Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday…happy birthday, happy birthday to ME!
I’m twenty-six years old today. Most people don’t like aging. Me? I don’t mind it. In fact, every year I think I get even more excited about my birthday. Why? Because if you’re not tap dancing around the house celebrating the fact that your parents forgot a condom, how can you expect anyone else to be excited about your birthday? I mean, you rock. You’re important and you’ve probably accomplished some awesome things. You are worthy of celebrating, so celebrate!
Each year of life is a gift, and you can choose how you wish to ring out that year. Do you want to sulk because you’ve aged another year, or do you want to be grateful that you’ve aged another year? I choose to be grateful because life is a privilege and even if it can suck big hairy balls sometimes – it’s still a gift. There’s still a lot of goodness in it.
My twenty-fifth year was incredible. I published my first novel, the first book of the Collide series, aptly titled Collide. Then a couple months later, I published my second novel – the second book in the series, Consumed.
Within my twenty-fifth year, I signed with Booktrope and wrote three more novels. The first two books are a two-part series called The Damaged Series. The first book in the series, Damaged Goods, is set to release in the fall of this year and the sequel, Reckless Abandon, will release early next year.
Last month I completed the first draft of the third and final Collide series book, and that will release next year at some point too.
I traveled by plane for the first time and went on a vacation for the first time in my adult life after winning an all expenses paid trip by Scentsy when I worked as a consultant. I did later quit so that I could focus on my writing, and I have absolutely no regrets about that. I am completely thankful for that experience because it taught me how to come out of my shell and work in direct sales (which, in hindsight, is kind of like selling your book. You’ve got to make connections and form relationships and brand yourself and all that jazz, but that’s a post for another day).
Finally…I attended my first author signing event and I have made so many new friends and connections in the writing and book industry. I have grown so much as a human being and I am really proud about all of my accomplishments this year.
In short, I did good, and I know that my twenty-sixth year will be just as amazing with new experiences, new accomplishments, and new lessons to learn.
Here’s to twenty-six! Cheers!