2017: A Year in Review with Amanda

2017: A Year in Review with Amanda
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Hello, darlin’ butterflies! Who is ready to tell 2017 to kick rocks? I know I am. It’s been a difficult year full of lessons and painful growth. But, it hasn’t been all bad. Not even mostly bad. I think when you reflect back on a year (or any time period) the highs and lows stand out more but the lows…they can really leave a mark, you know?

Amanda The Girl

Amanda & Mamaw 1996

For the sake of time (and posterity) I’ll just share my highest high and my lowest low of 2017. In July I lost my grandmother. I have been pretty quiet about because that is just how I deal but it has been one of the most painful experiences of my life. My Mamaw was such a bright and unique person. She was young right up until she was gone. That’s how I always saw her, and ironically, how I see myself. As a girl trapped in an aging body living a life that has increasing responsibilities and achievements. But, always, a girl.


Air Man First Class Lebron

The highest high occurred just this month. Last week, to be precise. Shawn drove me and my younger two spawn to my mom’s for Christmas (YAY) where we also surprised my oldest spawn who is serving in the Air Force. Seeing the unfiltered joy on his face when I opened the door filled my heart so much it could have burst. After nearly two years away it was SO good to hug my baby!


It was also especially important to me that I spend this Christmas with my mom. The first holidays after losing a family member are probably the very hardest and I didn’t want her to experience that without us being together. Seeing my youngest she spawn chat and bond with her Nana was another soul salve moment.

Amanda The Business Owner

This year has been a year of incredible growth for Our Write Side. We added a new co-owner who has helped us move things along in a positive direction. We published eight books this year! We already have a full schedule for 2018. In February we will launch OWS-U, our affordable, online course for authors.

Amanda The Girl With Goals

MACRO GOAL for 2017: Increase my Patreon community so that my writing income will allow me to continue writing. While I didn’t grow my Patreon community as much as I had hoped, it did grow. I have come to understand that it is a slow burn and I just need to keep working at it consistently. I already have lots planned for 2018, starting with a poem the goes live tomorrow. You can join my Patreon community HERE.

Micro Goals:

  • Launched products on Etsy shop, (which took off, so I am redirecting some of my attention there)!
  • Wrote new articles based on keyword relevance
  • Decided to focus more effort on building my personal brand through this website
  • Helped run my publishing company with my amazing partners
    >Which included helping to coordinate several book launches for other authors
  • Continued writing my fiction stories and fantasy book
  • Managed her Patreon profile which includes adding weekly and monthly content

My goals shifted during the 100 iCreateDaily Challenge. I realized the importance of being flexible and paying attention to clues on which area of work is ready to take off more fully, in spite of what may have been planned. So, I accomplished my new and revised goals all while being a mom, wife, and helping to manage staff and projects for OWS, Ink!

Amanda The Witch

I am going into 2018 with a clear path for my faith. I don’t talk about it a lot but I don’t hide it either. Mostly, because I believe Faith is a personal journey. I realize, however, that some people have a hard time finding their way and many of these people seem to be instinctively drawn to me. I’m more of the “live as an example” than “tell people how to live” kind of person. I don’t believe there is one truth. I’m not lost and I’m not searching for “God.” I’m searching for Good.

It’s the night before a brand new day. It’s the night before a brand new month. It’s the night before a brand new year. I will still be the same old me. But, I will be her more mindfully this year. No resolutions. No list of goals tonight. Just a promise to show up for me, every day in 2018.

Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy!
Blessed be.





Amanda Mabry is one of the founders of OWS and their Executive Marketing Director. If you haven’t already, be sure to visit her Patreon page for a dark and stormy walk through the park of her imagination. New stories are posted monthly along with playlists, polls, and more. You can read her supernatural thriller, Next Best Seller, in Tales From Our Write Side and her poetry in Ambrosia both available on Amazon.

About The Author
Amanda Hester Amanda Hester is currently working on several projects, including a short story collection, Darker Daze: The Storms Within and the first book in her Chthonian Guardian, Soul Purge, which will be published in early 2016. She has a sci-fi project in the works, Vivamus, which will be released early in 2017.

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