GOODBYE 2018, HELLO 2019

2018 comes to an end. 2019 is welcoming us, and life moves on, season after season. Change is inevitable. When a new year draws close, people have the illusion they have control over the year to come. We have no control over what life will toss at us. We have no control over how our goals or plans will go.

However, God does. God knows what we will face, and not only does He know all, He will help us through everything. He’ll be there in 2019, whether to pick us up and help us keep toddling on like clumsy toddlers, or to spin us around in triumphant dances. No matter what the seasons hold, we can trust the LORD to guide us. And love us. 

We have control only over ourselves. We have control over how we react and adapt to change. We have the choice to turn to God every time we face a decision. We have the choice to rejoice in the storm.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6

I’m not a huge fan of recapping-the-year posts, to be honest. Sure, it is fun seeing how much things change and how much I’ve grown as I ponder 2018. 2018, however, held plenty of sorrows, and I feel like a tired runner who doesn’t want to look back for anything. I just want to focus where I am right now. And right now, my life is jumbled full of changes. Still, I’m writing this post speaking from the heart, and share some things that happened during 2018.

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We bid goodbyes to two of our sweet, friendly horses, Ulu and Ziibi, and our old, loyal dog, Rosie.

Ulu’s passing was a very difficult disaster–she broke through the frozen pond, and we spent the next nonstop 24 hours trying to save her. Ulu passed away, despite our prayers and strenuous efforts. She was a fantastic mama horse and taught my whole family how to love, even when it hurts.

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Ziibi was a sweet Ojibwe pony who fought to survive over the span of time he was with us. We said goodbye to him, as well, but find peace in the fact he can run, happy and free, up in heaven.

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Rosie was the dog who taught me an old dog can learn new tricks! She was sweet and loyal. We’re grateful she went to heaven peacefully in her sleep.

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We sold our house.

This is a recent blessing. We sold the home we built from the ground up–seriously. Name something (framework, roofing, flooring, kitchen, plumbing, electric work) and my Dad did it all himself (with help from our Uncle for super hard electric stuff). It’s sad leaving this home, but God is calling us to move, and we look to God for guidance as we pack up and prepare to move into campers. We also must find land to move to. So, yes, when I say I’m facing changes… moving is a big part. 😉

Welcomed Gabby into the world.

Gabby is my youngest niece and she was born in February. She’s grown into quite the sweet (but secretly rotten!) baby!

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I earned my blue and purple belts in Wado Ryu karate.

I didn’t get to compete in the USEWF championships in March, because I got really sick, but Kody did and he got second! Image may contain: 1 person, smiling

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Karate grill out.

So. Fun. I’m not one for sports, but watching a bunch of guys play football with only some skills and the risk of little kids running into the game? Entertaining.

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^ that’s me (red shirt, duh) and Kody is in the bag (brown shirt)

Got my driver’s permit.

This was a 2018 year goal, but I didn’t get my license, though I’m working on it now, so it’ll happen.

Traveled out of state.

We visited my grandparents in North Carolina for Thanksgiving. During this trip, I also got to meet the super sweet Faith Potts!

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Celebrated the little things during Mom’s doctor visit trips in Maryville/Knoxville.

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I published Seek.

This was a huge goal for 2018. And guess what? I also published The Thief, the Damsel, And the Dragon, Homeward, and Emmanuel. I had a goal of publishing a novella and succeeded. The short stories, Homeward and Emmanuel, weren’t planned. But Seek is out for all the world to see and I’m so blessed!

I am so grateful for the things I learned as a writer in 2018. I won both Camp NaNos, wrote a ton, and published! I also got plenty of new ideas (big shocker there). A big thanks to my online writing community as well as my family.

I’m manager of Reveries Co.

Reveries Co. is a company dedicated to helping authors succeed without spending an arm and a leg. The company is launching January 1st-5th, and it will be very fun. So be sure to follow Reveries Co. on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

We went to the fair!

I haven’t been to the fair in FOREVER. And it was a blast! I love fair rides, even if Kody gets green super easy (teacups, anyone?), but it’s still great fun.

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Gardened and produced meals with my bro.

The garden was terrifying when the giant caterpillars got to the tomatoes, but we took care of it.

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Reached 250+ WordPress followers (and other social media triumphs).

I created a Twitter and a Instagram in 2018. I also created a Facebook author page. I’m no social media wizard, but 2018 was a great start of learning the ropes.

Read my whole Bible.

Not necessarily cover-to-cover, but I’ve officially read the Bible through and through!

Spread Lyme awareness.

May is Lyme disease awareness month, but I worked to spread awareness through the year, too. This was an important 2018 goal for me.

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I had more goals for 2018, some I failed, some I did, but that’s enough recapping. I’ll now list some (not all, because, hey, some goals ya gotta keep in your journal, friends) goals for 2019!

