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Celaine Charles ~ My journey as a writer ~ Author site:

My “Bottled-Up” Writers Strength Recipe


Veteran's Day 2019 Berry-Shortcakes-in-a-Jar

I was at a loss as to what to write today, especially with Veteran’s Day tomorrow. I am from a military family, so Veteran’s Day always reminds me of them. My mom and dad, my sister and brother-in-law, my uncle, my in-laws, my extended family and friends…I know so many people who have served to preserve our country.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

A common thread I find raveling between these examples in my life: hardworking. It takes diligence, discipline, and hard work to dedicate your life to your country and then often, to come home and make sense of what now?

The people in my life may not view their lives as perfect, but they did teach me a thing or two. My life may not be glorious by any measure, but it’s led me to where I am now, and I must declare the winning recipe for me has been that hardworking gene I’m overjoyed and proud to have inherited.


To celebrate, here is a FLASHBACK blog post from 2017 that really states my thankfulness to the hardworking people in my life. From my Veteran’s family to my own three kids to the various failures and successes that have defined me. Thank you!

This is my recipe:

Veteran's Day 2019 recipe card

Writing Advice: Write your Recipe

What’s your recipe for success? And don’t forget the salt with your sugar? Our lives are not perfect. But if we can learn from our mistakes along the way, then we have feasted!

Make a list of your failures on a recipe card. Then, next to each negative, jot down a lesson learned or new opportunity gained because of that failure. Sometimes what we’ve wanted and failed to secure becomes a blessing because something better waited up ahead. Other times we learned a new skill based on a mistake made, and we improved who were or what we were trying to accomplish.

The nice things about recipes? They can always be altered or improved. You can always add your own secret ingredient to make it yours.

I hope you are encouraged today (by this short note and flashback blog post) with my message of hard work and finding a way to bottle up whatever you need to keep yourself motivated and creating. Life’s too short not to focus on the good.

Happy Veteran’s Day and Happy Writing (because at least you’re writing),

Celaine Charles, November 10, 2019

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  1. Fabulous post — I love the recipe idea.

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