Thursday, January 24, 2013

My 18 Things

Does this cover remind you of any others you've seen? When I saw her cover for the first time, I loved it and asked for the same artist. So I like to think of our covers as siblings. :)
Today my friend Jamie Ayres released her debut novel, 18 Things. Aside from the fact that it looks like an awesome book and Jamie is an awesome person, this one is special to me because Jamie won her publishing contract through the Wilde's Fire Editor-Judged Contest right here on my blog! I am so honored to have been one of the stepping stones on her path to success.

Olga Gay Worontzoff thinks her biggest problems are an awful name and not attending prom with Conner, her best friend and secret crush since kindergarten.

Then, Conner is killed in a freak boating accident and Olga feels responsible for his death.

When she downs an entire bottle of pills to deal with the emotional pain, her parents force her into counseling. There, her therapist writes a prescription in the form of a life list titled “18 Things”: eighteen quests to complete the year of her eighteenth birthday.

But there’s more to Olga’s quests than meets the eye and when her therapist reveals a terrifying secret, her world is shaken.

There’s only one thing she knows for certain: her choices won’t just affect her future, but all eternity.

To celebrate her release, Jamie is having a blogfest where we share our own "18 Things", eighteen quests we would like to complete in our lives, or our "Bucket List."

I've been thinking about what I'd like to post for a while. I've always been ambivalent about bucket lists, mainly because I am a very goal-oriented person. When I set a goal for myself, I'm pretty locked in, so I don't set goals lightly. :) This post comes at a good time for me. With my debut novel coming out in a little over a month, my bucket list is feeling a little empty. I've done a lot of things I've wanted to do. I've published a book. I've run marathons. I've reached my goal weight (and unreached it and reached it again). And most importantly, I've found true love and had recently had my second child, completing the family I've always wanted. what?

I admit it's somewhat of a "champagne problem". But still, it's been a strange time for me. I've found that it's been important to remind myself that the most important goals in life are never "done". My ultimate goal is to live a long and well-lived life. Which means many things, and it's a goal that I won't cross off until, well...the end. Instead of 18 "things", I'd like to share 10 tenets I choose to live by to get me toward the ultimate goal of living a long and well-lived life. Yeah, I could only think of 10. :)

  1. To make loving my family my most important priority at all times.
  2. To be an idealist and never believe I have to live anything less than the life I want.
  3. To never not go after something I want just because I'm afraid I might fail.
  4. To take care of my body, because even 100 years on this earth doesn't seem like long enough!
  5. To take care of my mental health, so I'm able to take care of others.
  6. To be mindful of my impact on the environment.
  7. To be mindful of how I impact others and treat people with respect.
  8. To believe in a higher power, without fussing about the details, because there are some things humans are not meant to understand.
  9. To not waste too much energy worrying about things that aren't important or out of my control.
  10. To not take a single blessing for granted and thank God every day.
Of course, I've got some "things" I'd like to do. I have more books to write, more marathons to run, and yes, I have to reach my goal weight once again. :) And who knows what else!

Thank you Jamie for giving me the opportunity to remind myself what I really want and that there is so much left to do. I wish you much success with 18 Things!

Check out the Linky here to read more of the entries.


  1. Great goals. I think #8 resounded with me the most & that's a great way of phrasing it.

  2. Top 10 list is awesomesauce too:-) thanks for posting, cover sista! And I wish you much success with The Charge! Make sure you read the Acknowledgements in 18 Things . . . I can send you a copy of the book if you want!