  • Move into camper, sell house #2, etc. Hah. So, survive life, basically. On that note, I want to not just survive the chaos of moving, I want to be able to rejoice through it all. It has been so hard, but I want to focus on God through the frenzy. I want to listen to music and sing while working in my little camper I’ll share with my brother.
  • Earn green belt in Wado Ryu. And make it to championships… I can’t get sick this time, ha!
  • Read Bible cover to cover.
  • Travel out of state.
  • Get driver’s license.
  • Put Taloowa in the curly field, work with Sugar Baby, train new foal (who will be born in 2019).
  • Write AWAKE, the first book of The Infidel Books. Publish it.
  • Give JUMP to alphas, rewrite it, and publish it.

And my biggest goal, as always, is to grow closer to the Lord, grow in wisdom and kindness, and above all other goals, follow God’s will for me.

I learned a lot in 2018. While 2018 was full of trials, pain, and feeling lost, God was always there. I learned so much about the Lord this past year, and I’m grateful for the pain and storms, because I learned how close to Jesus you can get during difficult times. For instance, when my family and I were under (another) tornado watch and were hiding in our closet, we prayed and laughed together. We face extreme weather often, and we always have a strange peace when in that kind of danger… We pray aloud and even sing songs of praise as the storm outside brews. God is there during the dark times and we can find peace in Him despite what’s happening. Again, we only have control over ourselves, not the storm.

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

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Well, y’all, thank the Lord, I did it! I recapped 2018 and listed some 2019 goals. 😉 I shall see you all in 2019 very soon. *jumps in time machine*

God bless,

Angie

 

HOW WAS YOUR 2018? (IF YOU HAVE A RECAP POST, I’D LOVE TO CHECK IT OUT!) WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR GOALS FOR 2019?

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12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS | LIVE

It is Christmas Eve. I’ve been shopping with my family like mad. I’m so excited for Christmas! 😀

GIVEAWAY

YES, there’s a giveaway for the 12DoC and it even includes Seek!

First place: The Christmas Secret by Wanda Brunstetter (paperback), Behold by Faith Potts (paperback), Christmas: God with Us (Jeremy Camp CD), surprise goodies
Second place: Seek by Angela R. Watts (paperback) & Coffee Shop Christmas by Ryana Lynn Miller (ebook)

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

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I’m writing this post last minute. Why? Because I wanna remind you of some important things…

Jesus Christ died for you. He sacrificed Himself for every single person so we can choose Him and be saved.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

Christmas is meant to be spent with your family because loved ones are seriously the bestest gifts God has given us, y’all. Thank Jesus for your loved ones, whether they’re close or far away, enjoyable or annoying. Because there’s more to this life than gifts and materialistic items. Don’t forget to take a moment today and tomorrow to truly notice the meaningful details — how your family member’s laughs sound like, how their eyes light up, what if feels like to sing along with them, how it feels to have a home. That joy you find in the precious moments? That is a blessing from Jesus.

Jesus died for us because He loves us. Let’s live for Him because we love Him, too.

Merry Christmas, y’all… I hope you have a fantastic one. God bless you. ♥

Angie

 

ARE YOU EXCITED FOR CHRISTMAS?! (I AM!) NOW, SCOOT! GO HANG OUT BESIDE THE CHRISTMAS TREE!

 

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS |REJOICE

Christmas is in a few days.

We’re frantically wrapping the final gifts with cute wrapping paper and slapping bows on everything (including children, because, hey). We’re listening to Christmas carols as we clean house and singing along. We’re dancing with the kids as we wait for cookies to finish baking. We’re admiring the Christmas lights dazzling the front porch. We’re smiling at the Christmas tree as we recall the story of Jesus Christ.

Christmas is a busy time. Stressful. Painful. This year, for my family, it’s been one tough year and things are very chaotic. More so than the usual holiday busyness. To be honest, I’ve had trouble getting in the normal Christmas spirit. I lack time to watch many movies, but I make up for it by blaring For King And Country Christmas music so I can worship God. I lack time to read a lot of fiction, but I focus on reading my Bible and writing my own things. I’ve had to learn how to stay focused on what matters because I don’t have time for everything.

 Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, Rejoice. – Philippians 4:4

Christmas is a time for remembering Jesus’ birth. It is a time to worship. Celebrate. But what we easily forget is that God doesn’t expect us to have everything together. He doesn’t want perfection. He wants us to find joy in HIM. We cannot find joy in gifts. You’ve heard that before. But let’s take a step deeper. Think you’ll have a nicer holiday if that one relative wasn’t so overbearing? Would Christmas be more joyful if it were less loud? Would you be happier if you didn’t have to work so hard to keep up with things? Here’s the answer, folks: no. We cannot find peace or joy in anything but Jesus.

