Memories

Hey Everyone!

So Monday’s suck and I’ll just leave it at that, but today is Tuesday so let’s talk about something kinda fun.

As a quick announcement, after this week I will be taking a break until the first full week in January, which is going to be January 6th. I know that my posts have been a bit spuratic and some of you may be thinking – “break? But nothing has happened!” and I can assure you that there has been a lot happening behind the scenes. 2020 is going to be a fun year with some videos going up on YouTube in January and if people are interested, some book arts videos. I like it and would love to show people how I do it and see what you guys do too.

Also as another announcement, I am going to try to be very diligent about posting both book reviews and blog posts on Monday, but sometimes – like today it will be on Tuesday.

Feedback is also very welcome – anything to make stuff more interesting for you guys. Writing is fun and I sometimes feel myself talking in circles, so if anything sounds interesting or if you would like me to try a specific kind of writing then please let me know!

Moving onto this week, I have a list of blog post ideas that I have in my phone, and this one I’m almost positive was supposed to be “memoir” but got auto corrected to memories. Sound similar? They should! But because we are coming up to the end of the year, I wanted to share some of what has happened this year for my family and I.

2019 has been exciting and a lot has happened. Events in my life are something that inspire me to write, so I think it is worth talking about on here – even if I decide to cover Memoir’s a little later. I have a couple that are worth reading if you’re interested, but again, that’s for another time.

Memories are good and bad, so here’s a list of them from beginning to end:

  • My nephew turned two in March
  • Clamor 2019 came out in May
  • My cousin had her second son in May
  • I graduated from UWB in June
  • Several friends graduated High School in June
  • Writers Block Blog started July 1st, 2019
  • Laments was finished and up for sale on July 19th, 2019
  • I worked a fireworks stand over the week of the 4th of July
  • Ace Passed Away on August 6th, 2019
  • My Grandpa turned 91 on August 8th
  • I left my job at McDonalds on September 14th
  • I got a job at the Mukilteo School District as a substitute Paraeducator on October 7th
  • I got a job at Vetco on October 8th
  • I spent Halloween in a Grinch onesie with my nephew dressed as Batman and his mom as Harley Quinn
  • Halloween week my step mom was in Argentina with her sons on a missions trip
  • My friends moved into their new home on October 30th
  • Thanksgiving was spent in Montana with my grandparents and a lot of snow
  • I completed NaNoWriMo 2019 with almost 51k words – but an incomplete story
  • I turned 21 on December 8th
  • I had my first drink in a bar on Friday December 13th – not only was it Friday the 13th, but it was also the night after a full moon. We were in Bremerton.
  • I found my home school and was contracted as a para educator at Fairmount elementary school on December 16th – not as many hours as I’d like, but a good start.

The year has been full of ups and downs. The biggest down being the loss of Ace in August, but I have learned so much about myself and the work that I love doing, what I want to do, and what I want my future to look like.

After working at the School district for a little while, I am rethinking some of my steps after my MFA. Whatever I do though – I know that I’ll be having a blast.

Life is too short to take it too seriously. Do what you love and love what you do. I didn’t think that I would look forward to talking with kids about where chocolate milk comes from – by the way they come from chocolate cows – or if I would rather have 4 arms or 4 legs (4 arms by a long shot) – but it is something I love and these kids inspire me all the time.

There is something very satisfying about having a little girl who is in my favorite program run up to me and ask if we can be friends – YES WE CAN! I’m not sobbing at all!

Happy Holidays from my family to yours, post your year in review at the bottom, I’d love to hear about it. Everything is worth celebrating- if it’s from a birth to a conversation about chocolate milk cows.

Be safe and see you in 2020!

Till the next chapter,

Amanda

Hey all! One of my biggest projects of 2019 was Laments! I still have 40 copies available so message me and let me know if you want one! These are good for anyone interested in mental health disorders or how the human mind works.

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