Every New Year's Eve for as long as I can remember, I've felt a sad. It's not that I don't look forward to the future, but while everyone else is running around starting resolutions and having parties, I can not seem to get my mind off the year that's passed.
So it's only fitting that my blog post day happened to fall on New Year's Eve! And while I do think there's something to be said about intentionally preparing yourself for what God has for you in the future, I also think there's something to be said about intentionally remembering what God has already done.
I love Psalm 103 because it's just that-- an intentional reflection on all God has done. A call to bless the Lord with all we are and remember his benefits. So let's do that together!
Here at the Alley this year, we've celebrated two new Alley kittens, two Alleycats published (Amy's novel When Fall Fades and Pepper's novel The Thorn Bearer), a new Cat in the beautiful Cara Putman, an Alleycat retreat in my own backyard, a new blog design, encouraging contest and editor feedback, and ever-deepening relationships with you, our Alleypals.
What benefits have you received this year? What struggles have you learned from, writing or otherwise?
Ashley Clark writes romance with southern grace. She's dreamed of being a writer ever since the thumbprint-cookie-days of library story hour. Ashley has an M.A. in English and enjoys teaching literature courses at her local university. She's an active member of ACFW and runs their newcomer's loop. When she's not writing, Ashley's usually busy rescuing stray animals and finding charming new towns. You can find Ashley on her personal blog, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. She is represented by Karen Solem.