Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A to Z Challenge: P is for Positive


 by Donna M. McDine
The glass ceiling in Corporate America was never anything I strived to break through in my 12 plus years working in Fortune 500 companies. With pleasure I cut back to part-time when I had my first child and then to working from home as a virtual assistant after the arrival of my second daughter. Happily leaving the “rat race” behind I took my new work from home seriously even though I could technically work in my pajamas. As my daughters’ grew I became restless with the need to create something with more substance outside my family and virtual assistant job. 
One day while flipping through a magazine I stumbled upon the Institute of Children’s writing for children aptitude test and went for it. Since graduating in April 2007 I have enjoyed over 100 publication successes both online and in print and several Writer’s Digest Honorable Mention awards and book awards. My first story book entitled, The Golden Pathway published August 2010. But to be quite honest with you when someone asks me “What do you do?” I always respond with “I’m a virtual assistant.” Until the day my daughters’ chimed in unison, “No you aren’t. Our mom is a children’s author.” With their quick interjection of the same exact words you would have thought they rehearsed this.
A smile as big as the Grinch’s when he discovered he had a heart spread across my face. My girls expressed their view quick and to the point, providing me with the proudest moment of my writing career. To get recognition by my two daughters’ in such a manner and learning they see me much more than “just their mom” makes me walk lighter and beam with delight. To hear their words is worth their weight in gold. My girls have acknowledged and recognized their mom as a children’s author out in public for all in earshot to hear. So yes, this is my proudest moment.

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Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval Recipient and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist


  1. It's always nice to have someone acknowledge you and your work, isn't it? There are arid times when a sprinkle of positive re-enforcement goes a long way.

    That's when the sun shines through the raindrops.

  2. Donna,

    Nothing makes me feel better than when my son gives me recognition for my education and writing achievements.


  3. Donna,

    Nothing makes me feel better than when my son gives me recognition for my education and writing achievements.


  4. My husband proudly tells people I'm a speaker and author and that always makes me smile.

  5. Claudette, Carol and Diane:

    Thanks for stopping by and reaffirming positive words go a long way. Wishing you all the very best.

    Warmest regards,

  6. Affirmation by others, especially family, is wonderful and very well deserved for you. Now...believe it yourself and be the one that says, "I'm an author," when next asked:-)



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