I’m excited to be joining the New Year’s Eve blog hop for Smile Somebody Loves You. The theme is what you are looking forward to in the New Year. New Year’s resolutions can be a lot of pressure, and there are times when I’ve done them, and times when I haven’t. This year I’m looking forward to a lot of things.
The past year has seen me publishing my first books, both fiction and nonfiction, and the next year will see me publishing several more. This past year I also began to sell my own artwork, as well as design some of my own book covers, and I’m excited to be doing more of that. In 2013 I traveled to San Francisco and New York and many places in between teaching workshops on personal transformation, finding your personal magic, Tarot, leadership, and facilitation skills, and I have a number of really cool teaching engagements in the coming year and I hope to organize more.
2014 is getting off to a bit of a rocky start for me, as I’m dealing with the financial aftermath of a car accident. I’m grateful that nobody was seriously hurt, but it also looks like there’s no way for me to prove that I had a green light and got cut off as there weren’t any witnesses. Liability-only coverage leaves me without a car, which wouldn’t be as much of a problem if I didn’t live in a rural area at the moment, and if I didn’t require a car for the occasional event I host in Chicago or when I travel and teach workshops or sell my artwork at events.
However, I also recognize that this is giving me the opportunity to reframe my approach to the work that calls to my soul. I’ve always wanted to be a published writer, and now I finally am. And even though that hasn’t (yet) brought me a steady income stream, it’s something I’ve fought for these past years, and I’m finally here, so I’m celebrating that.
This car accident has really brought to mind for me that I have been selling myself short the past years.
I’ve often traveled and taught for the cost of gas money, which hasn’t paid for car repairs or for my time. I’ve wanted to teach leadership, facilitation, and personal growth work to people who really need the help but who can’t afford to pay, and what I’ve ultimately done on many occasions was paid out of my own pocket in the form of my time and the inevitable car repairs, instead of getting paid for my time. I love teaching and I love helping people, but, doing that is obviously not sustainable.
So for 2014, my first big goal is to work to make my own life financially sustainable. I’m glad that I traveled the path that I did, and that I made the financial sacrifices that I did because without them, I wouldn’t have several books out and more on the way. However, I’m also looking forward to finding a way to makes this work.
As one person put it, if I’m not making enough to live on, I won’t be able to write or paint much.
Long ago I knew that I’d write, paint, and teach whether or not I got paid for it–and I suppose I’ve proven that. My challenge now is to find a balance where my work isn’t “all about the money,” as they say, but to also get appropriately paid for my time. I’m not sure how I’ll make it work, but call me an eternal optimist.
In Tarot, this is sometimes called a Tower moment–when major disaster strikes, it sometimes opens the way for better things. It’s just a matter of figuring out what that way happens to be.
This coming year, I’m really excited to be publishing a number of books. Some of the fiction that I have coming out in the next months is part of a larger arc of Urban Fantasy stories dealing with vampires, faeries, werewolves, angels, and other cthonic monsters, and the heroes who try to protect people from the bad guys.
I had two books come out in December. One is an Erotic Contemporary Romance, A Winter Knight’s Vigil. The other is a nonfiction book on Dreamwork, which may be of interest to folks who are looking to do a little visioning of their own for the coming year. One of the reasons I write and teach is to inspire people to reach for their own dreams, to follow the calling of their soul. It’s been an important part of my life and I wouldn’t be the writer I am without working with my dreams.
A Winter Knight’s Vigil is an erotic contemporary romance.
Sexy, kilt-wearing Tristan has captured Amber’s attention on many occasions. But as members of the Kingsword coven, which has strict rules about intimate relationships inside the circle, dating him is out of the question.
When the coven heads to a secluded woodland cabin to celebrate the Winter Solstice, Amber finds herself closer than ever to Tristan. As the Longest Night approaches and their group’s ritual workings intensify, the pair realizes that they can no longer hide from their feelings.
Just as King Arthur held vigil before being knighted, Tristan and Amber face their shadows—and the realization that one or both of them might have to leave the coven. Or can they be together without breaking their honor?
Dreamwork can be an especially useful tool when you’re looking to do some end-of-year reflections, or planning your resolutions and goals for the New Year. Writing down lists and to-do’s are great, but sometimes the deep wisdom of your subconscious has some pretty potent ideas and answers for you if you’re ready to listen.
Learn basic and in-depth techniques to work with your dreams in a concise, easy-to-understand way including: remembering dreams, dream symbolism, nightmares, personal transformation, and exploring your own internal programming.
New Year’s Eve Blog Hop Grand Prize:
You can check out the other blogs on this blog hop and enter to win the grand prize (drawing Jan. 3rd). The grand prize will be chosen from the Rafflecopter giveaway includes: a $150.00 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card (winners choice) Key Chain, several eBooks, and a 30 minute tarot card reading via Skype or telephone by author Shauna Aura Knight (that’s me!).
They have over 40 participating blogs, all giving away some awesome prizes. Please visit everyone and meet these wonderful writers. They are terrific and you may find a new favorite author among them!