Happy new year, friends! How is your January coming along? Do you make resolutions? I try not to, but inevitably every year comes around and so do the resolutions LOL.
When you look back at the year 2019, do you find things that you’d like to carry over to the year 2020? What are some of the things that resonated with you in 2019 that you would keep in 2020?
One year ago to the day (January 11, 2019), my blog post for InspyRomance was about new year resolutions. In What Resolutions? I wrote about three things I am perpetually working on, year after year:
- Study God’s Word more.
- Work harder and smarter.
- Exercise regularly.
In 2019, I fell short in the exercise department (Resolution #3), but I hope to improve next year — I mean, this year! I am continually desiring to be in God’s Word more and more (Resolution #1). I did work a bit harder in 2019, but not in ways I had perceived (Resolution #2)…
In juggling the many hats I had to wear, I wrote and published four new novels in 2019. I am thankful to God that was even possible because I had health problems in 2019 totaling about 4-5 months, and only had 7-8 months of healthy days to write my books. I did not meet my goal of writing 6 books that year, so the last 2 books have been rolled into 2020. In light of Romans 8:28, I’m happy with the four novels that made it out the door. They accurately reflected the workload that I could manage in 2019.
- Burned out physician Priyanka Patel meets a stalled author in the crossroads of their careers.
- Sometimes secrets from the past grow up and knock on your door…
- Two chefs who dislike each other must work together in one hot kitchen.
- Divorced couple problem: take their five-year-old son on a happy family cruise in Alaska.
In fact, with the release of three of those books, I have finally completed Savannah Sweethearts, a series of 11 books in total. Praise the Lord!
To jumpstart the new year, I already have four books on preorder coming up soon. Each book is in a different series that I have yet to complete. That way, fans of each series will not have to wait too long (as they did in 2019) for me to get to their next favorite books. Two of the novels on preorder are in the Contemporary Christian Romance genre (the other two books are Christian Romantic Suspense, which is outside the scope of this blog post). Here are the two romance novels coming soon:
- Ex-boyfriend Martin finds his lost love and tries to protect her from her other past.
- Suddenly widowed, a billionaire businessman finds therapy in food and music.
On the home front, I hope to spend more time in God’s Word and seek His perfect will for my life. I know it’s an ongoing process of learning and applying what I learn. God is always good, isn’t He? He teaches us so many new things about Himself and our life in Christ.
This year, I pray that I’ll be able to build on last year’s resolutions — with God’s help, of course:
- Study God’s Word still more.
- Improve my productivity.
- Exercise and be healthy.
What about you? Is there something new that you’d like to do this year that you didn’t before, or is there something you did before that you’d like to continue doing this year? For example, I feel that I need to exercise more and have better nutrition. That’s an ongoing thing, but it’s a good goal for me.
Feel free to comment for a giveaway. One random person will be selected to receive an ebook copy of Smile for Me (Vacation Sweethearts Book 1), a novel set in the Bahamas to warm up your winter. Book 4 in the same series is coming soon in March.
May God bless your brand new year with peace, love, and joy!