Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018!
2017 was a year of big changes, from moving, divorce, settling in a new apartment and new town, plus writing and publishing two new books.
The year started out stressful and heart-wrenching–a move across multiple counties 130 miles away, single-handedly unpacking a moving van (that took me two weeks to recover), not getting out of bed for three months and finding my way around my new community. Over the past nine months, I’ve received help from the local family center and the local food bank, with out which I would neither have my apartment nor food. Slowly and surely, I”m finding ways to pay bills, recover finances and update personal belongings–furniture, phone, kitchen items, clothes.
Health-wise, my stress levels are dropping, thankfully! My surroundings are becoming my own again, my personal space is mine once again. I’m working on my health, after neglecting my emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health for so many years. I’m rediscovering who I am, what I’m all about and what I want to do in the future. Redirecting and rewiring my thought processes is continuing and I’m liking what I’m seeing. Do I still have a ways to go? Of course, this is a life-long process. I’m getting older, changing and growing.
After cocooning myself for the past nine months in my new apartment and community, I’m curious now what is out there. New friends, new outdoor activities, new discoveries. I live in an Island County with so much to look forward to. Island hopping, meeting new and exciting people, other communities.
Personally, I’ve committed to finishing the Rose Petal Wine Murder Mysteries, currently working on book three, after I worked on the long-term and short-term storylines for the series. During the de-stressing of the year, I also wrote and published two new books, Country Tried Chicken-my new Gay Cozy Mystery and Blue Moor-my witch-wolf Paranormal mystery book. I’m proud of both of these books, new genres for me, which helped me through my own personal ‘demons’.
2018 promises to have many more exciting changes.