Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Press On

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004(2)As I continue to work on my revisions, I feel much like Fred, our resident frog.

“Press on. Obstacles are seldom the same size tomorrow as they are today.” ~ Robert H. Schuller

I’ll get there.006

Enjoy your weekend!

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

100 thoughts on “Press On

  1. Fred is absolutely beautiful! I used to see frogs like Fred quite a lot around here, but not so much anymore. I wonder what happened to them all 😦

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  2. I’ve always liked frogs…. Fred’s a cutie. If he were here, the wind would probably blow him away right now!

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  3. I love tree frogs! Have a great weekend, Jill, and good luck with your revisions 🙂

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  4. No frogs around my home- just toads in the wooded summer paths. But I like the mantra of PRESS ON! Good luck with your revisions, my drafts, and may we both successfully Press On!!

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  5. Good luck with the revisions! You’ll get there, and what an exciting road to be on!

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  6. Like Fred, you should just hop to it! Persistence seems to always work. Have a great weekend, Jill. 🐸

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  7. I love your little frog! Is he the same one who made all that noise in your guest bathroom? Best of luck with all your revisions – such a long and tedious task I should imagine. Have a lovely weekend 🙂

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  8. Today’s boulders are tomorrow’s pebbles . . . easily kicked to the curb. Good luck getting from where you are to where you want to be.

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  9. I checked on the off chance that you’d posted. So glad to see that you did. 🙂 Awww. Fred is adorable. And what a perfect metaphor. But you’ll get there, Jill. You. Will. Get. There.
    Everything seems uphill in my life. So I needed this message. Hope you have a great weekend. Don’t forget: help is only a prayer away.

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  10. You will get there my friend, and how! Great quote and wonderful photos of sweet little Freddy 🙂 Wishing you and DfD a wonderful weekend, see you soon! 🙂 xoxo

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    • Thank you, Sherri. I know I’ll get it done, I’m just feeling a little stressed about it right now. I probably need to see some photos of Bunnykins on Facebook, to de-stress. 🙂 You have a great weekend too. Talk with you soon! ❤

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  11. You definitely will get there especially with inspiration from your frog friend and the (hopefully) beautiful weather to come AFTER the storm.

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  12. Oh, what a cute little Freddie frog! Press on regardless, Jill. “This too shall pass” as my dear mom used to say. 🙂 xx

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  13. You will, indeed – looking forward to the results!

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  14. Blimey, Can’t believe Fred is a real frog – luminescent green and so agile. Where did he think he was climbing to I wonder? This has me smiling. Have a lovely weekend yourself. 😀

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    • I loved your comment, Annika! Fred is real. I wish I had a video of him or his cousin, when he was hopping around our upstairs. 🙂 In the photograph, he’s climbing to the top of our patio umbrella. I guess he preferred to hang out in the shade. Have a great weekend!

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  15. Ah, but you Little Frog, have a tangible real goal. I can’t wait to enjoy this journey with you!

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  16. You can do it! I’ve also been working on revisions so thank you for the inspiration. It seems like such a slow process but you’re right – there is progress in there somewhere.

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  17. Hang in there, Jill. You can do it! 🙂

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  18. You’ll definitely get there Jill, no doubt about it. You have the wherewithal and plenty of gumption! Just remember to breathe and step away every once in awhile. The mind and body need their rest in order to function at peak performance. I hope you have a restful weekend!

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    • Thank you for your encouraging words, Phillip. “Gumption,” I love that word. My grandmother used it often. 🙂 I agree, stepping away is good, but the weekend is when I have to hit it hard because of the day job. I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend.

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  19. He’s setting you a great example, Jill 🙂 And how cute! Time off for good behaviour at the weekend? Just a little fun! 🙂

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  20. I know you will get there! Great quote, Jill! Love Fred… 🙂 All our frogs are silent and we haven’t seen one for a few days. It has gotten pretty cool in Missouri.

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    • Thank you, Pix. I really appreciate your encouragement. 🙂 Fred is definitely not the silent frog. He’s got some lungs. Our weather has turned as well, so he’s probably burrowed into his little nest now. Enjoy the weekend!

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  21. I’m right there with you. Finishing first round of editor-requested revisions. 🙂

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  22. You will hop along and get to where you need to be, of that I am sure! Don’t forget to do something fun and for yourself this weekend! ❤

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  23. Fred is a wonderful motivation, Jill. Pause, take a deep breath and enjoy his climbing that inspires you to continue! Good luck.

