Today has not gone exactly the way I planned. I woke up and helped my husband get the house ready for company, and then I planned on taking my daughter shopping. I wanted to get home with enough time to make sure the house was in order, get a little work done, and possibly relax a bit before the crazy New Year’s festivities. You know, the kind were you hang out with your in-laws and watch football. Well, I guess if OSU loses, things could get a little nuts in this house.
But, I guess that you can see where this is heading. My plan did not work out. Well, it did up until the point that Tootsie and I put our treasures from Target in the back of my car, and I closed my trunk before I grabbed my keys. Yep, that’s right, I locked my keys in the car. I have never in my life locked my keys in my car! I called my husband, but you see he was home with our sleeping little Spud Muffin. And even if Spud was awake, my husband had no car seat with him to bring Spud to Target with my keys. Tootsie immediately freaked out, tears gathered in her eyes, and she of course assumed we were, “Never going to be able to go home, ever!”
Really 2016? This is how we’re going to go out? You’re going to leave me stranded at Target with my dramatic four-year-old who thinks we never again see her beloved home. I took a breath, forced a smile, and told her I’d buy her cake pop. Magically, the tears disappeared. We walked back in to wait for back-up, and I promptly bought a cake pop, one juice, and one very large coffee. We sat down and waited. And as we waited, I looked at my daughter and realized how incredibly blessed I am. As I was told recently, I’m too blessed to be stressed (Shout-out to Lauren here!) I had been given a rare opportunity to sit down with my daughter and just enjoy her company. I had no where to go, no work to be done, and my phone was pretty much dead. We sat and we talked and we laughed.
I thought back on where 2016 had led me, and I realized that this has happened a lot. I’ve had plans that haven’t worked out, and the disappointment and rejection has led me to some amazing places. I planned on starting a new hobby and 2016 saw me completing my fist manuscript. I didn’t get an agent after months of submissions, and my eagerness to learn led me to RWA and NEORWA, which has shown me new friendships and a support system full of fellow writers I never knew existed. I didn’t get into PitchWars, who cares! Instead I found an amazing critique partner who has to be better than any mentor I could have ever imagined, and has become one of my closest friends. I didn’t get a contract from a publisher, but I ended up receiving the most amazing feedback that not only improved my first manuscript, but my second one as well. And I still have another opportunity to impress the editor and hopefully get published in 2017.
So, when I look back over the last year, it’s amazing to see how bad I am at making plans. Okay, so that might not be exactly true. But I have learned that it’s true what they say, when one door closes another one opens. Or, as I personally believe, God has a plan and all I have to do is put in the work and follow the path He has opened for me. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me in 2017!
Happy New Year everyone!!