy.com

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2 thoughts on “Look up at what you have achieved

  • Elaine Fraser

    It is amazing to look at what you’ve achieved. When we’re surrounded by so many brilliant people it’s easy to discount our own achievements. I often suffer from a case of I’m-not-in-their-league.

    You’ve published another book! Yay! You’re definitely an established writer now. Look up from your desk and enjoy the moments. Xxxxooo