Today was the BEST day. Okay, I woke up with a sore throat, was unbearably cold and headache-y in Borders while writing, but it was STILL the best day.
When I started my day job (another self-employed business thing), I worked into it gradually. No business plan, not even a business card. After I had a handful of clients, I decided I ought to figure this business stuff out. I went to Borders, bought nearly everything they had on running a business, marketing, and self-employment.
But I never saved my first dollar. I never took pride in the beginning of something I'd looked forward to. I never noticed my very first step.
When I started writing, it was a lark. An erotic fiction site I regularly visited (*blush*) offered a story contest, and an idea occurred to me. I thought, what a fun idea! I finished my first story since high school, and won honorable mention. Then I expanded it into a novella, and I got a little check. I don't remember it. The idea of making writing a career didn't occur to me until well after my fourth or fifth novella. Then I started dreaming about it.
So again, I missed my first step. I have nothing saved from those early beginnings.
But today, something really cool happened. As you guys know, I'm totally psyched about starting a *real* career. I know I'm kinda doing it, but it's not under my "real name."
Okay, maybe you ought to stop reading, 'cause I'm going to tell you just how uncool and silly I am.
So remember that essay I wrote? I know it's not a big deal, but it's the first thing under my *real name.* Today I got the check! I couldn't stop grinning. DH had to unclasp my fingers and pry the thing from my hands so he could go deposit the money.
You wanna know why I'm so in love with him?
He came back with a box of chocolates AND--get this--the letter and check copied together and FRAMED.
Isn't he the best, most awesome guy, ever? I feel like the luckiest girl alive. No matter how little or far I get in this business, I don't want to ever forget how lucky I am.
Anything you wish you had noticed? Wish you had saved? Any moments that you want to save forever?