Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My Glory Day in the Hot Sun--Nacho Libre.

So as I was looking at my book on the Amazon page, I hoped to hear a great "AHHH" of angels, or clapping, or something! Instead I got to hear my kids fight about the last juice box and who should get it! I walked away from the computer and punched the whole on the juice box then proceeded to equally distribute the meager contents into three cups.

So if you were ever wondering what it feels like to be a published author--now you know!

Life goes on, kids are great reminders of that. But as I squirted that juice I was thinking how happy I was. But that happiness has come mostly from other things. Seeing my dream of writing a novel and being published has added to that happiness, but it hasn't been the sole source of it.

After the juice box incident I did exactly what this picture shows, went to the garden and drank a Mate with my husband. What we talked about was: The next dream!

Dreaming and working toward dreams or goals has added a great new dimension to my life. It has been hard, I've had to give up other hobbies and social events. But it has given me something I was missing. Don't get me wrong, I was happy before, but now I feel complete! Like when you make a cake, then you add the frosting or the glaze.

If I were to make a recipe for happiness, I would add one cup of God (service, prayer, scripture reading) and one of Family (the every day working, talking, feeding, cleaning, teaching stuff). Then I would shake in work (providing for material needs) and a pinch of Dreams or Goals.

Dreams are the zest of life, the extra flavor that makes the dish worth eating (often times you put it on top). When you make Lemon Cake, you scrub the yellow of the peel into the batter, being careful to not get the white part, because it makes it bitter.

Likewise, the taste of your life depends on a careful balance between the flavor and the main ingredients. I haven't always been the best at it, sometimes my 'cake' has been a little on the lemony side. But I have found that on the days that I'm happiest, I scrubbed that lemon very lightly.

Lemon Jell-O Cake

(From the Family Cookbook--by Rebecca Bell)

1 Small Pkg. Lemon Jell-O
1/2 C. oil
3 Eggs
1 Yellow cake mix
1 tsp. lemon extract

1 C. powder sugar
Juice of one lemon


  1. Silvina--I love your happiness recipe! And I will have to try lemon cake. I love lemon-flavored anything!

  2. That does sound good, doesn't it?

  3. WONDERFUL post and a big congratulations! Today, my you have nothing but the yellow of the lemon - no bitter taste, only zest.

  4. Oh...how I so relate to this!! Nothing brings you back to reality faster than a fight about a juice box!

  5. What a lovely blog! Fantastic place to get to know you better! Happy Launch Day :)

  6. I'm very happy for you! That debut book is the icing on the cake--or the jello. But I'm also happy about your priorities, knowing that the only sure things in this life are God and family. Nothing like children to let us know what's important! (I say this as both a mother and a grandmother, and also one, much older than you are, who is finally getting a book published. So...life goes on :)

    I found you somehow as I was following someone--pretty vague, but my day is winding down!!

    I'm glad I did find you because I'm interested in buying your book. It sounds intriguing, and I like to support fellow bloggers. I have a Nook and am waiting for a Kindle (in a few weeks), so I will bookmark your site, and will also head to your web site to read the first chapters.

    Hope you've had some more zesty days since you posted this!
    Ann Carbine Best’s Long Journey Home

  7. You are such a great mommy, Silvina! I loved your post, you’re so honest, I love it!

    Happy Mother’s day!

    YA Paranormal Romance Darkspell coming soon!


  8. Thank you Amanda, Ann and Elizabeth! My days have been rather zesty since the book has come out. But I pray every day that I might find a good balace in my life. I think that taking it one day at a time is the best way to ensure many good days.

  9. Love this post. What a great way to look at it & love the analogy.