My One Word for 2019

Happy New Year!

It’s resolution time again. As usual I find myself eager to over-commit. Impulsivity is not my friend! I jump in too quickly, and when the enormity of the commitment sinks in, I sigh and slink away.

Having a one-word goal keeps things simple for me. In this way I focus on the the big picture.

And here you see 2019’s word in all its glory: NOW. It’s written in the sand, because isn’t that what life feels like? Ever-changing. And yet, God has given me not tomorrow, or next month, or next year, but NOW.

Because NOW is the time. It’s all I have. To write the next chapter of my WIP novel. To connect with readers via Facebook parties, a new skill I’m learning. (Thank you Christian Women Writers Club!) To learn to teach all over again, using new curriculum at school. To grow and change and embrace life.

God is good, and NOW is enough. A Bible story we heard as kids tells of Esther, who risked her life to save her people from extermination. Her uncle wrote her a message that still resonates: And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this? (Esther 4:14)

“For such a time as this.” That’s now!

How about you? Would you like to choose a word for 2019? For ideas, check out this article by Beth Vogt.

Here are words I have chosen for previous years. Perhaps they will help spur your thinking.

For 2014, my word was READY. I wanted success as a writer, but was I ready for it? Uh, no. So I worked on that.

For 2015, I chose ENGAGE. I needed to step out and join the conversation with social media.

For 2016, I took on BUY IN. That is to say, it was time to put actual money into my writing. I finished, formatted, and indie-published Darcy By Any Other Name.

For 2017, my word was RELENTLESS. A challenging teaching year merged into the summer, as I walked my sweet mom through brain surgery, convalescence, hospice, and home-going to Jesus. By God’s grace, I learned that doing the right thing each day is difficult, but also powerful. I have no regrets.

I wrote a novella for A Very Austen Christmas, and in December I re-released (as indies) my first two Mercy’s Embrace books.

For 2018 I chose SOAR. I knew I had to fly high and far, the same way an eagle rides the thermals. I began with with a new release (the final Mercy’s book), and then I took the plunge and paid for advertising – including aBookBub promotion. Tens of thousands of (free) downloads meant that Mercy’s Embrace: So Rough a Course showed up on lots of Kindle carousels! I ranked as Best Selling Amazon author!
My 15 minutes of fame.

To round out 2018, Robin Helm, Wendi Sotis, and I (along with three others), released A Very Austen Valentine.

Our blog tour starts next week. Austenesque Reviews put up this “Looking Ahead” post today. Oh boy!

And NOW that this article is written, it is NOW time to take down the Christmas tree.

Happy weekend, my friend!


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