And I'm really excited about the lineup already in place for the first few months of 2013! Sidenote: If you'd ever like to be a guest, just check out these quick notes and shoot me an email. Wednesdays are full through early March.
I'm so happy to welcome today's guest--the lovely Gabrielle Meyer. I met Gabe through the blogosphere in early 2012 and had the fun of hanging out with her at both ACFW and the MBT Storycrafters Retreat last fall. I've also had the privilege of reading her first manuscript, and I'm telling you, from the first chapter, I felt like I was reading an already-published book. I can't wait to see what God's going to do in and through her writing in this coming year.
A New Year: Looking Backward, Looking Forward
I love the New Year. I remember the first resolution I made–and kept. I stopped sucking my thumb in First Grade. It was a big deal. I had tried numerous times before, so when I was finally successful, I was proud of myself. I realized the importance of self-control and determination. Since then, I’ve looked at New Years as a great opportunity to make other positive changes in my life.
I don’t know why New Years is so powerful. Maybe it’s because we give ourselves the opportunity to start over. Maybe it’s because we wipe the slate clean, so to speak, and allow ourselves to write a new story on that slate. A better story.
Whatever the case may be, I try to capitalize on the new beginnings January 1st presents. With a clean slate, the opportunities are endless.
Last New Year’s I had a dream lying dormant in my heart. I wanted to write a book. My oldest daughter was seven, my second daughter was five and my twin boys were one year, nine months and three days old (but who was counting?). Life had taken my husband and I on a whirlwind adventure and my dream became one of the last things I thought about as I crashed into bed at night.
But dreams are a living thing and they like to resurface for air once in a while. I hadn’t forgotten about my dream, I actually kept it alive by occasionally writing for a regional magazine – but it was no longer enough, and the dream resurfaced, gasping for air. I needed to tell stories. I needed to research and brainstorm and plot. I needed to be creative and use some of the gifts God had given me. I was born (as so many of us are) to tell stories. As a mother and wife, meeting the needs of my family utilized some of my gifts, but I knew I had so much more to offer with my writing.
So last New Year’s I determined it was time to start crafting the stories in my heart. No, it wasn’t the perfect time. My twins hadn’t even turned two years old, yet. But I knew that if I didn’t start, I would always find an excuse. Life has a way of taking over when we’re not purposeful about how we’re living it.
So I capitalized on the New Year. I wrote a book and then I read seven craft books and I rewrote that book. I also found other authors online and became friends with them, opening up a whole new world to me. I attended ACFW in September and met with editors who requested my book, which I submitted in November.
All because I saw the New Year as an opportunity to make a change in my life. I was willing to use self-control and determination to keep my New Year’s Resolution. God opened up so many doors for me in 2012. I know that I could not have accomplished any of my goals without His hand in my life. But I believe it was my willingness to stay committed to my dream that allowed Him to work so powerfully.
I am privileged to co-author my story with God. With His guidance and help, I can steer 2013 in the direction I want it to go, starting today.
This year I plan to write a second book. I plan to make more friendships and strengthen old ones. I plan to attend more retreats and conferences and I plan to meet the challenges, and embrace the opportunities, God sets before me. It’s a New Year. A new beginning. A clean slate.
What is the most successful New Year’s Resolution you’ve kept? What do you resolve to do in 2013?
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Gabrielle Meyer lives in Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River with her husband and four young children, including two year old twin boys. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society for ten years, and the Morrison County Historical Society for two years, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by actual events. Since 2004, she’s written for Minnesota Moments Magazine and she does freelance writing for non-profit organizations. In her “free” time she enjoys volunteering for her church and community and is a big fan of MOPS and AWANA. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter or her blog.