I hope you don’t think this makes me a Scrooge, because I’m really not. I love giving gifts during the holidays. I love baking my family’s favorite cookies. I enjoy the cooler weather and snuggling under a blanket to read a book. I love all the decorations and meeting friends for a coffee and chat.
But… it’s also the last month of the year and well, I always feel a little weird about one year ending and the next one beginning. The passage of time is something I struggle with a bit. I think it’s the whole my kids are getting older and I’m not getting any younger thing. As with every year, there are highs and there are lows. This year, though, brought so many amazing blessings, that maybe that’s why I’m a little more wistful to see 2014 come to a close.
So let’s make a list. Here are the things I’ll remember most about 2014 and I’d love for you to share some of the highlights from your year in the comments!
- I celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary. It hasn’t always been easy, but there’s no one else in the world I want to be on life’s journey with. My hubby is the best man I know and I’m so lucky to have him.
- I got a new day job. It’s more hours than my old one, but I love it and love the people I work with.
- I had three books release!
- Kissing the Maid of Honor hit the USA Today Bestsellers List.
- Her Accidental Boyfriend was nominated for a RITA. And what made this even more special was two of my dearest friends were also nominated (in different categories) and sharing the conference and Awards Night with them was beyond wonderful.
- My older son, who’s graduating from college in June, accepted an amazing job offer that starts next summer, and he’s so, so happy. Being a mom has been the hardest thing I’ve done. I can’t tell you how many doubts and worries I’ve had. Am I saying the right thing? Doing the right thing? I’m feeling really good about all that right now. LOL My hubby and I couldn’t be prouder. One son down, one to go!
- Last Friday I made my first jump. Out of an airplane! It was awesome!!! I skydived with my mom for her birthday and we had the best day ever. She rocked it like a woman half her age! I loved it so much I’m definitely going to do it again. (Mom says once is enough.)
- I got to spend time with readers and writers – both online and off, be there for milestones in my non-writer friends’ lives, and spend time with family from near and far. I’m so grateful to all of you for making my days brighter.
See you in 2015!