So, you might think with all the things 2020 has been I wouldn’t do an annual post. I mean, really what happened this year other than sitting around the house and watching a lot of tv? Oh, I also read quite a few books. Turns out I also did one or two interesting things. And the boring years are worth remembering as much as the interesting ones.
Lord of Time and Space. He will bring people to a bigger, broader place because He is not bound by time or space. 1 Chronicles 28:19 “All this, said David, “the Lord made me understand in writing, by His hand upon me, all the works of these plans.” Sometimes we need to write things down. Write what the Lord is speaking to you or what you’re worried about.
“Just because we have stepped into a new year doesn’t mean that we will not experience the blessings of the latter rain (2019), hesed wisdom (2018), or jubilee (2017). The Lord does not take away–He adds!” Continued latter rain blesings, deeper rest, wisdom and glory without compromising on communion and tithes. God will restore, reverse, accelerate, and suspend time for you. “God doesn’t want you to be controlled by time. He wants to control time for you.” God is enlarging space. The “secret to winding staircase is brings you higher one step at a time. You can’t see the final step, only the next few.”
Live step by step. Don’t worry about tomorrow. Live in the now without worrying about the past or future.
The Lord will lead you one step at a time to breakthroughs and enlarge your space.
Quick trip to Montreal. This was my second trip to Montreal and… Montreal in winter is not fantastic. It was still a nice work trip.
Oh! And I started a new writing project. It’s a bit unorthodox, kind of fun, designed to improve my craft. Now that it’s the end of the year, I have to admit that I didn’t finish it. I got close, and the work I did complete I’m really pleased with. But I hate unfinished projects. [ETA: This was the rewrite of Tattered Heart which was finally finished in 2022.]
My puppy passed away. It was sad and traumatic so I didn’t say thing before. And I guess the healthy way of looking at this is that saying it out loud is a part of remembering her. But I sort of don’t want to because it still makes me sad.
New job. Very similar to what I’ve done in the past and I get to work with old friends.
And I attended a one day writer’s conference (remotely of course), and by that I mean I went to one panel. But it was a fun panel with an author I’ve read quite a bit (Julie Lessman) and hearing her experiences and writing suggestions and insights was well worth it.
I moved into a new place which I normally don’t put in my things lists (I move rather often) but this one was a good move so it’s worth noting. If this is the year of time and space, this was a move into…a smaller space but for the first time my space.
I started a Masters program. The upside was that I got to reconnect with some good people from college who were incredibly supportive. But…it took up a WHOLE lot of time through the rest of the year. I kinda felt like I fell off the face of the earth between work and school which wasn’t so much fun.
I got a new puppy and made a new friend. The friend and I are sorting out starting a writer’s group (with yes, just the two of us). The puppy is tiny and adorable and mangy and utterly sweet and friendly. She’s part King Charles Cavalier and part Maltese.
Now that I think about it, ages ago when wizarding world came out with “Discover your Patronus” I think mine was a Cavalier spaniel but I am such a cat person I dismissed it and went through the process twice more to not get a dog. Now, it rather seems a Cavalier would probably have been fitting. Though I’d prefer a tiger.
I also transitioned away from Goodreads to Bookhype. I have to admit I’ve been acquainted with the creator for a few years. She created the theme I used for all my websites (including this one). And she’s friendly and has been super helpful over the years with tutorials and support. So I was excited when she announced Bookhype and sort of rushed to support her and join.
I knew she’d have cool features like rereads and multiple reviews. I figured it’d be a nice, clean interface because that’s what she’s built with her theme. I found out that she does stats really well and there’s a section for special editions. You can have draft reviews. And it’s not as cluttered as Goodreads. It’s all about the books and the reviews.
I decided I needed to go in a new direction with my Masters program. I had some great allies to help me confirm I wanted to make the shift and go through the process of changing things around. I’m really excited though. I finished the first semester out and will launch into a new adventure in a new year.
Big moves like this prompt me to look back at the theme. Sometimes they obviously fit, sometimes it’s more subtle. This wasn’t a movement of time, but it fits within the larger theme of time over the years–of seeking time freedom, of possessing my time, of making choices to focus my time on positive and worthwhile things and leave other behind. This was a shift to focus my time on the more accelerated and efficient path.
Christmas with the family. That happens pretty much every year, but I wanted to acknowledge it this year. Things were crazy in 2020, people were crazy, but I get to be close to my family and connect with them often. And if New Years day is an indication of the year to come, I got to see almost all my family in one day at different places so it looks like its going to be a good forthcoming year. As Mrs. Hughes says, begin as you mean to go on…
The first playlist in a long time with a theme. Not intentionally but I was watching Teen Wolf and s3 is full of great music. Which also blended well with the song from Roswell, New Mexico. And watching Zombies 2 with my family. It all came together for a rather fabulous playlist.