The New Day Challenge by Jennifer St. Giles


New Day Challenge

So, here I sit amid the dog days of August feeling grateful for so many things in life. Loved ones are recovering from serious injury, others were spared from harm in bad accidents. I’ve had unexpected career changes, and though difficult and extremely time-consuming now, it will be so much better for me in the future. So why am I in the dog days then?

My entire creative life feels suspended in mid-air. It is either hanging inert above my head or moving so slow any progress seems negligible. Books I excitedly started a year ago still have just a few chapters written. Books I desperately want to write, sit untouched on my computer. I did manage to write two more short stories in my Exposed Paranormal Crime Series, so I now have the Kaylee’s Justice novel and four case files (Card of Justice, The Dead Rise, Dying to See, and Zena Knows). I am working on a film script for the series, too. The title at this point is Murder by State. But it too is unfinished. Did I take on too much? As I age, am I losing my ability to juggle so many balls in the air? Am I allowing life to drown my passion for writing in a sea of mundane responsibilities? I don’t know.

I heard someone say the other day, the key to success is realizing you are responsible for everything in your life at this moment. Choices you made or didn’t make have placed you exactly where you are. It’s not someone else who put you there. It isn’t fate or circumstances that have you there. You are where you are, because, you either had the passion to find a way to make things happen. Or you found and accepted an excuse, which led you to disillusioned frustration, and where you are today.

But none of that matters now. What counts is today and each day going forward! Every dawning day gives us a new chance to change our lives. Our past decisions determined today, but today’s decisions shape tomorrow.

So, what is the New Day Challenge?

Decide what you want your tomorrow to be. Decide on what steps (no matter how small) you need to take to get there and take a step every day.

This blog is my first step. I have let work and exhaustion overrun my life. I have lost contact with readers, with friends in the writing community, with friends who share my passion and my heart. I need to reconnect and stay connected. Next month I will blog about my next step in reshaping my life. Does anyone out there feel the need to reshape their own life?

What is your first step in the New Day Challenge?

Love,  Jennifer St. Giles

(Remember every day to dream, believe, create, inspire, love, heal, succeed, and grow and share wealth…one matters)


Contrary to popular thought, Dog Days don’t necessarily refer to the doldrums produced by extreme heat. Instead, they refer to Greek and Roman thoughts about Sirius, a star in the Canis Major (dog) constellation and its position in the heavens, which may be associated to heat but more likely to sickness, war, and catastrophe It’s  NEW day. No more Dog Days.


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About Jennifer St. Giles

USA Today Bestselling author, Jennifer St. Giles, aka Jennifer Saints, J.L. Saint is no ordinary Georgia Peach. She's a Golden Heart, three-time Maggie, two-time National Reader's Choice, Marlene, RT Reviewer's Choice and Daphne du Maurier award-winning author. Jenni writes in multiple genres, including: romance, paranormal, contemporary, historical and military and time travel. She is a passionate patriot, event planner and the Vice-President of a charitable foundation which helps women and children's causes. Jenni believes fervently in following your dreams and never giving up.  View website

7 Replies to “The New Day Challenge by Jennifer St. Giles”

  1. Heartfelt post I’m sure so many can relate to – it deeply touched me. I applaud your challenging effort to take each day as it comes, even if it’s just baby stepping – again, I can definitely relate. Huge hugs, Jennifer.


  2. A very apt post for me and my life, Jenni. Thanks so much for putting out those words – making me realize others are feeling the same and are working on not letting it overwhelm them.

  3. One step at a time, that’s how I handle life when I get overwhelmed. It’s easy to feel like your drowning between commitments and family challenges. Just take a deep breath and it’ll come, trust me 🙂

  4. Usually progress is measured by small, incremental steps. Together all of that small consistent work leads to big leaps forward. It’s like the old story of the boy who moved a mountain. How did he do it? One shovelful at a time. Glad you’re getting back on track.

  5. Glad to see you finding your way forward. I often take a week or two off, then find I can write so much faster and better. Everyone needs to recharge, and it looks like you have found the way to do it. Best wishes.

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