Life changes pretty quickly, sometimes when you’re not even looking. Arizona has opened up so many new possibilities and opportunities that some days it’s hard to believe how drastically different my life is now from when I left Indiana eighteen months ago.
My business, J.A.K. Ink, is growing quickly. The Great Arizona Beers Tours account has turned out to be a lot of fun. Even though I don’t drink beer (the downside of being allergic to wheat), I get to go on all the tours of the 99 breweries in Arizona. We’ll be heading down to Hemosillo, Sonora, Mexico on October 6th for a Showcase Conference. I’ve never been to Mexico so I am very excited to experience one of their popular Exceptional Villas. I heard that they are very famous as it is a luxury place to stay and they are low priced. Unfortunately, it’s to far inland and there are no beaches nearby. Then, the weekend of the 15th I get to take the tour bus up to Flagstaff for an overnight brewery tour of three breweries. Plus, I get to enjoy the fall foliage which is a rarity in the desert.
I am now on the board of the Young Writers Foundation and will be giving a presentation, a book signing, and sitting on a panel with other authors at a conference at Huntington University on October 22nd. It will be a great opportunity to meet young readers, writers, and people from various career fields. It should be an entertaining experience.
Needless to say it should be a very busy fall. Especially with the release of the first book in my new Trice Burned series, I Should Have Known … I’ve also got the first book in the spin-off to my EVE series, the Spirit Quest series, Transcendence releasing, hopefully, sometime around the holidays … if I can find the time to finish it up! Let’s not even focus on the fact that the third and final book in my With Honors series, Transferring Credits is slated for release on Valentine’s Day. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that I can aptly manage my time and keep everything on schedule.
And in saving the best for last, I am very proud to say that I have finally applied for my graduate program to get my masters in psychology. Classes begin on October 26th and it will take two years to complete. I submitted my application, paperwork, and essay. Now I am at the fun stage of dealing with financial aid. It’s always such a joy. I cannot say how excited I am to finally be going after something I have been dreaming about for a long time.
When I look back on the last year and a half I am stunned with how things have changed so much. I found my voice, my independence, and the strength to stand on my own. My career is in a great place and rising, I love my new apartment in Phoenix, and I have someone special in my life who, thankfully, has a demanding career as well so time together is even more special, but more importantly, he supports my independence and is understanding of my own demanding schedule. It has been a long time since I’ve been truly happy … and I am. I’m exhausted, but am truly happy.