today is my anniversary. My one year anniversary. One year ago, on this day (my niece's birthday actually) my first book was published. In the last year so much has changed about who I am and how I view myself. I no longer see myself as someone who can't. Now I know that I am capable, that I can succeed. That I can forge a path to my dreams, even the ones I was too terrified to admit to myself.
today is my anniversary. Today I can look back at all I have accomplished over the last year. I can see that first story, The Spark, in all it's splendour. I can see The Ember and Wildfire, both of which have been published as well. I can see Nikki's Hope, my short story. I can see that hard work has made those stories possible, and I am truly honoured and humbled that I could share them.
today is my anniversary. Today I can look forward to all that I can still do. I can see Ashes, Nikki's Salvation, The Darkest Brew, and Magic Awakens, all waiting to be told. Oh and the Forgotten Series (almost Forgot about that...) I can see the places I'll go, and the things I'll do. I can see who I want to be, and know I am becoming that person, a person who doesn't quit, a person who fights for her passion.
today is my anniversary, and do you know what I am most grateful for? The people I have met in the last year. So much has happened, but I couldn't have done it without those who have stood by me. My life has been changed, mostly by those I wouldn't have known, if The Spark hadn't been published. I'm most excited not by the stories I have yet to tell, but by the people I have yet to meet. The chance to see those I've met online, and the change to meet new friends online.
today is my anniversary, and I will not forget who I was, who I will be, and who has stood with me. I won't forget the hands that have held me up, the voices that have coached me through, and the words that offered me wisdom. I won't forget that my future burns brighter than flames, and it all began with a single Spark.