Welcome 2011!

Hi friends!

Happy New Year!

Wow, what a day!

I have to say, before I ramble, which I most certainly will, that today has been SLAMMED and it's just one other reason why I can't wait to get my book published and move forward with my writing career. I've barely sat down the entire day and, when I have, it's been to rush through something or hurry with this email or that request. But now it's on to the important things...

I spent the holiday weekend with lots of loved ones and I just found out some wonderful news about a dear friend of mine (though I can't say what or whom for fear of giving something away to anyone who reads this...delayed gratification!). My two friends, Amanda and Lauren, both have a child, one girl and one boy, and my other friend Lauren and I spent New Year's Eve with them. It's amazing to see my college friends with husbands and homes and careers and chidren. It makes me feel old, though, I must say. Old and blessed to see their lives change in so many incredible ways. I'm proud of them for pursuing their dreams and happy to be a part of their lives.

Now that it's back to the daily grind, I'm working towards pursuing my own dreams, both for myself and for my marriage. With recent financial struggles, my husband and I have learned to trust that the Lord is our Caretaker, rather than our income, and to trust that we have His wisdom about doing what is right for our financial future. It's so hard to be diligent! But when I see the fruits of honoring Him with our money and time, it allows me to see just how crucial He is to our success as a couple.

As far as work goes, I'm looking forward to having a part-time person so that, for the first time in nearly 3 years, I will have normal work hours. I am such a homebody and I can't wait to entertain friends, cook dinner for Pierce, organize my house, and enjoy the little things. Not being able to be at home at night has been a constant adjustment for us. I miss dinner with Pierce...I don't get to work out with him, or even watch a movie with him when I get home. But now I'll be able to put my focus on those things and I pray that God will show me how to honor Him with that time, instead of me allowing myself to fall into a pattern of putting things off until a later date (i.e. cleaning, organizing, eating right, editing my book, etc.). My biggest resolution this year is to take everything in my life one step at a time, and to funnel my efforts, fully and completely, on the task at hand, rather than trying to do twelve things at once.

And speaking of twelve things...

The Chick Lit PLus Reading Challenge is up and running! I am in the middle of Kristin Hannah's Winter Garden (loving it thus far!), but it's not my first book pick for the challenge. Hannah is more family drama/women's fiction, rather than "chick lit", but I'm looking forward to getting started with my first book. I've chosen to start with Emily Giffin's Heart of the Matter, which I'll probably purchase within the next two weeks. Be on the lookout for my review!

Lady, at just over 6 weeks old.
I might have completed 1 page of editing my novel this past weekend. Every moment that wasn't spent with friends or family was spent trying to get my cat, Lady, (nine months old and...well...wishing she had a Mr. Cat around the apartment) to SHUT UP. She's been whining and meowing and rolling around the floor and rubbing up against anything that moves. Honestly, it's a bloody nightmare! I didn't realize she would have to go through this "change" so quickly, but I can't take it happening again. As soon as we can we're getting her fixed because I'm about two seconds away from throwing her off the balcony (don't call PETA on me, k? I'm only joking).

Hope you're all having a wonderful first Monday of 2011!



1 comment

Pierce said...

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