You Heard It Here: Happiness Is…

The good with the bad. Yep, this month happiness is the good stuff that counter-acts the bad. It’s been a crazy few weeks with some devastating things and some amazing things. Life works in mysterious ways.

I remember when I shot my first big national commercial. My mom was in the hospital, but I was able to tell her all about it. About a week later, she died and the same day I got the check for that commercial. It covered my airfare home for the funeral and also happened to be the biggest check I’d ever received for acting work. I couldn’t help but feel that she was looking down on me. Then, on the day of her funeral, I got a call telling me that the commercial was going to be a series and I would be shooting more in the future. Again, I couldn’t help but feel my mom had something to do with it.

Well, it’s over 17 years later and my dad is gone. It’s only been 2 weeks, but something awesome has happened in my writing career, and again, I have to look at the timing and think my dad and my mom both are watching over me, sending me the good stuff to counter the bad.

Dadandme(Here’s a pic of my dad and me -I’m not good at selfies- but it’s one of the last pics I have of us together.)

I’m happy to report that I’ve found literary representation for my young adult novel! It’s taken a long time to find an agent who loves this book as much as I do so I’m thrilled! I promise to shout any news from the rooftops as soon as I can. But in the meantime, happiness is moving forward.

How about you? Any good with the bad stories you can share?


You Heard It Here: Happiness Is… — 12 Comments

  1. CONGRATULATIONS on signing with an agent! Condolences, again, on the loss of your father. I think you have a really healthy way of looking at life’s triumphs and tribulations…and how they land on you all at once sometimes.

    Now…about the commercials. What was the product and where can we see those today? 😉

    • Hi Sam,
      Thank you! I figure life is like a boxing match. We have to bob and weave to keep up. As far as the commercials… I was the Tide lady in the late 90s. It would be fun to see any of those spots again, but they don’t show up in any google or youtube search. I’ll recreate one the next time I see you. LOL.

  2. It makes me so happy when friends like you get such wonderful news! Congratulations again on the agent. And I think you’re right about your mom and dad. They’ve got their sights on you and always will. *hugs*

    • Hi Robin,
      Thanks. I feel the same way about friends getting great news. It’s fun to share in the good stuff. Yeah, I think my folks are seeing it all from somewhere. Hugs back.

  3. I was pregnant with my son when my dad was in the ICU dying. Because of the amniocentesis I was able to tell him that I was having a boy and he would be named partially after my dad. John for my husband’s father and Philip for my father. John-Philip (equal billing, both grandpas) has morphed into J.P., but I know my dad knew he’d have another grandson and the boy would be honored with his name.

    • Hi Lynne,
      Ah, that is bittersweet. The good with the bad. The same thing happened with my mother when I was pregnant with my daughter and my daughter is named after both of the grandmothers she never met. Our folks will always be with us because of many reason, but carrying on their names is always a good way to keep them forefront in our lives.

  4. Yes, Dee J. these are life’s bittersweet moments. I’m sure your parents are watching over you and grinning broadly. Your news is wonderful, and I’m so happy for you. I hope this will be the open door to many more successes.

    • Hi Robena,
      Thank you! I feel the m with me and I’ve got my fingers crossed for my YA. Who knows what’s down the road… for any of us! Lots of good stuff, I hope.

  5. Oh Dee, your outlook on life’s challenges and triumphs is refreshing. I believe that coin you found in the airport was your father telling you luck and fortune was coming your way. Now there are two angels always by your side. Congratulations on the representation!

    • Hi Tricia,
      Thanks. I figure I either have to deal with life or life will chew me up and spit me out.

      I never thought of it like that. I like being represented. I have good angels on my side! And good friends here too, which helps a ton! Thanks for stopping in!