Celebrating Independence

I hope everyone enjoyed their Independence yesterday!  I have to say that I’m thankful to live in a place where I can express myself through art and writing freely.  I’m grateful to have a roof over my head, and to never lack for food.  Being a foodie, maybe I indulge a little much.  There’s a reason I’ll never be too skinny.

Yesterday, I grew tired of having the same old food and I opted to try a new Indian restaurant so that I could get my thinly stuffed lamb crumbles in a flatbread.  Another thing to be thankful for – I can have hotdogs and Indian food in the same day.  I drooled the whole way home with the smell of hot iron grilled butter, dough, and lamb wafting in the air.  My tin can on wheels was a different kind of slow cooker the other day to rival Texas. 

I patted my beloved and said, “Just last a few more years.”  I don’t like investing in something that depreciates immediately off the lot.  I don’t know if I’ll every buy a brand new car again.  If I lived in a bigger city that had larger scale transportation options, I might not need any tin can.  Not to mention that I don’t always feel safe riding the ones we do have.  I know.  I’m grew up in the suburbs of Minnesota.  I shouldn’t feel like I’m in New York or downtown Chicago. 

Maybe I’m traumatized by my experiences at Theme Parks.  For some reason, all the characters in Theme Parks decided to come up to me.  Some younger people might enjoy this but it’s the equivalent of someone in a clown costume from the IT for me.  I wanted to be left alone to wander and enjoy the scenes, not get stopped every few feet buy a princess that smiled too widely, have giant mouse with rounded ears block my path, or have all the werewolves and other night creatures in Universal Studios stalk me.

Maybe it’s my timing.  My husband has been witness to the line that forms when I go places.  How many times have I said that we got there before the crowd.  The characters in costume were just eager to greet one of the first few people in the Theme Park :).  I do like being first in line and planning to get to places in the odd hours before the crowd shows up.  I don’t know about you but I hate waiting in line. 

Back to the beginning point, I hope you celebrated this weekend by enjoying your Independence.  I know I have some readers in difference places around the world.  I hope you can take a moment to fill up your gratitude list.  If you’re at a loss or not in a good place right now, then I’m sending you thoughts of hope.  I’m not going to quote anything like some other gurus.  Hold on and find your strategy (make sure it’s legal and helpful instead of harmful) to get through tough times.  There are people waiting to hear from you.

My posts are Monday through Friday. You can find a copy of my new Writer’s Journal at https://www.amazon.com/Writers-Journal-Writing-Prompts-Notes/dp/B0931QRL7C.

~Yoon Ju

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I’m an author in Minnesota who started out writing and illustrating Children’s books. I’ve published poetry and adult Romance Novels. I created my website and social media to reach out to other writers because the process can be lonely. I wanted to reach out to readers, writers, and those with a dream of finishing “that” novel. I share the advice of other writers and the tools I use to create my stories.

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