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  24. Yes, you WILL get there, Jill. It took Matthew Weiner 7 years from the time he wrote MAD MEN until it got on the screen, and look how successful THAT endeavor was! Your efforts will be successful but it won’t take 7 years. And in the words of John Paul DeJoria (Paul Mitchell hair product guru and owner/founder of Patron tequila): “…Successful people do all the things unsuccessful people don’t want to do…” You go girl!!!!

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    • Aw…thank you so much, Irene. I appreciate your encouragement. Ugh…I can’t imagine spending 7 years on the same project. I’d be so sick of it. 🙂 I’ve worked on this since March and I’m ready to move on. Happy Weekend!

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  25. Good luck, Miss Jill. As my favorite rock band would say, Keep Pushin’ On. 😉

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  26. I love your tree frog, Fred!! I won’t ever forget the time you heard his “voice” echoing in the bathroom. Will you bring him inside when it gets cold again? Ha ha. My friend, Jenny (retired teacher) says her fish and frogs all go into dormant stage while they cover their koi pond. I do know they have a motor going but not sure if it provides warm water or just prevent frozen water?
    Good luck with revisions and I like the idea of all of us, “Pressing on.” ♡

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    • Thank you! I love Fred too, Robin. 🙂 I don’t think he’d like it inside during the winter. When I heard him in the bathroom, I never would have imagined that noise was a frog. It was a loud racket, unlike anything I’ve ever heard. I guess when they’re in the house, the acoustics are different than outside.

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      • Oh, wasn’t sure what Fred does in the winter but your destination is well worth the work and effort you are putting in. I like the publishing company and feel they are very professional, too. Happy October, Jill, Derek and family. 🙂

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      • Thank you for all of your support, Robin. Happy October to you and your family. Keep taking those awesome photos!

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  27. I love this! Good luck with your revisions, Jill.

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  28. And you will!
    What an encouraging thought to share. Just what I needed!

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  29. Nature inspires our creativity- Fred is indicative of that awesome spectacle in our universe. He is the perfect metaphor to your aspirations Jill, keep hanging.

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  30. Fred’s making progress and I know you are too, Jill. Hope you had a wonderful weekend and the revisions are going well.

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  31. Fred seems to be quite good at what he is doing… we all have our different talents.

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  32. Good luck and take care! 🙂

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  33. Great quote and so true! I am sure you are making lots of progress, it just feels like it is slow going.

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  34. It is a little known fact that frogs can’t spell perseverance and that is why they don’t succeed but you will!

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  35. So, that is a real frog? How wonderful.. c

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  36. Jill … Fred is very cute and persistent – I can tell. 😉

    While Robert H. Schuller has a point about obstacles, I think you’d be better off following Fred’s lead. You will get there and the view will be much improved. Best wishes.

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  37. Hope you have a great weekend. Revisions have been kicking my bum lately. Every time I think I’ve fixed something I see how much more fixing is needed. Just my way of saying I hear you and hang in there! Hope you have a great week ahead!

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  38. You go girl! We are here to give you a cheer Jill. Champagne when you are done, I have bottle in my fridge for the day I finish my picture book.

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  39. No kidding? You really have a resident frog? I want one. How do I get one? (I’m serious. I love frogs.)

    About edits and rewrites: a woman, whose novel I just finished line-editing, posted this on Facebook. Spoiler alert–there is the naughty F-word, which I didn’t love, but the essential feeling of this little essay really captures the process of receiving and responding to edits. And I’m not as offended by the F-word, which is in poor taste but not blasphemous. I’m really offended by blasphemy. In this piece, when the author uses “jesus god” it really is an outcry of confusion, in other words, a prayer.

    Don’t read this if you’re offended by the F-word. But if you watch R-rated movies, you’ll see the truth in this–that re-writing is like going through the 5 stages of grief!

    http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/10/14/kubler-ross-model-of-grief-associated-with-editing-and-rewriting/

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  40. Hi Jill,

    If truth be told, I am visiting your post after quite a while. But seeing the extent of conversations going on, I realise what I have missed. I wish I could stand…… and watch these woods fill up with snow!

    “But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.”

    And yes, once we cover the miles before we sleep, the obstacles look much more manageable the next morning.

    Shakti

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  41. Love Fred, he knows as he goes! Press on Jill, best wishes in your writing ~ awesome journey your traveling these days. Hope you had a wonderful weekend, have a great week.

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