You would never believe the kind of luck that I’m capable of.
I know, that’s a strange statement, and not just because it ends on a preposition. But because it implies that luck is something achievable, as in Look at the Liquid Luck I just earned from concocting a super difficult potion in Professor Slughorn’s class!
But no, I don’t have any potions or magic dust or…wait, I do have magic dust, but that isn’t the point. The point is that you can create luck. Really. I’m not lying.
As a little kid, I used to win everything. And by that I mean EVERYTHING. Once, I even won a baby chicken. And before you ask: yes, it was the cutest frigging thing you’ve ever seen. And before you ask: yes, it was a strange contest. But it worked out because my dad was an entrepreneur who was always risking our life savings on some new business venture, and that month it was chickens. So we had lots, and my little prize fit right in. Until the cook got ahold of it.
Anyway, I’ve won many things in my life, and I’ve achieved some brilliant successes in the midst of serious downtroddenness*. But first, let me just show you what I’ve won lately.
Vegan/Gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, Butterfly sugar cookies, and Almond toffee. The were all deeeeelicious, but my favorite?
Aren't these gorgeous? Though they aren’t just a feast for the eyes, but an entirely too scrumptious party in my tummy. Sweet? Absolutely—and perfect for my notorious sweet tooth. But there was a very distinct flavor in them, something that reminded me of roses. Talk about a sneaky sweet—these aren’t your grandma’s cookies.
All of the cookies were gourmet in presentation, but utterly delectable like grandma’s favorites. So go check out her cookie website, Sneaky Sweet. And while you’re at it, check out Cristin’s writing blog, too ;) Thank you, Cristin for the amazing cookies!
Here are my prizes unwrapped. I was expecting the Coach wristlet (SQUEEEEEEEE!) and the book. But Courtney surprised me with the beautiful teal scarf and the tiny red ruby slipper (for good luck? Yes!). What Courtney didn’t know was that I collect scarves. I love them. No, I LOVE them. Serious mind meld, people. And before I forget—I also won a $20 Amazon gift voucher which came through e-mail, so no picture. But, yeah, Courtney is so freaking awesome. Now Check. This. Out.
*Sigh* I’m totally crushing on this beauty right now. It sleeps tucked under my pillow, where I can keep it safe and close to me. When I have nightmares, I run my fingers over the little Coach tag, and it soothes me. Thank you, Courtney. You’re solid awesome.
Not only did she send me this rocking book filled with questions for the game of loooooove (ooo lala), Karen also sent a box of chocolates to liven things up. Saweeeet. Unfortunately, when my husband and I went to enjoy the goodies, we discovered a bite taken out of every single one of the chocolates—no, don’t go sending hate mail to Karen. The chocolates did not arrive that way. My toddler got into them. But thank you, Karen! I adore this prize.
Yes, folks, that the amazing Anita Shreve’s signature!!! OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!! You have no idea how much I love Anita Shreve. Seriously. No idea.
Well, maybe you have some idea. But big huge thanks to Heather for offering such a fab prize! I was so jealous that Heather actually got to work with Ms. Shreve, but this definitely helped to ease my sinful coveting.
So there you have it, my latest winnings. But I don't intend for the streak to stop there. What’s my secret, you ask?
(Drum roll, please)
The Big Secret
You must believe you will win. You must exorcise the internal dialogue about setting up false hopes and expectations. You must not be afraid of disappointment. So often, we temper our hope because we are afraid. But hope—belief, faith—is one of the most powerful gifts you can give yourself. You must be willing to feel the sorrow of rejection, but at the same time, feel confident that a win is imminent. Speak to the universe, and say I will win (or I will publish or I will find love, or I will find my keys, etc.). If you believe, truly believe, you tend to act in a way that will help you succeed, and thus the universe responds.
Things have a way of working out sometimes. Always? No. I won the chick, but I didn’t get calf.
I will publish. I believe.
*Yes, you have my permission to use this word now, as long as you always follow it with “Carol is brilliant.”