Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Some Things I Learned in 2014

I'm joining Emily's link-up at her blog - Chatting At the Sky - today. She's providing a lovely space where we can share the things we've learned in 2014.  Here we go:

1. No matter how old you are (and I'm plenty old!), life still has a way of surprising you.

2. It's possible, on the next to the last day of the year, to still be talking about losing the ten pounds you resolved to lose on the very first day of the year.

3. I really can write a whole book.

4. Rejection of said book hurts just as much as they said it would.  sigh….

5. If you blink too long, your first grandchild will graduate from college, get a great job and bring her boyfriend to visit. (As in - where does the time go?)

6. In the spring, the cardinals who built a nest in the fake hanging plant on the front porch last year, will return and do it all over again.  And we will get to watch the miracle from our kitchen window.

7. Having to move elderly parents into Assisted Living is just plain hard.

8. I, the one with the reputation for killing everything that grows, can actually have a sweet little flower garden.

9. It really is okay to let your naturally curly hair be its own "person." The blow dryer and flat iron are officially retired. Feels like freedom!

10. I am increasingly disenchanted with the internet. I want to reclaim those hours and do the things I've always loved to do but which have been crowded out by time spent in front of one screen or another.

11. Having said the above, I find the friendships I've made on-line become more precious with every passing year. So - the need to find balance.

12. I have always been a rather naive, trusting sole - but I have learned the difficult lesson that not everyone is to be taken at their word.

13. Having learned the above lesson, I've also learned that sometimes we just have to do the hard thing.  That in and of itself can make for sleepless nights and excessive worry.

14. Which leads to the next thing I've learned - the biggest lesson of the year. When you come to the end of yourself (with all the worrying and futile planning and grasping for control), God is faithful. I discovered a wonderful truth as I finally let go and placed everything into His hands. He gives peace - just as He promised.

15. When you trust God and stand on His promises - He delivers. He delivers in ways you could never have imagined. He is good.

16. The testimony of a changed life is the most eloquent sermon one could ever preach.

Would you like to share what you learned this past year? Come on over to Emily's. I'll meet you there.



  1. Linking after you at Emily's. I love number 14. That was actually a topic of my very first blog post for 2014. Thank you for sharing. As a younger (ish) woman I cling to the wisdom of those who have so much to offer like yourself. Blessings to you in 2015!

  2. I linked up with Emily too. It's a great reason for doing some introspection.

    Self-publishing is the way to go. Let me know if you would like some help. ;-)

    For Him,

    1. Thank you so much. I'm not sure what to do at this point (feeling a bit discouraged).
      Have a wonderful New Year!

    2. Do not be discouraged. Easy for me to say, huh?

      I wish I knew how to do a Vulcan Mind Meld thing and share with you in a few seconds all the things I have learned about the business of publishing, as well as the art. I could write a book, heh heh.

      Let me just say I’ve been at this awhile. Setting aside the bad news, If I could sum up the good news, I’d have to say, there are so many more options now than there were even ten years ago. What you, the writer, have to decide is what you really want out of the process. If it’s fame and fortune, your chances in this tough business are slim, (which is the bad news). If what you want is to hold the results of your labor in your hands, that is more than achievable. The truth is, nowadays, with the advent of POD and ebook publishing, the good-ole-boy system cannot hold back the titles that have a reason to be but don’t fit their business plan or policy. Big business publishers have to cover big expenses so they have to leverage their investment against the least amount of risk. The window for return is narrow as well so the title is expected to pay for itself and/or show profit in a year or else.

      But here’s the fun part, that I have truly enjoyed watching, social media has changed the landscape of publishing. Even small time authors, who cannot find a home in the BIGS, have a way to experience their dream of being published and even get some traction just by social media interaction. I love being able to say I have helped not a few folks reach their first goal, which is to see their art become reality. I’m not good at marketing so the rest is up to the author to get the word out. I don't recommend the vanity presses, they tend to take a lot of money and give little back. JFYI

      I don’t advertise because I am semi-retired and even years ago when I started I preferred to pick and choose carefully who I wanted to help. It’s been a great journey and quite rewarding in ways that have no dollar value.

      For Him,

  3. Powerful message, Linda. I am thankful for your friendship and your encouraging words. We may not meet this side of heaven, but one day we will dine at His table. With love I am wishing you and yours many blessings for 2015.

  4. This is a great list!
    Meema has a good thought for you. My daughter's book was rejected many times, and it is discouraging, so she self-published and has had very positive results; now she has her second work published.