photo by: destina

photo by: destina

2104 is almost over. I scratch my head and wonder where the year went because it seems like I’ve accomplished little. But in fact, I’ve accomplished a great many things. These achievements revolve around my personal life as well as my professional life. Before this year closes, I can say that I’ve published two books, wrote one-third of another book, and have a partial outline of a different work-in-progress. I’ve faced adversity, cyber bullies, and personal losses that hit me hard.

And here I am. Still.

One thing I take away at the end of the year is a better understanding of myself, as well as my goals in life. I think a lot of authors hope to become best-selling authors one day, and I’ve chased the dream for a few years now. But after the last year, I’ve decided not to anymore. Does this mean I’m giving up writing? Hell no. I’m an artist by nature. Writing isn’t a hobby for me. While I do enjoy it, it’s part of who I am. Giving it up is not an option. So yes, I will continue creating stories, and yes, I will publish those stories for others to read. But this crazy notion that I will become a New York Times best-selling author is no long a dream for me. If it happens, awesome. If not, it doesn’t change who I am. I know I have readers who will read anything and everything I publish. Those are the people who matter to me.

So as I close 2014, I walk away with my head held high, because I know that it served it’s purpose. It helped me grow as a woman, wife, mother, friend, and an author. I have a new attitude, a positive attitude. I have a new book releasing in 6 days. I even have a new website and newsletter to bring my readers more content. For me, life is good.

I think I’ve accomplished a lot for this year. What have you gained from 2014?