2013: A Recap

Wow. Where do I even start with 2013? Well, it was an epic year for me. Truly. I can barely even fathom how much has happened in these last twelve short months.

The notables:

  • Fell in love with Neil
  • Left the public library where I’ve worked for two years
  • Submitted five job applications, had three interviews, scored a new job!
  • Moved out of my parent’s house and in with Neil
  • My niece, Charlotte Fay, was born in February
  • My parents adopted a toy poodle puppy named Millie.
  • Spent a weekend away in North Yorkshire with Neil in August
  • Turned 23!
  • Became critique partners with the incredibly talented Savannah J. Foley
  • Got serious about my writing career and have since worked to make it a priority
  • Made significant progress with SOULBOUND—wrote a synopsis (my first!), restarted the manuscript—brainstormed TIMEKEEPER, and conceived two new young adult fantasy ideas—one standalone, and the other with series potential.
  • Became passionate about minimalism for the masses
  • Travelled to India for the first time!

In all honesty, I have nothing bad to say about 2013. This year was so good to me—and my family. We’ve all been so blessed. I did disconnect from some people who had once been important to me, but we’d grown apart from. Far apart. For a while it stung—it wasn’t an easy move—but now I’m at peace with my decision.

I feel like I’ve done an enormous amount of growing up this year. Meeting the love of your life, moving in with him, and getting your first “big girl” job will do that. As will getting serious about your career.

My faith fell to the wayside in 2013, and I hope to make it more of a focus in 2014. God doesn’t forget about me just because He’s a little busy. I shouldn’t either. The Lord has always been there for me, and it’s time I made my faith more of a priority.

If this year has set any kind of precedence, I can scarcely imagine the adventures awaiting me in 2014. I’m so excited!

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A Good Busy December

DSCF5449 - CopySo, I wasn’t supposed to be checking in today, what with it being Christmas Day and all. But we go away the day after tomorrow, and I don’t know if I’ll have another chance.

Oh, this month! It’s been so busy, but a good busy. Here’s a quick breakdown of what’s been happening:

  • I left my job at Snaith Library
  • Moved in with my lovely Neil
  • I got a new job! I’ll be working full-time as a library assistant in a school library. Very exciting!
  • My nephew, Lucas Ray, turned one!
  • Edited 15k of SOULBOUND
  • Packed for our holiday in India, Thailand, and Cambodia. We leave on Friday!
  • Came back to East Yorkshire to spend Christmas with my family

Busy, right? Yeah, December has been jam-packed, but between all the busyness I’ve had a few moments of rest and reflection, which has helped me stay present. That said, I’m still trying to catch up on all that’s happened.

Now, I’m unplugging to spend the rest of the day with my family. I have A 2013 recap scheduled for when I’m away, so you will still hear from me. Look forward to a full recap of the trip once we get back, and plenty of photo spam.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful and very merry Christmas! <3