End of Year Rap

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Health: This was our year for health and you might remember our fasting journey over Thanksgiving 2017. It literally changed our lives and in 2018 we were able to live clean, healthy and happy. We drank green juice every day and 6 months ago I went fully plant based. Again, it’s changed my life. DH is a little behind me and continues eating some animal products, but he says it’s only a matter of time. I also started http://thehealthygrandma.com blog which will see more activity in 2018. Overall, I lost 80 pounds, I now work out at least 10 hours per week, and I love my new body which I haven’t seen since my early twenties. I didn’t diet or have surgery (not a jab at weight loss surgery), I changed everything about how I look at food. I’m no longer addicted and I can’t believe the difference it’s made in my physical and mental health. Look out 2019!

Wealth: This goal needs improvement. The book industry is fickle and I’ve been around a long time and seen so many changes. I’ve got things in the works for 2019 and #1 is writing more books. My goal is 6 new books for the new year and one rewrite. You can cheer because I always hit my goals 😊

My book release schedule:

Shadow – 2/12/19 Genetically Modified Series

Warrior – 3/5/19 Genetically Modified Series

Street Fight – TBA Hotter Than Hell

Swelter – TBA Hotter Than Hell

Title TBA – TBA Genetically Modified Series

Title TBA – Something from my heart that I really want to write that’s not part of the GMS or HTH series.

Happiness: Being healthy is the number one thing I contribute to this year’s happiness. We stayed active and achieved major goals. Our grandchildren are growing older and it’s fun getting text messages from them. They’re the only ones I don’t say, “On deadline” to because their messages are so precious. I learned to make vegan butter and almond milk this year too. Tastes so good and I don’t need to give up some of those foods I love which makes me very happy!

A thankful year: There were so many incredible people in my life this year beginning with Holly’s Wicked Warriors, the best street team in the world. A special shout out to Tara, Amanda, Dinah, Michelle, Wendy, Bobbi, Linda, Melissa, Bethany, Sharon, Stephanie, Haleigh and Laura, thank you! To my husband, the mad green juicer in the house keeping filled with micronutrients. You’re my rock. I love you. To my writer friends who help stay me sane, thank you for your encouragement even if it’s just to say, “Stop whining and fucking write!” KC, Jodi, Theresa, Teresa, LK, Pamela, Connie and so many more. I’m a better writer with you in my life. To my editor Michelle and my incredible proof readers, Michelle (different Michelle), Sally, and Carol thank you for making me a better author. To all the readers who buy my books. THANK YOU!!!!

Loss: I lost an incredible friend in the book community this year. She was my second editor and her death hit me hard. Pat, I know you are hording the best books and looking down when I’m writing and crying because I no longer have you to lean on. Thank you for so many years of learning and joy. You inspired me to always be better and your legacy is that you still inspire those you touched.

2019 Goals: This year we are concentrating on mental health. Exercise relieves my stress and I want to increase my workouts to 20 hours per week and gain a set of six-pack abs while doing it (yep this grandma has it going). More walks in the mountains and more meditation time to stay level headed. I also want to watch movies/television with a positive message. I find it relaxes me more than say watching Dwayne Johnson in Skyscraper. This doesn’t mean I’m cutting Dwayne from my life. I’ll just intersperse mellower shows with the bad-ass ones and I plan to do the same with books. My next goal is trying out for that roller derby team I’ve been procrastinating over. I’ve put it off long enough and this is the year. The worst they can say is no. We’re also remodeling the gym in our house, adding mirrors, carpet and new equipment. The projected end date for the project is Jan. 18th in time for my writer’s group to come visit and workout. I can’t wait to get the project started. I’m also adding kickboxing into the mix with a Wednesday evening class along with my Thursday morning private training session. Look out world, Holly’s on a kick-ass rampage for 2019!

Have a wickedly Happy New Year and many, many more!

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