Reward yourself!

Announcer: “Deb Salonen, you just finished the final book in your Screw Senility series! What are you going to do now?”

Deb Salonen: “I’m going to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park to hike 7 miles round-trip and climb a dome with a 360-degree view at 9,000′ elevation.”

Announcer: “Uh…excuse me? What about going to Disneyland?”

Deb: “Nope. Sorry. That’s my writer pal, Julie Kenner. Hi, Julie!!! Hope you’re having fun! :-)”

Everybody’s got his or her own reward list, right? Mine involves great views in one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. Check out these pics.

Deb Salonen at Tuolomne Meadows, Yosemite National Park
Author reward #1: drinking in the beauty of nature at 8,600′.
Author reward #2: climbing a dome to check out the 360-view at 9,000′
Debra Salonen Yosemite National Park
Author reward #3: the view from the top.
Deb Salonen yoga in Tuolumne
Author reward #4: doing yoga on top of the world with two of my favorite people.
Jon-Paul Salonen and Ruth Smiley in Yosemite National Park
My son and daughter-in-law who are leading Nature’s Medicine Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat to this very spot in two weeks.

Let me guess: A 7-mile hike and steep vertical ascent–even in a place as spectacular as Yosemite National Park–is not your idea of a reward, right? I get that. And I’m not saying ‘Go here and do this” when you achieve that certain milestone you, at times, doubted you’d ever reach. I’m just saying: reward that monumental effort in the best way suitable for you.

Writing a book is no easy task (understatement). It can be grueling, brain-wracking/wrecking, solitary and, unfortunately, thankless at times. But when you’re committed to a story–or in this case four, connected stories–and you type The End on that final story, you’re entitled to a reward.

So whether you’re headed to the Happiest Place on Earth, like Julie, Mickey Mouse   or to your local massage therapist’s table (my usual reward), enjoy every minute–you earned it!

What’s your next reward going to be?


Oh, and by the way, THE BIG BANG! THEORY (Book IV in my Screw Senility series) will be released any day.  Just waiting on the last of my editorial vetting and new cover.



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