Feel Good 5 Friday … On a Saturday … The Decade

15 Jan

The last time I got a trophy or ribbon, or some kind of recognition was that standing ovation at festival for my play a few years back. I remember the feeling of accomplishment and feel-good vibes of standing up on stage and being recognized as they introduced the writers. I enjoyed the feeling of my work connecting with people.

Prior to that I think it was an athlete award back in my Aquanet and Levis Jeans days.

Somewhere in between then and now, I’ve tried to celebrate little victories here and there, because you get no trophy or ribbon now, not during parenthood/adulthood. Not unless you’re at the Olympics. So, when I get a chance to high-five myself, I do. I make it a point to celebrate.

Normally I recognize these moments first. I keep an eye out. But this time around my buddy Clay over at Making the Days Count congratulated me before I even patted myself on the back.

Congrats on starting a new decade … he said.

Holy Cheeseballs.

A decade.

The Lion King and Cats lasted more than ten years.

Sesame Street, Happy Days, The Jeffersons, and Law and Order, 10 years easy.

Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks. Ten years plus!

Coach K with the Blue Devils. Pat Summit over with the Lady Vols in Tennessee. Ten classy years most definitely and then some.

Clayton Kershaw and The Dodgers. Ten years most definitely.

The Guat, The Wish Factor, and Word Press. Ten years.

491,403 words.

That’s something. That’s definitely something and I’m grateful for the reminder.

I joined the ranks of ten and I have yet to celebrate. It hasn’t fully sat with me yet. It’s sinking in, though. 1,154 posts. All those stories. It took me a minute there; I had to sit and take a knee and digest the 10 years. All the experiences and stories, they add up to a multitude of pieces making up my existence. A small peek into the window, to see what’s behind the curtain.

It started off as a personal project, get my writer mind flowing, fine-tune my voice and get that Random House publishing book deal in the works 🙂 It started off as a personal goal to put some of my stories out there. Just click “publish” and see what happens. Then it turned into a collection of pieces that could be read by my kids when I’m no longer around. A treasure chest of anecdotes giving them an insight on how their mom used to be, what adventures we took, memories of their grandpa and great uncle. Pieces of our lives they could look back on when they don’t have pictures or photo albums to look at.

And it was during all these stories that I found support from the community of creators. I was able to give a voice to stories from my childhood, remembered life in the people I had lost, connected and laughed with stories others had written, escaped through beautiful photography, and learned lessons from others and their lives. There haven’t been many people that stuck around this long, but I appreciate the few who got on the ride with me and experienced the ups and downs of adulting, parenthood, 70’s and 80’s music, coaching, and a writer’s life. THANK YOU. Thanks for the kind words, support, and encouragement. Thanks to the regulars who pulled up a stool and sat down. The Wish Factor decade gets a high-five. A high-five and some dark chocolate.

That’s totally about to happen.

So, cartwheels and high-fives to me. I got the feel-good songs to celebrate 10 years of learning, curiosity, and growth. Hoping the stories, music, and photographs that come next continue to be Schlemiel Schlimazel Hasenpfeffer Incorporated good-time-noodle-salad-sunshine-and-Katrina-and-The-Waves moments, worthy of a Kodak capture.

Buen Camino …



The Oogum Boogum Song — Brenton Wood


Life’s Been Good — Joe Walsh Live From Daryl’s House


America — Los Tigres del Norte


And She Was — Talking Heads


The Joker — Steve Miller Band




7 Responses to “Feel Good 5 Friday … On a Saturday … The Decade”

  1. claywatkins January 16, 2022 at 9:22 AM #

    Hey! Congrats. I picked up a book over break and started reading it – Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg and one of the most important things about changing behavior is the component of celebrating! Way to go. I live your post and sometimes the motivation we need for change is already there, we just have t uncover it. Keep up the amazing work and stay the course. Peace.

    • The Guat January 17, 2022 at 11:09 PM #

      Thanks Clay! Appreciate the words of encouragement. Ive heard of this book. They mentioned it in a podcast last year and I put it on my list! Celebrating the little steps is a good way to reflect on the tiny or big goal you rocked and taking a minute to be like … yeah I did that. I DID THAT. A hug-five goes a long way when you have more steps on the journey. 🙂 thanks so much for hanging out!

  2. Sorryless January 16, 2022 at 3:04 PM #

    Congrats Cali!

    Ten years worth of beautiful storytelling is a milestone to be proud of. And so the Award for Sunshine and Waves goes to . . . YOU.

    • The Guat January 17, 2022 at 11:14 PM #

      Thanks hermano! I was like … wait … what … wait … duuuuuuude high five! 🙂 appreciate you coming along for the ride and always leaving such encouraging, funny, and insightful comments. Appreciate it hermano 🙂 I’ll take those sunshine and waves.

      • Sorryless January 18, 2022 at 2:23 PM #

        Always. Same as you have followed me from my last blog to this one. 😉


  3. Tails Around the Ranch January 17, 2022 at 7:17 AM #

    Congrats on #10. Keep on shining.

    • The Guat January 17, 2022 at 11:09 PM #

      Thanks so much! 10 is a big one. Appreciate you stopping by:)

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