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2015 Year in Review

2015 has been a massive year of ups and downs for me – mostly downs, but I think that’s changing. Despite that, I think I did pretty well with my goals for the year.

While I haven’t yet reached my ‘books read’ goal for the year, I’m pretty close, and I *think* I read more published stuff than pre-published. I did do a reasonable amount of editing work, but it was primarily for cash, and that was a nice change. After much consideration, I have decided to cut back even further on the number of clients I’ll work with in order to really give my own writing time to shine. While I love having some cash I made all on my own, and it’s meant I could cover all my costs without digging into the family income, I’ve come to realize that it’s sapping my creative energy, and that’s not good for my writing (or my mental health).

IMG_20151223_145519638I think this year has gone a long way to the ‘reconnecting with myself’ goal. It’s quite intangible, but I think people can look at me now and SEE that I am more comfortable in myself now. I got my nose re-pierced, and I dyed my hair awesome colours. The general consensus is that I should have done it years ago, and I look more’me’. Glad I’m not the only one who thinks so 😉 Though to be honest, it wouldn’t really matter if they thought that anyway – I did it for ME.

I did some other things that were a little outside my comfort zone, such as attending the Independent Book Festival in Auckland. I had a much better time than I expected, and learned that actually, I can totally be a people person when I need to be – AND enjoy it! (even if I need, like, a week off life after to recover lol).

Alongside these things I published three new pieces. Two novellas, and my first full-length novel. Sun Touched has been a long time in the making, and it’s been amazing to get it out there and have people read it. The most common thing I hear from readers is that they could barely put it down, and just had to keep reading – mission accomplished! Dad doesn’t always enjoy my stories, but he loved Sun Touched, and gave it to a friend of his to read while she recovered from a hip operation – and she is going to try and get it in at the library near her! lol

I have LOTS of hopes for 2016, but primary among those are to treat myself more kindly, give my writing the time it needs, and continue to build on the things I started this year. More on that in the new year – until then, enjoy the last of 2015, hope you had a lovely Christmas, and have a happy New Year.

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14 thoughts on “2015 Year in Review”

    1. I hope you enjoy it, Zee! I’m trying not to focus on all the lows, which is why I didn’t go on about them here. Trying instead to focus on the good things

  1. I can relate to much of your blog. I’ve also been coming back to myself again…finally. The past 2 years have been a real challenge for me as well.
    Wishing you the best in 2016.

  2. I think we deserve a medal just for making it through this year! But you did it, and you did it in style with fabulous hair! 😉 I’m very much ready for 2015 to be over, and for a new year to begin. I feel like 2015 has been a lot of preparation, or learning…getting ready for something better, and I’m ready for 2016 to be that something.

  3. I’ve just now got round to catching up on my blog reader and was totally thrilled to see you with blue hair! As a person that is constantly changing things up with appearances as I am learning who I am, I whole heartedly welcome you with open arms into the fold.

    I didn’t manage my reading goals for 2015. I am not discouraged however. I’ve already set travel plans in motion for 2016 and plan on having at least one new experience a month. That’s as far as any planning for the new year goes for me.

    1. That sounds like an amazing plan for the year to me! I wish you well on your travels and new experiences – are you going to blog about them?

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