Goodbye, 2016… Don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out!

Written by Kay on . Posted in A Bratt's Life, About Publishing, China-Inspired Book Recommendations, For Dog Lovers


Hi ya’ll,

2017 is here and not a moment too soon! Can I get an amen?

Last year was brutal. Not just in politics (won’t go there) or in reference to the violence around the world, but also to me personally and I’m glad to see it gone. I can’t say nothing good happened, because through the trials and tribulations, towards the end of the year I finally found the courage to put on my big girl pants and say no.

I’m finding I’m stronger than I gave myself credit for and I could tell you all the things I’ve said no to in the last few months, but let’s suffice it to say that here in my 47th year on this earth, I am going to try something new and put my own well-being and path to peace on the top of the priority list.

Personally, that means I’m going to take more time to sit on the beach and enjoy the sun, maybe meet some more turtles out on Amelia Island.


I’ll use the bike I got for Christmas to get out and feel the breeze on my face. There’ll be more breaks, stretching, and back to yoga I go. I’ll take every opportunity to consider and be thankful for my blessings, especially for my Ben and our ongoing love story. #Almost23YearsStrong


I’ll try to bridge the distance with loved ones I’ve broken apart from, but if it doesn’t work I’ll be at peace with the decision to let it go.


I’ll find a new avenue for volunteer work. Something different than I’ve done in the past but something that will fill the never-ceasing need in me to be of service to others. I’ll play with my dogs more. Give them more walks. More snuggles. More trips to the park. I’ll put more emphasis on family relationships and friendships, old and new, and work to let each one of them know their worth to me.


I’ll release my search for the proper medication to treat my autoimmune disease, and instead focus on diet, breathing, and emotional well-being as treatment for the chronic pain. I’ll return to a place of spiritual content, relying on a higher power to fill my soul and shelter me from life’s pain.


I’ll stop obsessing about the future and focus on the present, squeezing every drop of joy I can out of my days before they are gone in a flash. I’ll continue my goals to find ways to scatter kindness in small ways throughout my days.


Professionally, I will release my first women’s contemporary fiction book where I rely on my love for dogs and my experiences as a child advocate to bring the reader a story of a young woman battling demons from her childhood as she journeys toward her own happily ever after.


WISH ME HOME is available for pre-order now and will hit your kindles on March 21.

In the fall, I’ll release a historical fiction trilogy titled Sworn Sisters. It is set in the late nineteenth century and chronicles the saga of three young Chinese women, bound by fate and determined to overcome oppression and heartache to find a better life in America. Be sure to join my newsletter to be notified when all the new books are ready to go!
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So those are my goals for 2017 and I hope that you’ve set some too. As always, thank you so much for supporting my work. And by the way, what is your main focus or goal for the new year?

Much love to you and yours,


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Comments (4)

  • Tammie Hersh


    My goal for 2017?
    Make the world a more pain-free place for my husband who suffers terribly from the complications of diabetes.
    Show my daughter that she can rise above & do anything she sets her mind to doing. We’ve always told her that but lately she is overwhelmed by the illness & death in our family.
    For me personally, I will continue to give back to my community by serving the members of my synagogue via the youth department, religious school & social action committee.
    Oh! I will also hunt down books by my favorite authors!
    Wishing you & your family peace!


  • Joan Romano


    My goal is to find out what I do for the rest of my life. I will be retiring soon from being a stay at home mom, and want to find a new meaningful job. I also am committed to writing again. Thanks for the inspiration you are.


  • Jan Cederlund


    Found your orphan book about China fascinating and inspiring. Are you (personally) still taking and tracking cash donations to ensure they are used as intended? I usually don’t donate internationally because of frequent funding mismanagement but it appeared you had that covered awhile back…. Much of the info at the end of the book is dated 2012, and your current post appears to be about new books etc in early 2017… Are you still involved with the orphans? I’d like to help but directly through someone involved. Happy New Year to you and yours, Kay! Jan from Illinois.


  • Janice Mess


    I am so excited for the Lake Union Author chat on the 20th. I’ll be there! I absolutely love Price C – the doggie shirt! Chat soon!


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