2015 has been an amazing ride. I don’t know where to begin. I guess I’ll start with my reason for this post. During this time of year, some of my friends celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Winter Solstice, Yule, and various other winter holidays. I have been so blessed to have moments from these days shared with me by my friends. However, as many of you know, we only celebrate New Years, and for us, it’s sort of a New Years/Gift Swap/Thankfulness Time all rolled into one. So my post is (mostly) about that.
Looking at where this year started and where it’s ending, I certainly have a lot to be thankful for. I have some pretty big news (can’t share it yet, but soon), and I’ve gotten to the point that I make a living as an author–something I didn’t expect to happen for a few more years. Although it’s worth noting, it’s a living in most states, but where I live, I still need to work a second job (third shift) as it takes two wages to get by ’round here. There was a time where I would have considered that alone enough to be thankful for. But this year I got so much more. Writing for me has transcended from being about my passion for books (which is stronger than ever now!) to my passion for people.
Here’s a hint at the big news:
Over the course of 2015, I have met some of the most amazing people from all over the world. A brother and sister pair in the UK who have practically “adopted me” (you know who you are), new friends from Down Under that share my passion for books, babycarrying, and sunsuits (thank you instagram!), to my new FaceBook Family (a beautiful blend of bonds formed between people in various parenting and book groups). The year started off a bit rocky, but I’ve been showered by more kindness than I ever could have imagined from all sorts of people. By the end of the year, I had gone from a struggling mess to being able to give BACK to this wonderful community by paying it forward. I hope to continue this trend into the New Year.
And, as we head into 2016, I have set some pretty major goals with my writing. I’m more excited than ever about what I have lined up and doubly so about the stellar authors I am getting to work with going into the new year. But I’m also learning that I need to pace myself. Some of you have accused me of being superhuman in the past, and I regret to tell you, that’s not true. While I can be thankful for the improved health of my children (including immuno-comrpomised “Babbers” who you would never know was a preemie at this point anymore!) I have to concede that I have let my own health get away from me. So health and balance will be joining my New Year’s goals as well.
Now, for those who haven’t been here in a while, you may notice the site has changed a little bit. I’ve decided to make the most of an awkward situation created by someone’s good intentions, and that decision meant wiping my blog. I’m not upset about it, though; I think this change was long overdue. With the creation of RebeccaHamiltonBooks.com, there’s little need for this site aside from my blogging, and the blog portion of this site was treacherously disorganized. The New Year is the perfect time to start fresh.
So what can you expect going forward? Well, you’ll still find all my reviews and special offers here, as well as some blog tour stops and book features, but that’s about it. By now, I think most of you who are interested in the more personal aspects of my life have migrated over to Facebook with me, so you’ll still be able to connect with me on that level over there if that is what interests you. If you’d rather just stay in the loop for the bookish stuff, stay tuned on Twitter, this blog, and my newsletter. Think of those three places being about what I do, and Facebook being more about why I do.
A big thank you again to everyone who has shared with my this year, who has been a friend to not only me but to my family, my kids especially, and to everyone who has inspired me and encouraged me and lent me their strength and wisdom in 2015. My biggest wish in 2016 is that I will continue to deserve you in my life.
Have a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year, my friends.