Earlier today, I posted my 2015 goals.
But before I completely put 2014 in my rear view, I feel like I should give it one last shout-out.
I'd have to spend all day to describe the awesome that was 2014 -- and no one needs that. So instead, here are my highlights and favorites and things that I want to remember.
I welcomed my amazing son into this world, which will forever make this one of the best years of my life.
I made some money BY WRITING. That's right. 2014 is the year I started getting paid to do what I love.
I started calling myself a writer, marking the transition from hobby to job.
I saw a play. The Lion King. It was amazing. I didn't realize there would be puppets. I love puppets.
I joined a book club.
I moved back to Texas.
I finished not one, but TWO full length novels.
I co-founded Common Novel.
I started a children's book. It's about a bowl who has ambitions to be a hat.
And I began planning a third novel.
Favorite book: Rebel Belle, by Rachel Hawkins.
Favorite newly discovered author: Sarah MacLean
Favorite newly discovered book series: Bloodlines series, by Richelle Mead
Favorite movie: X-Men Days of Future Past. Honorable mention goes to Guardians of the Galaxy.
Favorite new TV Show: The Flash
Favorite returning TV Show: The Originals. It was the one show that never let me down. I'm looking at you Reign, with your incest and your rape.
Favorite piece of advice received: "Just show up." - Elizabeth Gilbert. (Obviously not given directly to me. And also probably not given this year. But I heard it this year, so I'm counting it.)
Favorite news story: The Interview turns into a triumph for free speech.
Favorite website: Fast Co Create
Favorite activity: Hanging out with my beautiful little boy
Here's to you, 2014! Thank you for the amazing memories, and a big thank you to everyone who made this year so special.
After having several people ask me about my Harry Potter nursery, I decided to show it off here. It would be impossible to describe the sheer number of thoughts that ran through my mind when I found out I was pregnant. At the time, my husband and I were living in a one bedroom apartment but had already signed a lease on a two bedroom apartment that we would be moving into later that month. The original plan for the second bedroom was to make it my office, and I won't lie, I shed a couple for its loss. But within a week, I was already planning the nursery.
Rachel Paxton is a typer of words in Dallas, TX.