Happy 2018! New Book, New Camper, New Purpose

Happy New Year, Dear Reader Friends!

We are full into it now. People back to work, some want to, some don’t. Some already have their trees down, decorations all cleared away. I wish. Our children don’t go to school for another couple of days here, and I’m glad. I like to ease into this new year.

I think of you now out there, maybe like me, snuggled in warm clothes and a blanket, with a dog beside you, all of us letting go of yet another year— saying goodbye 2017, with a mixture of sadness and gratitude, and yes, quite likely some relief. For me personally, 2017 has been a tough year, but also maybe the year in which I’ve had quite a bit of growth. I believe the tough times are times of growth. Each year has its tragedies, as well as it’s triumphs.

Among my triumphs for 2017, are two close to my heart. The first was the purchase of my little travel trailer. That step took putting on the big-girl panties, I can tell you, and then actually going out there in her—I named her Little Lucy.

As I write that, I think of my most recent camping trip, with my young grandson. I see him in memory standing back there, trying to guide me in backing into the camping space, and getting just as annoyed as any grown man trying to direct a woman driver who just can’t seem to remember which way to turn to get the camper going the right direction. In the end, though, I got it good enough—a small triumph!

The second big triumph is that on December 30, I wrote The End on the final page of a new novel, the first I have written in ten years.

There is nothing sweeter than accomplishing something you set out to do, something dear to your heart, and something which caused you to persevere through all manner of distractions, hinderance and blocks. Many a time I threw in the towel because of responsibilities that sucked my time and energy. Just as many times, I picked up the towel and began again.

I suppose there is a lesson: Don’t ever stop starting over, trying again, and keeping on. It doesn’t mean we don’t change our direction. I see that I have. The book I finished isn’t the one I had intended. It is one that just came to me, and at a particularly trying, wearing time in my life. I grabbed the writing as I would have a lifeline to keep me from sinking. And I kept coming back to the lifeline again and again.

My word for 2017 was Nurture, and perhaps where I find myself today, with renewed energy, health, and direction, is because I was guided by the word nurture deep in my mind.

My word for 2018 is Purpose. Everything starts there.

I purpose to love.

I purpose to be grateful, hopeful, faithful.

I purpose to write.

I purpose to camp.

I purpose to live the life I have been given.

God bless us all. We are on our way!


15 thoughts on “Happy 2018! New Book, New Camper, New Purpose

  1. Oh Curtiss Ann, I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to know you’ve finished a new book! I love your word for last year and this one and look forward to hearing about how your focus on “purpose” evolves.


    • Patti— You are a great blessing to me, and to all around you, for your encouragement. Just to have finished, I thank God! And while yes, it needs work, which I will get to after it ‘cools’, I think it is a good, moving, entertaining book. I’m grateful.

      Hugs, CurtissAnn

      Curtiss Ann Matlock

      Website/blog Love in a Small Town Mary in Color



  2. Yesterday while cleaning the kitchen after our New Years Day dinner, I pondered what my new word of the year should be and immediately the word “Awareness” came to mind. I studied that word as I was wiping down the kitchen counters. Yes, awareness is very appropriate at this time. This new year brings an awareness of feelings and thoughts that have not been allowed to surface and come to light for quite some time. I have recently been made aware of how unaware I have been in recent years. For so many years I have been living on auto-pilot and just doing what had to be done without thinking. With professional help, I have become aware of what I have neglected. I have become aware of so much that needs to be done. I have become aware of what I need in order to be who I want to be. Awareness is a gift that has been given to me in this new year. With awareness, I will move forward and become productive once again. Hopefully, organized with be an added bonus!! Happy New Year my friend!

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    • Oh, you remind me, Carolyn– Julia Cameron, the creativity writer, has said that happiness begins with paying attention. Well something like that. When we become aware, we are already moving in the direction we need to go. I, too, have hope for and a sense of now is the time for more organization. God leads and enables.
      Sending blessings,


  3. Congratulations CurtissAnn, girl you just continue to amaze me, finished a new book…wow. I think you don’t give yourself enough credit, at the very least give yourself a big pat on the back.
    Now about me…. a new book is just what I need. Just this morning I was thinking about the The Loves Of Ruby D and thought I need to read another CurtissAnn book and here you are with a new one.
    Best of luck with the new book, can not wait to read it. Please know you always remain in my prayers.

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    • Thank you for the encouragement, May. All those years ago I wrote my first book all the way through, too, not knowing if I could sell it. So here I am again, back sort of at the beginning. But now I am older and wiser. I know God helps me to write, and that all is in His hands. And I don’t worry so much when I’m writing. 🙂
      Sending hugs, dear friend.


  4. Happy New Year. So looking forward to your new novel! Happy for you for your sense of accomplishment and happy for me because I love your writing. All good wishes…

    Sent from my iPad


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  5. Oh Oh!! Can’t wait for the new book! Blessings my dear girl!!
    My words for 2018 are the same ones I had for 2018—working so far!
    Let Go~Let God!!
    Love to you~

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  6. Congratulations on finishing a new book!! My daughter just asked me today if you had written a new book. Also on the purchase of the camper, one of my dreams. Here’s to 2018. Love you my friend.

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