Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and happy new year!
It’s almost the end of the year...the end of the decade...and I’ve been reflecting on all that’s happened to me in 2019 (which is a lot!) and everything I have to be thankful for (also a lot!). I feel a list coming on:
1. My faith. No preaching, just simply stating it comes first in my life, has transformed me in more ways than I can tell, and is why I’m still alive.
2. My husband, Oscar, and the fact that we’ve stayed together through a whole TON of crap—my poor health and hospital trips, financial chaos/uncertainty, and lots of other difficult life changes and disappointments and things out of our control. But this month he finally got the permanent job he’s been waiting for for SIX years! Giant blessing!! Can’t wait to take a real vacation again, which of course we haven’t had in six years!!
3. Extended family. I have amazing parents and lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins, every one of whom is an awesome person I love dearly, even if we don’t always see eye to eye. Now that I’m old enough to have observed other families quite a bit, I understand how rare mine is and that I must never take it for granted. It certainly isn’t perfect, but my “clan” has been so supportive of me, in so many ways, and I’m super thankful for them!
4. Great, supportive friends. Pretty much same as I said about family above. :)
5. My adorable doggy, Thatcher, with all his quirks and scars from being a rescue (and his “catlike” Shiba ways). He’s a Very Good Boy and keeps me great company while I work from the home office, doesn’t yap or jump on me or bother me unless he has an urgent need. He’s not a cuddler, but he’s SO SOFT and at least tolerates my affection, haha.
6. YOU, my dear reader! I’m grateful for every person who’s read my book or my blog or anything else I’ve written. For years and years, I felt like no one gave a crap about my writing or thought that it mattered, and that sucked. So if you’ve taken the time to read this far, you obviously care a little bit, and that brings my spirit back to life! Writing is one of the most important things to me; I can’t not do it, and I always want to share with others, another deep impulse.
7. My job as COO for Thinklings Books. Never in a million years did I think I’d be ending this decade as an executive. Or think that I’d ever be one at all. If you’d asked me about that, before my friends and I conceived of Thinklings, I’d have laughed and said: “No way; that’s not my type of job at all.” Hahaha, now I’m laughing for a different reason. Life always has surprises in store! At least this one turned out to be a pleasant one (I’ve had way too many of the other variety). Marketing is still not my favorite or what I’d choose to do, but writers don’t really have a choice these days. However, at least marketing has changed a ton since the internet boom, and it’s so much easier for introverts to do now. Read this article I wrote for more on that!
I should end this here and get back to work! I hope you’re having wonderful holidays and taking care of yourself! And I hope that 2020 has only good surprises in store for you. <3
Sarah Awa lives in Ohio with two hairy guys and writes books about werewolves.