How do we find Jesus in chaos?

Before you wake up to tackle the to-do list, thank God for waking you up.

When your nieces are losing their cool, try to breathe and thank God for your family.

When you put another gift under the sparkling tree, thank the Lord for the Greatest Gift.

When you’re listening to Christmas carols, sing along and praise God.

When you are doing chores, pray for someone.

Above all… REJOICE. No matter what you face, God is there and we can find peace in HIM!

But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. – Psalms 5:11

God is not limited to our to-do lists and expectations. We have to choose to trust Him, even when our stress is high and we want to have a break down. God is in control. He loves us. He gave His son for our sins so we could choose everlasting life. Rejoice in that Love… Because it is enough to not only keep us going, but Jesus’ Love helps us rejoice in the storm. And Jesus’ love is something to celebrate.

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GIVEAWAY

YES, there’s a giveaway for the 12DoC and it even includes Seek!

First place: The Christmas Secret by Wanda Brunstetter (paperback), Behold by Faith Potts (paperback), Christmas: God with Us (Jeremy Camp CD), surprise goodies
Second place: Seek by Angela R. Watts (paperback) & Coffee Shop Christmas by Ryana Lynn Miller (ebook)

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

 

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God bless and merry Christmas,

– Ang

 

HOW DO YOU FIND JOY IN CHAOS? ARE YOU EXCITED FOR CHRISTMAS (BECAUSE I AM!!!)?

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

I hope you’re having a fabulous December, friend! We’ve got our tree up and our Christmas village up, so it’s feeling Christmas-y here. 🙂 We also have been Christmas shopping. Which is insane.

On top of the insanity… Seek is published! The paperback is finally available! GOD IS SO GOOD! Feel free to spread the word! It’d make a great Christmas gift, too. 😉

I present to you… The giveaway results! Thank you all so much for entering to win a Seek paperback/ebook! I’m blown away by the support and feedback (y’all, I love who people said they hugged! SO SWEET!).

First place winner

(signed paperback of Seek + mug)

Parker Hankins!

Second place winner

(ebook copy of Seek)

Chloe P.!

Congrats, you amazing people! 🙂 I’ll be emailing you both shortly!

If you didn’t win, no worries, because I have more giveaways coming!

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I’m participating in Faith Potts‘ 12DoC tour and will be giving away a signed paperback copy of Seek then (STAY TUNED). I’m also doing a giveaway for 2 ebook copies of Seek! Just for another funsie. 😛 This one’s simple to enter: share my blog with your friends and add the info in the following Rafflecopter form! Why is it so easy? Because I’m only 7 followers away from my 2018 year goal! =D Winners of this giveaway will be announced on the 14th so you have till then to enter!

ENTER HERE!

And finally, I have yet to do my Q&A, and a brilliant friend suggested I do it LIVE! So I’m really going to try to do it live on Youtube during the next week. The time might be adjusted, but probably 3-5 PM (Central time). Which day might work best for y’all? 🙂 ♥ It’ll be posted after I film it live, so even if no one makes it, we’re kool beans.

God bless and merry Christmas!

– Ang

 

 

DID YOU ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!? DO YOU HAVE A CRAZY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING STORY?

SEEK BLOG TOUR SIGN UPS

It is time! It is time! Seek is going to be published this December. God is soo good, folks, because when I first wrote Seek, I didn’t plan on publishing. I wrote to seek God’s face and to heal. Now, over two years later, Seek is being published, and I need you! =D The tour will go December 1st through December 7th.

Seek does not have a solid publication date because I’ve seen friends struggle to get their paperback copies proofed on time with the changes with KDP. Despite Amazon’s new challenges, I am praying very hard to have Seek published December 1st. At the very least, the Kindle should be up by then. 😉

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

SO, yes, sign ups are open… =D If you sign up, *big hug*. Even if you can’t sign up, which I totally understand, I’d appreciate you still sharing the word! With Christmas coming, this book will make a perfect gift. It’s got:

  • Action (who doesn’t like car chases?)
  • Humor (and not just from that Third Wheel Character, ha)
  • Fight scenes. Years of karate pays off with writing fight scenes, y’all.
  • It might break the fourth wall but you’ll have to read it to find out, mwuaha.
  • COLD WEATHER
  • Strong family relationships
  • Not-so-strong family relationships
  • Pain!
  • Lots of God’s saving Love!

 

Thank you so much for dropping by, and signing up, if you did! 😉 This tour is going to be a blast and I cannot wait to celebrate with y’all. ♥

God bless,

– Angela

 

ARE YOU AS EXCITED AS I AM? DID YOU SIGN UP? YA KNOW YA WANT TO!