Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Fear in the New Year

I was hesitant at first about being so high in the air.

If you've seen the Tomb Raider movie, you will recall the awesome scene in Lara Croft's mansion where she is bungy jumping/doing air acrobatics via a harness and stretchy cables from her lofty ceiling. I imagined it would feel like you're flying. The flips looked so easy and I wondered if it really was. When I was in Natchitoches, La. a few weeks ago, I got a chance to find out.

Down by the riverbank, there was an attraction where you could put on a harness attached to stretchy cables and bounce on a small trampoline contraption. I couldn't let the kids have all the fun and I enlisted my new friend, Aneesha, to try too. She was in line with her son, we found out we're the same age and agreed that we're not getting any younger so we might as well try it! 

So anyway my friend tried a flip and couldn't do one (to be fair she recently had a baby)...

Okay, so I'm jumping and after a few bounces, I knew that I had to at least try. I ended up doing six back flips (It was awesome and the best workout ever! See video proof below) … and I fulfilled a dream—a small one but still a dream.
What I realized was that in writing, in life we can’t be scared to leap—take a risk, follow a dream…even if your family and friends look at you like a grown-up playing on a playground.
2012 was filled with so many milestones in my writing life. It was a whole new adventure for me and it took braving the unknown to face it.
Finish a manuscript, have test readers, start this blog, be a speaker at a writer’s conference, query an agent, receive high scores in my first fiction contest, create an author website, judge my first contest, create and send a book proposal, create my author tagline and branding, join the American Christian Fiction Writers…it all took courage and faith way beyond me.
But my wonderful critique partner Carole Lehr Johnson held my hand through it all and I had peace from God that this new writing journey is what I’m supposed to do.
After all that progressed in this past year, I can’t wait to see what happens in 2013. I’d like to thank all those who have encouraged me and given me advice this past year. It's appreciated more than you can imagine.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain 

I challenge you to make a list of what filled your past year. I'm sure you'll find there was more accomplished then you think. What was something in the past year that you did that surprised you?

I wish everyone the best in the new year! May God bless you all!


Here is the proof of my back flips: :)



  1. I loved your post, Morgan! I'm so far behind on reading your posts; something I can do better since the holidays are past. Thank you for listing the things you accomplished in this past year! I was able to make a similar list and see that I accomplished more than I thought I had. I look forward to hopefully seeing you again; maybe more than once this year. I look forward to hearing of more of your dreams and adventures achieved.

    1. Hi Cindy! :)

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. With your response about creating a similar list, you reminded me that I forgot to post a question at the post's end. Thanks!

      Keep up the great work on your blog too! Hope you are having a great new year!