My Year In Review!

I know it’s a little late, but I wanted to get my website up and running. 

Life is a funny thing when you think about it. It’s full of small decisions and big choices all wrapped up in your thoughts and actions. What you do determines your path.

As I reflect on 2016 and move forward in 2017, I think about all those little choices I’ve made that turned into big decisions. I made a dedication to read the Bible every day and write a letter to God to improve my relationship with Him. I will admit a missed four days, but I will just strive harder this year to do it. In fact, I have added a morning and night devotional to my arsenal against the devil.

I started last year still at Hobby Lobby, but I was also substitute teaching to supplement my income. By February, I had left Hobby Lobby and was substitute teaching full time and loving it, but I wanted something more permanent. I wanted to go to the same place every day while keeping my weekends free.

I searched the job market for a position that coincided with my Bachelor’s Degree, but nothing was hiring around my home, and I really didn’t want to move away. I found a few daycare job openings, and sent my resume in. Literally the next day I had two interviews.

By May I had moved into a permanent position at a daycare, and have been there ever since. I have time to write every day, and my weekends are free. Sure, it’s not as much money as I would be making as a music teacher, but life isn’t all about money. I make enough to get buy and support my writing habit.

I also made the decision to keep publishing and trying to get into the traditional market. I like being over all the details of my books, but I would still love to have that badge of a traditional publisher interested in my writing. I started saving money so that I could attend a writing conference in May of this year and pitch my latest Romantic Suspense Series.

One big change I am making in 2017 has been exercising and eating better. It’s not been easy, but I’m sticking with it. My goal is to lose 80 pounds this year. But my main concern is feeling better and having more energy to do the things I love. I recently finished the thirty day challenge of NO FAST FOOD, NO SODAS, NO CHIPS, NO COOKIES OR CANDY, AND NO CAKES OR DONUTS.

There were some days I craved a piece of candy, or my mouth watered for a donut, but I kept the challenge and love the changes I feel happening. My clothes are fitting better, my mind isn’t as muddled, and I have a little more energy. I still have a long ways to go, but I’m happy so far with all of my decisions.

There will be more choices to make in this year, and I look forward to making them.