Year-End Reflection

new-years-day-1886358_640[1]With 2018 soon arriving, it’s time to reflect on this year, and to consider what I learned and to focus on what still needs to be learned, finished or accomplished.

The three major goals I set for myself twelve months ago were achieved, but only due to hard work, patience, and perseverance. Two of the three goals involved book publishing. There were timing obstacles, which meant that the books were released only one month apart. Promotion ventures were kind of crazy and not as fully developed as I would have liked. I’ll try to account for timing glitches when I next publish a book!

For various reasons, I also had to update legal documentation, starting with a legal name change (a minor change the provincial government required). I won’t go into details, but it took many hours, more than a few bucks, and visits to the local police, a notary, and Service BC offices, twice! Lesson learned: make sure I always fill out government forms using my full name or it’ll come back to haunt me years later. I’m never changing my name again.

Smaller goals were achieved and our family has started a new one for 2018. We’re in the process of moving my mother into an assisted living environment, hopefully in the spring. This coming year will focus on her needs, although I’ll still be writing. Writing has always kept me grounded through difficult times and changes. I’m optimistic that everything will work out just fine.

Meanwhile, my husband and I are taking a trip in late February to Mexico—travel is a rare occurrence for us—to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. My son will also graduate from university, so I’m thinking that there are plenty of good things to look forward to.

Meanwhile, I wish you all a very happy 2018!

Author: debrapurdykong

I'm a British Columbia author who's been writing for over 30 years. My volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and security work inspired me to write the Casey Holland transit security novels set in Metro Vancouver. I'm also a part-time facilitator in Creative Writing Workshops through Port Moody's Recreation program. Feel free to contact me at

10 thoughts on “Year-End Reflection”

  1. You had a productive 2017 and I’m sure 2018 will be equally as successful. Good luck with your mother’s move. It is never easy but always for the best. Mom wasn’t happy about it at first but ended up loving it. Now she is in a long-term care facility but still remains happy. All the best for 2018. I would like to interview you and feature you on my blog sometime.

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    1. Thank you, Darlene. Yes, I expect there will be some resistance, even though she’s given us the okay to do this. Still, I view this as a positive move for her! Happy New Year, and wishing you a beautiful, creative 2018!!

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    1. Thank you! It’s snowing lightly today, but the roads are still passable. Happily, few people are on the streets right now. Wishing you a productive, creative, and very happy 2018!!


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