As we start into the new year, I’ve been thinking over the things that happened over this past year. The moments that made up my Muse Mondays. I react to the New Year like most people. I reminisce. I think about all the things that made up my 2017, so I thought as a fun, first Muse Monday of the new year, I’d recount the things that inspired and fueled me this year. (these are not in complete order because I can’t remember which things came first? but I do remember the time of year so they’re organized more by the time of year they happened in)
I went to Winter Jam.
It was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. I felt so inspired and fulfilled afterwards, and the lights, the music, everything has fueled me creatively for this whole year. I feel so incredibly blessed to have been able to go.
I met two of my favorite authors.
At the beginning of 2017, I was incredibly blessed to be able to meet two of my favorite authors, Stephanie Morrill and Andrew Peterson. I only got to meet Andrew Peterson for a few minutes, but I got like 2 hours sitting down at Starbucks with Stephanie. It was so fun, and I loved getting to talk with her about her recent novel, her future book plans, and writing. We even chatted about my dear friend, Sierra Abrams’ debut novel, THE COLOR PROJECT.
I took my little brother to see his first movie in theaters.
This may seem like a small moment, but it was so important to me. Some of my favorite memories as a child are going to see movies in theaters. There’s a certain magic to it, and I loved being able to introduce my brother to that aspect of it, and relive every moment through him. Sometimes it’s the little moments that really matter the most. ❤️
I got my first pair of glasses.
This is another small moment, but for me it was part of what made up my year. It was a struggle, but ultimately it taught me that no matter what, my looks don’t matter as much as I thought. It was a really important lesson to me.
I turned 16.
Since when I was a little girl, I heard about everyone’s “Sweet 16”. Supposedly it was when you became a woman, and it was a big deal. I grew up anticipating it, and this year I finally reached it. I didn’t have a big party. I didn’t wear a pretty dress. I didn’t “become a woman”. Because none of those things are what make you a woman. Being a woman is something you earn, you work towards. I’m not there yet, but turning 16 taught me that your age, your body… none of that is what really makes you a woman.
I built my business.
This year I really made time for, and focused on my designing business. I made covers, I pulled late nights, I built myself into a designer of covers, headers, graphics. I rose up, and I conquered. I may not be getting tons of commissions every day, but I built something out of my blood, sweat, and tears that I can be proud of for the rest of my life.
I met amazing humans.
On July 20, 2017, I posted the above tweet on a whim. Little did I know how it would take off. I received NINETY-TWO responses, and people of the book community banded around me to help this thing happen. I met the most amazing bloggers through this. I can’t even shoutout them all. I’m so afraid I’ll forget some! But these gals are some of the bravest, most beautiful, most wonderful, amazing people I have ever met. I’ve made some true friends in them and I feel so. incredibly. blessed. to have discovered them.
Cait aka PAPER FURY followed me back on twitter.
This may seem ridiculously to include in a post of my best moments of 2017, but this means THE WORLD to me. When I started out as a confused, young, strange blogger who didn’t know what she was doing or even posting about, I stumbled across Cait’s blog. Back then, it wasn’t just Cait, it was Cait and Mime, the Notebook Sisters. It was that blog that inspired me to become a book blogger, to start a Redbubble store, and when she followed me. It’s so hard to explain, but to me Cait has been such an integral part of my blogging journey. When she followed me it was like a culmination of everything I’ve worked for coming full circle. I know I sound so sappy, and very dramatic but…. It just meant so much.
I hit 500 followers on bookstagram.
This is a milestone number, and I’m so thankful. I love reading so much and bookstagram is a wonderful community that I am so proud to be a part of.
I hit ONE THOUSAND followers on Twitter.
I am still so astounded that one. thousand. wonderful, beautiful, amazing people follow me. It’s so many. The town I grew up near has less people in it than I have followers. I am astounded, amazed, humbled. Thank you all so, so much.
I wrote, revised, and submitted my book.
This year I delved back into my writing, completely writing a story. I managed to revise it, making it the first story I ever revised. I submitted to a writing contest, but I put so much heart and soul into this story. I love it, so, so much.
My sister got married.
It’s been such a year, y’all. Thank you so, so much. Without all of the beautiful people of the internet, this year would have honestly sucked.
a few extra 2017 moments
I hosted my first giveaway
Margot from Epic Reads followed me on twitter
Taylor Swift released Reputation
I kept to a blog schedule for almost the whole year.
I watched a ton of amazing tv shows and movies