Thursday, September 13, 2018

Day 3249 - The Lovin' Life Linky - Hang in there edition

Constantly experiencing setbacks? 

Me too.  Huge setbacks.  The kind that make you want to walk away. 

But don't give up just yet. Hang in there.  The light will start to shine at the end of the tunnel again soon enough. And if it doesn't, then take a note from Sarah Henderson's book and "stride down there and light the bloody thing yourself".

From where I sit it's been another long winter and the resilience has been a little shaky.

The constant set-backs on my author journey had me rattled.  My distributor went into liquidation right as book 10 is due out and the TV pitch that had been sitting in LA with an animation company failed to get through to the final round.


Shit, shit, shit, shit, SHIT.

The world got dark and the energy seeped.  The hope slowly dying.

After six years of trying to take Charlie to the next level, I don't know how much longer I can keep doing this.  I get so close with key people assuring me she's going to be the next big thing.  Then smack. I get hit in the head with a reality stick that plants me firmly on my arse. Which has left me wondering if perhaps I should just give up and walk away.

Then low and behold the birds started singing, the trees started blossoming, the sun started shining and the lawn mowers started to rumble in the streets around me.  Signs of renewed life.

As we spring into spring I'm finally managing to shake off those winter blues for renewed energy and lovin' life gusto.

I've taken Sarah Henderson's words to heart and am no longer relying on others to turn on the light for me.  This week I took some very long and gleeful strides down the tunnel (possibly fueled by caffeine) and I bloody well turned the light back on myself.

No longer got an international distribution deal?  Then start making phone calls, write a bunch of emails, search the inter-webs and learn how to tap into the world's biggest distributor yourself.

No longer got access to a TV production company? Then talk to the head of the animation school, grab the animation files you've already got for the dancing Charlie gaming app and form a partnership to create a sizzle reel to pitch to major Aussie production companies.

I guess the bottom line is, we all fall on our arses from time to time.  But falling on ones arse can be useful.  We can use those arse sitting moments to: stop, take stock and adjust our approach.  Then we can stand up tall and continue to move forward.

Constantly experiencing setbacks?  Me too. Don't let it beat you. Spring is just around the corner.

How's the light at the end of your tunnel?

Experiencing any challenges lately?

Has spring given you renewed hope and energy?

It's lovin' life linky time! Let us know what you're lovin' about life this week. 


  1. This is a wonderfully inspirational post, Leanne. I'm sure you will achieve what you want with Charlie because you just aren't staying down - you get back up and give it another try! I love the wattle tree and yes Spring is here - what is not to love? Have a beautiful week! #Lovin'Life

  2. Good for you for taking actions to move forward, Leanne. Enjoy Spring beauty! We're heading towards Autumn where I am and it's beautiful, too.

  3. man, I needed to read this today. After a week spending ridiculous hours in teh day job & knowing I have a deadline around the corner & wondering why I'm even bothering...anyways we've talked about this before...& will no doubt talk about it again!

  4. Oh dear...but what a bugger to have to deal with. I have great faith in you and what you want to happen for Cheer Chick Charlie and send all the good vibes to get this done...and excited to know that in 3 weeks we are catching up!! Denyse x

  5. Shit happens!!! When I am working with students on finding their own solution - we talk about "don't wait for someone to open the door for you, just open it yourself." Exactly what you are doing. Keep it up girl!!!!

  6. Good on you for taking things into your own hands to make your dreams happen, Leanne. I agree. The weather warming up and the longer days also help me rediscover my get up and go.

    SSG xxx

  7. I have no doubt that you will achieve all that you want to Leanne. You have an amazing attitude and energy and drive that I very much admire. :-) #TeamLovinLife

  8. I love your attitude Leanne - it fits really well with my post today on choosing how you look at the ups and downs of midlife. I am so impressed with your "go gett 'em" attitude - I'd have thrown in the towel long ago - victory comes to the valiant!!

  9. It's hard to know when is giving up time and when is the kick up the ass and persist time. I've been wondering that about a lot of things recently.

  10. Great attitude there. I always say, if you get knocked down in life don't lay in fetal position and wimper, get up and fight again. All it takes is one yes answer.

    Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

  11. I admire your spirit and tenacity Leanne. Life does throw us lots of curveballs and we can either let them knock us down or learn how to dodge them. My biggest challenge has been the sale of our home, finding a place to rent and the preparations of building a new home in a new town. Lots of curveballs - believe me!!! But I'm still standing and hopefully the worst is over for the time being.

  12. Life has a way of not cooperating with our dreams, plans and aspirations, and you've certainly had your share with this project. I love the thought that when you don't see the light at the end of the tunnel, go down there and light it yourself! That's a keeper.


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