goodbye 2014Nothing quite spurs a reflection on life’s journey like the end of the calendar year … or a funeral. In many ways, the month of December encapsulated my goals for the year (see Looking Ahead to a New Year) as I determined to push my writing dream to the forefront while balancing my personal mission statement of Faith, Family, and Fiction.

In pursuit of publication, I: wrote a novel, continued to blog weekly and interact on social media daily, entered two manuscripts into the ACFW Genesis contest, had both semi-final, had both final, attended the ACFW Conference, gave a speech when one manuscript won, queried and pitched to editors and agents, got requests for full manuscripts, and on December 17th signed my first fiction publishing contract! Even though part of me had hoped to complete another manuscript and self-publish a compilation of blog posts about creation, I did make organizational progress on both.

On the writing front, it was a year full of progress. But I am not only a writer, but a mother, wife, daughter-in-law, and child of God. So, over the past year, I focused on intentional and quality relationships. Earlier this month, we were granted guardianship of our now-adult daughter with special needs as that relationship changes. Meanwhile, over the past month, my father-in-law’s health failed and he passed on to glory two mornings after I signed my book contract. Christmas was bittersweet as we celebrated the hope that comes from God and honored the life of a paralyzed Navy veteran.

Through all the ups and downs of the past year, my faith has rested on a firm unshakable foundation. So, as I reflect back on 2014, I am amazed and humbled once again at God’s faithfulness. His love is unending and He never left my side.

What about you? How was your past year? Did you achieve any of your goals? What surprised you the most and what have you learned?

 

Reflections on 2014
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