Happy (Belated) New Year! A Re-Cap of 2015

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This last year has been one of the most triumphant, rewarding, frustrating, overwhelming, and ultimately painful years that I have ever experienced.

2015 began on an impossibly high note. I had just completed my memoir and was getting ready to start looking for a publisher. Life was busy and exciting: my family was able to catch up with old friends over the holidays, visit with family members that we hadn’t seen in years, and plan for the new year ahead.

I started up my first blog using Blogspot. It was definitely a learning experiencing, but eventually I grew frustrated at how little I was accomplishing and it drove me to re-evaluate my goals. I ended up ditching the old blog and began a new one (the one you’re reading today!) and so far, the running of this blog has been so much more enjoyable. (I definitely prefer WordPress to Blogspot!) My blog still has a lot of room to grow in and that’s one of my New Year goals – but more on that later!

Besides blogging, I took a publishing course and learned a whole lot more about the publishing industry. After a lot of prayer and tears of frustration, the Lord eventually showed me to pursue self-publishing. I felt such peace in my heart at this decision. I laid aside my unfinished book proposal and query letter, and began learning as much as I could about the self-publishing world.

I also looked into translation. I live in Puerto Rico, but I’m American – my first language is English, and I wrote my memoir in English. Getting my book translated to Spanish was an absolute must. I ran into a lot of walls and closed doors; a prominent psychologist friend of my family even asked around at the state university but was unable to find anyone that met my criteria. I felt so overwhelmed, and prayed often, asking God for direction.

I stumbled upon Translator’s Base one day. I got 22 bids within a couple of days. I felt a strong pull in my heart to contact one particular woman… and I am currently in the process of reviewing her work and deciding whether or not we’re going to go forward with her. Say a prayer for me that God would confirm if this is the translator for the job or not!

There is so much to learn about self-publishing, and I still feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. Finances are currently an issue because I can’t go forward until I have some kind of budget to work with. My family is waiting on God to provide. Again, this is something I’d love some prayer about! 

In family news, my siblings’ choir was chugging along. They sang on the radio as well as at outdoor venues; they even filmed their first music video. We met with a couple of interested producers; there was even talk about making a film based on my family’s story.

In the past couple of months, a lot has changed. It has been an incredibly painful time for my family. Sadly, the music video may never be released, for reasons I can’t share here. The choir is also on an indefinite sabbatical. God knows why He has allowed these trials, and my hope is that He will bring good out of our present circumstances.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:28

I am learning so much in this time. My circumstances almost had me convinced at first that my purpose had been stripped away; that my destiny had been irrevocably changed. This is not the case. In fact, I have been assured that nothing, absolutely nothing, can get in the way of what God is going to do. Not satan, not any of his minions, not the plans of the wicked. God is going to do what He is going to do – and no one can stop Him!

I am so looking forward to the coming year. I know that it’s going to have its share of hardships but I know that there are rewards and blessings ahead. I feel like I’m taking a huge step forward and I’m not going to be looking back any longer! The past is the past. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me!

What kind of year was 2015 for you? In my next post, I’m going to be talking about my goals and resolutions for 2016. See you then!

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