Endings

 

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Photo: Memories by Megane Callewaert. CC BY 2.0

It’s not quite the end of all things, but it is the end of the year. And what a year it has been.

It’s the year I started this blog.

From humble beginnings of 3 followers, and lots of worry of what I should write, I made it through the year never missing a Wednesday posting. I’ve made a heap of new friends. Some who have connected on Twitter and/or Facebook. Some have become e-mail pen friends. It has been an amazing experience.

It’s also the year that I published my first book.

Shattered.

What a ride that has been. There is absolutely nothing more daunting than jumping in feet first and trying to market/promote a book when you’ve never done a single thing like it before in your life. But I’ve, again, met wonderful people along the way. ‘Indie’ authors who have no qualms or hesitations in giving advice and encouragement. I’ve experienced the wonder of readers who find me on Facebook to say ‘hi’ and tell me they’ve enjoyed reading Shattered. It’s been a rollercoaster of ‘wow, this is so amazing’ and ‘oh heck, what the dickens am I doing’. But it’s not been boring.

It’s the first year after reconstructive surgery and living a life which is considered ‘normal’. No more special considerations and being paranoid about getting sick from a simple drop of water. It’s a joy to be able to shower normally. Walk in the rain. Go swimming. I still think it’s wonderful, and haven’t taken it for granted yet. I’m still mending. My body is a little slow to adjust, but it has been an amazing year of ‘normality’.

It’s the year I thought I’d lose my best friend to cancer. She’s still here, and what’s more…she’s beating her illness.

It’s been a year of fights and tears, laughter and smiles, good days and days I never want to repeat. There has been such great disasters and major triumphs. And I’ve learned a lot along the way. (Some things I really could have done without learning, but I probably needed to.)

So, here’s to the end of the year.

I’m going on holidays now. A break. To a small rural heritage village with little to no internet connection. As such, I won’t be posting anything here until next year – Jan 7th – when I get back.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and challenging (but not overwhelming) new year.

And thanks for being a part of my life this year.

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10 thoughts on “Endings

  1. It really sounds like this was a very meaningfull year for you and I’m so happy for you. I didn’t know about your health issues, but I’m happy you’re healing and I’m happy for you friend too. I lost my mum to cances, I’m always so happy when I learn someone beat IT 🙂

    I can’t say my 2014 was as positive, but I did do a couple intersting things. I started my blog as well, I’m nearly done with the revision of my novel and I’ll start shopping it around next year. I’ve started my little jewellery business online.
    I suppose you can always find something positive, if you’re wiling to.

    Happy New Year 🙂

    • Sometimes taking the time to note the achievements is all it takes to realise what a year you’ve had.
      It was awesome meeting you, and I’m sure we’ll talk more next year.

      HAPPY NEW YEAR! 😀

  2. It sounds like it’s been quite a year for you. I’m so glad you’ve managed to overcome some of the challenges that were keeping you down in 2014, and publishing one’s first novel is such a huge accomplishment! Congratulations, and may 2015 be even better. 🙂

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