Happy New Year! I said it once, and I will say it again: 2014 is going to be the year of miracles! Watch and see what happens.
I started the year with a bang (make it a cold bang) by participating in the local Polar Bear Plunge. The northern Pacific Ocean is sure cold in January! It was refreshing and symbolic of the kind of year I know I will have.
I made a pledge to live life to the fullest. My friend’s sweet 10-year-old daughter passed away last year from a 6 year battle with cancer. I plan to Live Like Bella all year and check off some things on my bucket list. Obviously, jumping into the freezing ocean in the peak of winter with hundreds of other insane people was one of them. For more information on Bella and her legacy, check out http://www.livelikebella.com . It will be worth your time!
It’s time for some big announcements. Are you ready? I know I am!
The first big news is that in a few weeks, Contemplations will be available for sale at a local bookstore here in Bellingham. Village Books will be selling it and along with it, I will be speaking at an author event in the store. The date is TBD, and I will make sure to announce it once I know it for sure.
Last night, I finished re-vamping the book, making sure to get rid of any little bumps or hiccups that might have been missed the first time it got published. It definitely looks much crisper and I have included even more childhood pictures for you to laugh at.
Another big announcement is that I am currently working on not one, but two books! A follow-up to Contemplations is beginning to bubble up! The second book is still a big secret. I can’t talk about it yet but I guarantee laughter, tears and joy from every chapter.
It will be a very busy January here in the Barr household but we are loving every moment of it. I constantly remind myself to stop and take it all in. Time goes by so fast, and I want to make sure that these moments are engraved in my memory.
Once again, thank you. Without your support and encouragement, I wouldn’t have the courage to tell my tales. I am overwhelmed every time I get a note or message from a reader telling me how the stories have touched them or helped them get through something. It’s cliché but I will say it anyway. If just one person takes anything from my words, the words that God put on my heart, then it is all worth it.