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The Little Victories Of 2018

I’m sorry to hear that many people felt that 2018 was a bad year and that it couldn’t get much worse. When New Year’s comes, everyone tends to look back over the last year and ponder the lows and the highs.

The lows seem to stick out more than the highs.

Sometime during the summer of this past year, I took out a page in my journal and I wrote across the top, Things I Accomplished in 2018. It seems simple enough, but every time I accomplished something, no matter how big or small, I went back to that page and wrote it down. So, every time I hit a road block or went through a hard time in my life, I would go back to that sheet and see what I had accomplished. It wasn’t much, but it kept me going.

For me, 2018 was a huge year of change and growth. It was the first year that I felt like I finally took control of my life. I’ve battled mental illness for years--it made the years of 2015-2017 the hardest years of my life. I hadn’t been able to work full time, but in 2018 (or rather, the very end of 2017), I began working full time. Because of this, I was able to move out of my parent’s home and get my own apartment—something I could have only dreamed of in 2015.

I spent many months in both 2017 and 2018 sending out query letters to agents and attending writers’ conferences in the hopes of finding an agent to publish my book, Where Demons Dance. Though many agents took an interest at first, ultimately, I was always met with a rejection. This propelled me to begin researching self-publishing and becoming an independent author.

Finally, in September of 2018, I made the decision to start my own publishing company, Silver Hammer Press LLC, and to self-publish my book, Where Demons Dance, which will be coming out in February of 2019. This has been a long journey about which I will be writing more in the coming months! It has changed my life! Instead of letting a publishing company decide my fate, I was finally able to take the reins of my career and go forward the way I wanted to.

Finally, 2018 led me to meet plenty of beautiful people that I am honored to call my friends. I feel I have finally been able to come out of my shell and live my life the way I want to. For me, 2018 was a fantastic year, and though it had its hard moments, it was one of the best years of my life. I hope it was the same for you as well!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to enter 2019. Here’s to an awesome New Year!

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