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Although we take time to be thankful during the holiday season, we should be thankful all year long! There are so many things I have to be thankful for this holiday season, and all year long: My family, my company, my work, my new house, the songs and albums I have recorded in multiple studios, the multiple books I have written and published that I have now surpassed Charles Dickens, the festivals I have helped organize and run, Christmas snow, road trips, vacation, my man cave, my new giant tv, my new grill, being able to work often from home, taking the train to work, and so many other little things that I blush with how blessed I have been and still am.
My New Year’s Resolution is to be thankful all year long and never forget how blessed I have been and how blessed I am every day.
Ironically, as I complete a multitude of changes not only for this month but for this year of 2016, David Bowie, a fellow Welshman and musician, who wrote the song, “Changes,” has passed away. I have found myself reflecting on the many changes I have experienced in the past and all of the countries I have lived in, jobs I have held and careers I have pursued. I have played many songs both live and recorded on many stages and in many studios. I have written and published many books. And I have adapted and overcome many things to be where I am now.
I can honestly say that I have never been happier. All of the new things that have come my way this month and year have been wonderful, fun, exciting, challenging, different, unique, memorable and have helped me to grow into an even more diverse and better person than I have ever been before. I want to just savor this right now, before I launch into the next exciting, new and fast-paced phase in my life, and take time to smell the flowers.
Johann Sebastian Bach, like myself, self-published many of his own works. It’s crazy to imagine such a musical genius, composer, musician and conductor, had to self-publish many of his works. But he did. Besides both being musicians, I also self-published many of my novels worldwide on the Amazon Kindle store.
Now with agents both in New York and in London interested in my latest book, which is still unpublished, I hope to not have to self-publish anymore, but to have a whole host of professionals at my disposal to do the editing, proof-reading and publishing, as well as marketing, of my latest book and all my books going forward. These are very exciting times!
I was interviewed by one of my students. He said all of my responses were really good. Here are the three that he liked the most:
Q: What is your favorite tv show?
A: Black Adder, on BBC
Q. What is your number one goal in life?
A: To be an internationally best-selling author
Q: What do you want to be remembered for?
A: An outstanding teacher
I hope I can fulfill all of these!