Today is the final day of 2014; time to reflect on days gone by. Every year is memorable in some way or other, but this year has been a year of first: first book that led to many other firsts, first major construction project, and acting debut. But I’m not going to concentrate solely on the firsts. To truly reflect on this year, I must go beyond that. Here are a few things that make this year memorable:
Now, I’m certain there have been snowier winters, but this is the snowiest in my recollection. It iced and snowed once a month January through March (highly unusual for southeast Missouri), calling off school at least a week each time. I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it.
Six Years of Marital Bliss
On July 5, Sean and I celebrated our sixth anniversary. Wow! In some ways, it doesn’t seem like it should be that long while in others (good ways), it seems longer. He is such a vital part of me that I feel like we’ve always been together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store!
Major Construction Project
In July, Sean and I also worked together to construct a small walkway near our porch. It is small, and to most, it probably doesn’t seem like much. But I’m a writer, a bookworm; I don’t do construction, and neither does Sean. We completed it ourselves with a little help from our brother-in-law. Working together was quite enjoyable, and I think it looks spectacular.
On August 25, my debut novel, Elise’s Choice, was released. This was a dream come true for me; I have wanted to be a published author since fifth grade. Now, this led to other firsts: first book signing, first author event, first craft fair event, and as of yesterday, my first royalty payment. A woman could get used to this! I hope to have my next novel complete in 2015.
Thanks, Shelly Dunn, for giving me this opportunity. Shelly was the director of our town’s theater group’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life. Shelly needed a nearly last-minute replacement for one of the smaller roles, and I volunteered. Now, I’ve been bitten by the theater bug. I enjoyed participating so much that I will definitely audition for other roles when time allows.
These five events are not the only ones that make 2014 memorable, but they are the ones that stand out to me. Now, I’m ready to bid this year adieu, and greet another year with great anticipation. Only God knows what 2015 has in store!