This season of giving is not only about sharing with others but also reflecting on what we are thankful for in our lives. Over the course of 20 years, I have invested copious amounts of time, resources, and energy into my role as a communications professional. Throughout my career, I have lent my talents to advancing the goals of several organizations and individuals.

In August of 2019, I published my first fiction novel, Betera’s Factor, yet I have neglected shouting my accomplishment from the rooftops. If I could spent half my life marketing the services and missions of others, why have not been able to do so for myself?

Many people want to complete a novel, but for some, their fear of rejection instills doubt in their creative abilities and inhibits their progress towards their goal. I now realize that I have allowed my own fears to deter me from celebrating what is certainly an immense achievement. However, I have resolved to do this no longer.

I was out with my sister at a restaurant one evening and struck up a conversation about my favorite novels with a couple at a nearby table. The conversation eventually turned to which books I might recommend to them. I started naming a few titles, but my sister stopped me mid-sentence to question, “Why aren’t you telling them about your book?”

That was my “ah-ha” moment. That was when I recognized I should put as much energy into promoting myself as I do others. I am thankful for my sister, my friends, and everyone who has told me to put myself out there. I also am thankful for possessing a gift I can share with the world. If there is something you do that needs celebrating, do not be afraid to step forward and shout it to the rooftops. The results of your efforts may surprise and even inspire you.

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