Summer is over. Manitoba’s autumn is the equivalent of winter in the coastal and southern areas–brain-freezing winds, thick frost, and gun-metal grey skies.
But it was a good summer. I’ve been reflecting on this past summer and I’ve been so grateful for the great things that have happened this summer. Here are the highlights.
Losing 30+ Pounds
This began in March, when I was introduced to the book Trim Healthy Mama. The book advocates a low-glycemic, superfood approach to eating, which I have embraced. This led to…
Running my First 5K
And my second, third and fourth. I began the Couch to 5K program in mid-June, and ran my first race on August 17th, about nine weeks later. Since the completion of the program, I have slowly been increasing my distance and speed.
Road Trip with Jess
In the first week of July, my sister and I packed up my little car and booted off to Minneapolis for a week of shopping, touring, and sister-time. Neither of us had shopped at the Mall of America. So we spent two eight-hour days shopping! After that we were sick of the place, and toured a historic mansion, attended a Independence Day celebration at Fort Snelling, and drank a LOT of coffee.
Publishing my First Novel
After a marathon of editing, and formatting, We are the Living was released as an E-book in August, and a print edition was released in September. My friends and family, who didn’t have to format and edit it, were much more excited than I. 🙂
It’s a post-zombie-apocalypse-lovestory mishmash, and a beautiful story of hope in bleak places. I hope it will be a stepping stone to greater things. I sure learned a lot from it.
A New Church
Leaving the church of my childhood was like leaving home and family. Now I am safely ensconced in a new church in town. It is slowly becoming home. I became a member of the choir two weeks ago, and now I feel like I have a family within the church family at large.
So what will the winter hold? For starters, I’m going to learn how to run on a treadmill. I have no interest in running in -40 weather, so the treadmill will need to be my best friend. I’ve never used one, so this might be funny for everyone else.
I have plans to complete National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) by writing the first book in a series, which I plan to debut late next year. In the meantime, I am editing a sci-fi novel, for release in the spring.
And you know, I’m kind of looking forward to Christmas. Too soon?
How was your summer?