New Year, Blank Slate

02 Jan

fb-party-18The last couple months of 2016 I was exhausted. I had zero energy, even less motivation, and all I wanted to do was sleep. According to my doctor, my hypothyroidism was under control, I’d been faithful with my vitamins, and I was getting quality sleep. I still consider myself young at thirty-four, but, to be honest, I was starting to worry about my health. Then my questions were answered after Christmas when I looked over my 2016 planner containing all the events and accomplishments I’d recorded.

  • I wrote a 40,000 word novella (Preserving Liberty, coming in 2017!)
  • I volunteered to judge two writing contests.
  • I reviewed over 24 books on my blog.
  • I read 35 total books.
  • I read through the entire Bible for the first time.
  • I wrote over 28 blog posts.
  • I went on a 14-day mission trip with my family to New Mexico to minister to the Navajo Indians.
  • I released my first novel! (How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart)
  • I participated in a month-long blog tour to spread the word about my release.
  • I worked as a substitute teacher at my kids’ school 107 days.
  • I taught Sunday School.
  • I made my brother’s wedding cake.
  • I was maid of honor in my brother-in-law’s wedding.
  • I made a few specialty cakes that were requested for anniversaries and baby showers.
  • I welcomed a new niece and nephew.
  • I supported and drove my boys to track practices and meets, cross-country, and basketball.

And those are just the things I recorded, with a million other moments in between. No wonder I was exhausted. I was over-worked, and it was entirely my fault.

I’m one of those odd people who enjoy evaluating their year and setting goals for the one to come. This year, I’m scaling it back. Of course I’ll still be involved in things, but I’m reworking my schedule to allow for more writing time. Much more. I’ve recently signed a contract for the next novel in my Cadence of Acadia series, a new contemporary romance that’ll also give readers another glimpse of Huck and Arianne from How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart. I also have another writing project I’d like to accomplish. I plan to dedicate more time to cooking hearty meals and really taking control of my health. After all, I’m not getting any younger. 😉

What about you? How was your 2016? What do you plan to do differently in 2017?

~Candice Sue Patterson writes Modern-Vintage Romance–where the past and present collide with faith. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart is available now. Look for Preserving Liberty, coming soon!



Posted by on January 2, 2017 in Writing


4 responses to “New Year, Blank Slate

  1. Pegg Thomas

    January 2, 2017 at 6:52 am

    You wore me out just reading this.


  2. Margaret

    January 2, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Busy is not always the best way for us to live. You are making a smart move to live by chooing to spend quality time.


  3. Terri Weldon

    January 2, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    It’s so hard to find the right balance in life. Take good care of yourself, as someone older I can tell you it’s important.


  4. jerichakingston

    January 5, 2017 at 7:53 am

    I already know 2017 will be challenging. With God’s help. I’ll persevere!



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