Jill Weatherholt

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

The Gift of Today


Image courtesy of JillWeatherholt.com

Image courtesy of JillWeatherholt.com

Each December, for the past several years, rather than make a list of New Year’s resolutions, I’ve chosen one word. My word choice has always been based upon what I’d like to accomplish in the year ahead. The accomplishments typically involved writing so choosing words such as perseverance, faith, commit, focus and resolute kept me grounded and on track with my goals.

As I reflected upon my word for 2016, resolute, I realized while I’d remained determined; the year had rushed by in a blur of deadlines, edits, proposals, copious emails and blog posts. All of this, outside of my day job, which comes first. I had lived the year in the future, always focused on what I had to do next. To be honest, it was exhausting.

Did I accomplish my goals? You bet I did. However in doing so, I lived out of touch with the present, and I missed special moments that will never come again. Loved ones, who deserved my full attention, didn’t get it. My body was there, but my mind was a week or month ahead of the moment.

“What day is it?”, asked Winnie the Pooh
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet
“My favorite day,” said Pooh”   ~  A.A. Milne

After scanning through the packed pages of my 2016 Day-Timer, I knew what my one word had to be this year…today.

Image Courtesy of JillWeatherholt.com

Image Courtesy of JillWeatherholt.com

Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.  ~   Bill Keane


Do you strive to live in the present?


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

141 thoughts on “The Gift of Today

  1. Jill sometimes we have to sacrifice in order to see our dreams come true. I probably lived in the moments ( The exact opposite ) and did not achieve much last year and so I admire and congratulate you for getting it done. Now its almost the end of Feb and I feel like I stumbled and fell at the starting gates of 2017, as we had to move house. My new year is going to begin in March how crazy is that? I love your word and the Pooh quote. Wishing you much joy in every day.


  2. It sounded like such a busy year for you, Jill. But you are now done with your book, it is out and congratulations. What an achievement and all that hard work paid off 🙂 I do strive to live in the present. Currently I am writing my first book and doing my blog. Both take up so much time and it can be easy to get too absorbed in it. So I plan day trip away to keep myself sane and remind myself I have to live in order to write.

    Wishing you lots of success with your book, and any future books to come as well 🙂

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