Thursday, November 27, 2014

30 Days of Thankfulness + Big Giveaway #27

Welcome to November and Unwritten's next BIG event, 30 Days of Thankfulness, featuring a tremendous giveaway that will be PERFECT for a reader on your Christmas list...or a gift for yourself!!! We are giving away a...

Yep, you heard me right, but that's not all. All authors participating in this month's event have also generously donated a Kindle copy of one of their books so you'll already have some great stories to read when you curl up with your new Kindle!! To enter, just complete all the easy entries on the Rafflecopter on the bottom of this page. Today let's hear from author Amber Skye Forbes to tell you about some things she's thankful for :

            This year has been difficult for me. I have gone through several mental health crises that have made it difficult for me to be thankful about anything. I was hospitalized in October after a traumatic event and being in a mixed episode for bipolar disorder. It was a 24-hour suicide watch. Yet, these things have strengthened me, and that is what I am grateful for. I am grateful for the strength I have gained this year through everything that has happened to me.
            Many of us do not think we are strong. Many of us do not think we are strong enough. As someone with PTSD, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, I fall prey to thinking this copious amounts of time. I am a survivor of these things that have happened to me this year. I am a survivor because of my strength, my willingness to fight through the pain and still go after what I want. I have become more compassionate and understanding. I was already these things, but continuously building strength without letting the world harden you magnifies these qualities of mine each time I have nothing left but strength I have to grasp on to. After all, when there is nothing left, strength is all you can grab to survive. It may be merely surviving, but strength will soon help you live.
            As a marketer for Southern Siding, this job constantly reminds me that I am strong because it is a goal-oriented job. My job seems so simple on the surface, but it is unlike retail or working in food service. It’s a job that requires fight and determination. It’s a job that requires you to read Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Win Friends & Influence People. It’s a job that empowers me, it’s a job that reminds me what I have in life, and it’s a job that pushes me toward the future.
            You would think writing would do this for me—and to a certain extent it does. However, my passion for ballet, another love of my life, does instill confidence in me, because, for me, ballet is MUCH harder than writing. I know I am a good writer. I don’t need to be told that. Of course I can always improve. That’s what I strive to do with each story I write. I want each book I write to be better than the last. Yet, with ballet, you continually learn new things, you continually learn new exercises. When you grasp these things, when you can get an exercise that was so difficult at first, you are filled with a sense of pride, confidence, and strength. My job as a marketer does the same for me. Writing is so subjective. Some will hate your work. Others won’t. But ballet and my job are objective.

            Thus, I am grateful for my strength pushing me through life. 

Amber Skye Forbes is a dancing writer who goes through life creating words with the tips of her toes. She dances ballet and writes for teens. As both a dancer and writer, she has gained enough confidence to go out into the world and instill this confidence in others. She loves her job as a marketer for Southern Siding and has high expectations for her future in this company. She lives in Augusta, GA, where she attends an online college to make her life more flexible. Besides writing, dancing, reading, and working, she loves her fiance, fashion, make-up, video games, her family, cat, and compassion. 

Website: AmberSkyeForbes
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  1. What an inspiring post. Thank you for putting yourself out there to help others. And I'll say a prayer for you over the holidays. Stay strong.

  2. Thank you for sharing yourself with us.


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