2015…. a look back… and a look ahead
I am a little late to this party, but really felt I wanted to put in my own thoughts on the past year and what I hope is to come. I already posted about my favorite books of this past year, this post is a bit more personal.
On the blog front 2014 was one of renewal. The first part of the year I was wondering if my blogging days were over. I was reading, but not taking the time to review. When I though about writing a post or visiting other blogs I found I really didn’t have the desire or ambition. I was not ready to give up on Book Journey, but suddenly understood why some blogs and bloggers just disappear from the online world. Honestly, I was scared I was losing my mojo. Then, I went to the Book Expo in New York in May and it was like my battery was recharged. Hanging out with friends, fellow bloggers who I chat with here on line is something amazing. Something MAGICAL. Spending time with authors and publishers, and of course the books; the incredible books that I wanted to read, I wanted to talk about… I knew Book Journey was not over, not by a long shot. (*cue the Rocky theme*)
And honestly, thank goodness for that because in July my personal life changed drastically. I made the decision to leave the job that I worked at for 10 years to work more consistently on my writing. It was a big step… a scary step… and honestly it is still scary. It has been a big adjustment and family and friends have been supportive in this decision. The road has not been smooth since that decision… honestly it has been a wee bit bumpy. I am working hard to believe that in all of this God has a plan and He is directing me into something amazing. But really, I have never been a very patient person. 😉
2014… not a favorite of mine. 🙂 I am so thankful that my desire to write at Book Journey returned as the connections I have made on line here since 2009 are ones that I cherish, connections that have helped me through these changes in my life. There are so many of you I feel that I know… I know where many of you work, what states you live in, about your families, about your dreams… and not in a creepy stalker way – but in a way that we share on line. When one of you comment I love being able to think, “oh good, _____________ must be over the flu” or “______________ is back from vacation!” It is like another world out there and those of us who do this know what I mean.
So… 2015. YAY. I mean seriously, YAY. I love the idea of a fresh slate. And right now, my slate does not get much cleaner than this. When I return after our trip I have lots of plans to implement in my life, in my home, and here on Book Journey. I hope you will notice the changes… I can not wait to get started! 🙂
Last year I chose a word to represent the year. Some of you may remember the One Little Word post. My word for last year was embrace. I wanted to embrace whatever came my way, and well… I think I forgot about my word about 4 months into the year. For 2015, my word for the year is: Emerge
If you wish to choose your own word for the year, here is a great list to work from.
Everything that came in this week was either Middle Grade (MG) or Young Adult (YA)
Wrapping this one up, here is to 2015! Today I have a list of things to prepare for our trip. I am anxious, but I think it is all doable. 🙂