Goodbye, 2017!

It’s crazy to think that another year has already come and gone. I feel like we just said goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017.

2017 was a great year. It had its ups and downs of course, but most of it was good and a lot happened.

2017 was crazy but in a good way. A lot has happened with my writing, my blogs, and my real life.

My writing is usually all over the place, but I finally buckled down and came up with a plan for my novels. Through NaNoWriMo and my own writing sessions, I’ve prioritized my novels. I’ve set goals for 2018 and know what I’ll be working on and when.

When I started this blog 5 and a half years ago I’ve always talked about finding an agent and being traditionally published. However, the more people I meet on here and talk to, the more authors who contact me for book review requests, and the more research I do, I realize that traditional may not be the best route for me.

I’ve never done anything traditionally. I left high school halfway through my junior year to go to college. I already knew what I wanted to do with my life and didn’t want to spend any more time learning the Pythagorean Theorem. I quit my job knowing I’d be better off being my own boss and, eventually, make a better income.

With that said, I most likely won’t be self-publishing anything in 2018, but the plan will be in motion. I’m excited and freaking out at the same time.

Both of my blogs have been doing great. Kris and I have made plans for the new year to better Double Jump and we have new things planned for the blog and beyond (yes, beyond).

This blog is going to go through some major changes as I attempt to make it look more professional and more “me.” I have a lot of cool things planned for this blog for next year as well, but it will all come to fruition in time.

My real life has been interesting as well. A few ups and downs, of course, but overall it was a good year. I took a lot of risks and have been working hard. Through quitting my job I haven’t just been focusing on writing and blogging, but I’ve also been taking that extra time I have to get together with friends and family.

I remember at the beginning of 2017 I kept saying this was going to be the year of me. Apparently, it was just the year of planning. Then again, I wouldn’t have my 2018 plans set in motion if certain things in 2017 didn’t happen.

I often think to myself, “Where am I going to be this time next year?” It’s hard to tell since so much can happen between now and then. All you can do is work hard and persevere.

Stay determined and passionate about what you do, but take the time to be with friends and family. Work hard, but try new things and find new hobbies. Take breaks and take care of yourself.

There are only 3 days left in 2017. Are you freaking out yet? I am.

I hope you all had a great 2017! What was your favorite part or the most memorable thing that happened to you? Let me know in the comments below!

18 thoughts on “Goodbye, 2017!

  1. Good luck turning the plans of 2017 into the accomplishments of 2018! I feel much the same way, that I made progress and made plans this past year, but am hoping that in the next year more of them will come to fruition.

  2. Your plans sound fascinating, and I shall continue to follow you and the completion of your plans with great interest, hoping to add a bit of encouragement along the way. Consider me as your 73 year old cheerleader!

  3. In my mere 4.5 months as a part of the REAL writing/blogging world (as opposed to just me and my laptop in my room) I have also come across a wide range of opinions on the matter of self publishing vs. traditional publishing. Support is definitely growing for the self publishing route, and its advantages are plentiful…though I reckon it’s difficult for some to set aside that dream of seeing their work published the traditional way. In the end, I suppose it comes down to what works best for you. Best of luck for your endeavours in 2018!

    • Yeah, it’s definitely a difficult decision to make. I mean, I’m saying self-publishing right now but you never know what may happen between now and this time in 2018. We just have to wait and see what will happen and keep working hard in the meantime. 🙂
      Good luck to you as well and Happy New Year!

  4. All the best wishes with your plans for this year Rachel.Good Luck! 😀
    I’m so excited for you as I too, feel the same way. 2017 was good with chalking out things on paper and setting them into motion but not entirely. I’m hoping 2018 will help me to add more motion to where I’m heading to.

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