13 Things I’ve Learned In 2013

New YearHello once again, readers!

It’s the last day of the year. Can you believe it? I really can’t. This year has been somewhat of a blur for me and seemed to have snuck up on me. I think I’ve learned more this year than I’ve learned in a long time. Which is what I wanted to share with you.

Here are the 13 things I’ve learned:

1. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

2. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

3. Don’t lend your trust out the same way you give candy on Halloween…you’re bound to get burned.

4. Schedules are a necessity for writers.

5. Time and practice really is an author’s best friend. And reading.

6. Dreams come at their own pace whether you want them now or not. Wait for them.

7. My kids are growing up fast. Too fast.

8. Honesty will always get you farther. Especially with yourself.

9. You can’t be everything for everyone. It’s not physically possible.

10. The only way the words will come is if you sit in your chair and type them.

11. Don’t compare your life to everyone else’s. The path you’re on is your path and it’s the right path. Trust that.

12. Remain humble. Don’t let ego kill your personality.

13. Make time for your loved ones. Even when the characters are knocking on your door.

It may not be the best advice or the most original, but each one is something I, or someone very close to me went through this year. This year wasn’t what some would call a ‘huge success’, but I’d have to say it’s been exactly what I needed at this point in my life. Even the rough parts. The amount of knowledge, confidence, patience, and understanding that I’ve gained is more valuable than anything else I could possibly want.

I have no doubt in my mind that 2014 will be a year I never dreamed of. I can feel it. I know I’m on the verge of something and I can’t wait to see what it is. I hope you had a fantastic 2013 and reflect upon everything you’ve learned as we enter a brand new year. Oh, and don’t forget to leave money on your doorstep before the night is through. It’s supposed to bring you luck when you pick it up tomorrow. Change will suffice. I’ve used a quarter and I swear it works.

Any who, Happy New Year!

Echelon out ♥

Fenn’s Journal

-Day 4

She made me cinnamon rolls this morning. That has been her way of apologizing ever since we were kids. The first time was when we around the age of 13. We got into a huge argument about who was going to fold the laundry. She dumped my clothes down the stairs. Needless to say, I left them there for her to clean and locked myself in my room. What brought me out was the sweet smell of cinnamon rolls, my favorite breakfast food.

She had baked them for me with the help of Mily.

So when I woke to the smell this morning, I knew that somewhere deep down inside her thick head, she knows that she loves me. I could see it in her beautiful pleading eyes. She was so worried that I was going to be upset with her for last night. When is she going to realize she is perfect in my eyes? I was only upset because of the danger I had put her in by not listening to that creepy guy.

Which she also reminded me of this morning. She is dead set on finding him. I know she is right, it’s just this need I have to keep her safe that leaves me feeling leery all the time. But last night proved that my protective skills aren’t as sharp as I thought they were. Strength won’t solve everything.

I know this because a letter came for her shortly after breakfast. It was from someone from our past. Someone who knew things about us. Things that we were set on learning from Mr. Creepy. So now there is another player involved. The letter said that she has a choice and that the answers to her return home are inside a security deposit box. But what ‘home’ is the letter talking about? And who is this mysterious person? Rory thinks it’s from her mother…but what if she is wrong?

I’m excited and nervous, but mostly scared. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I fear it’s out of my hands this time. The only thing I can do now is be there for her, which is why I am taking her to the bank now. I’m just waiting on her to come out of the bathroom.

Whoever it is, I’m crossing my fingers that they keep her out of danger. Lord knows she is a magnet for trouble.

Later,

Fenn