Posted by: Judy | December 6, 2013

One of my changes…

This won’t mean much to anyone else, but it’s huge for me.

I allowed my membership in the RWA, Romance Writers of America, to lapse. I decided to not renew my membership. I originally joined so I could join the local chapter, Desert Rose. They’re an amazing group of women. I would not be published without them.

A few days ago, I received the notice my membership in RWA is terminated.

My first reaction was to catch my breath, and then a weight lifted from my shoulders. I smiled.

This coming year is packed with deadlines. I’m excited. This is my Doing the Impossible.

If I want my life to change, I must change my life.

This month, I’ll be sharing the things I’m doing to change.

Relinquishing my membership was one of those changes. I debated with myself and talked with friends in the organization. I reviewed the coming year’s schedule and my responsibilities and commitments.

I also reminded myself that if I miss it, I can always join again next year.

As I sit here writing this, I can’t explain the sense of relief flooding me.


  1. I think it is so interesting when something that hurts or frightens initially becomes relief. I’ve experienced this too – something which ‘seems’ unpleasant leads to relief. I can relate to how huge this is. Here’s to taking deep breaths. Hugs, TR

    • Thanks ((TR))

  2. This year is going to be awesome.

    • Yes, it is.

  3. This was a very difficult decision for you, I know. I agonize over it every year and end up renewing, mostly to remain in my online RWA group. I’m glad it looks like the right choice for you.

    • Yes, Beth, my local chapter was the reason I debated. They’re great.

  4. I think it’s awesome that you have that sigh of relief, which says a lot about what we allow ourselves to do that actually ends up constricting our ability to function. You probably didn’t realize it before the membership lapsed, but now that you’ve crossed that threshold, it feels like a win. Yay, you! šŸ™‚

    • Oh goodness, how I hemmed and hawed and wrung my hands over the decision. šŸ™‚

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