Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Highlights of 2017

Hello everyone! Its really hard to belive 2017 is over already. It was a really good year, with lots of ups and downs. I picked out my top highlights to share below.

The strips from my blessing jar.

I got to surprise my best friend by driving to SC and dropping in unexpectedly on her birthday. Then she and her family came down and spent a week with us later.

I cut my hair for the first time since I was like five. (Actually I did it twice)

I finished writing and editing my first full novel, Flight From Kelar.

I participated in CampNaNoWriMo twice and NaNoWriMo, completing my storys What I've Become (10k), Healing Rain (10k), Autumn's Dance (17k), Just Your Ordinary Thief (20k), and Andrea's Star (7k).

My parents took my sister Rebekkah and I on a graduation trip to Colorado where I got to see one of my oldest friends.

I turned 18!! We went to San Antonio to celebrate and it was perfect and a few days latter I got my drivers permit!

I met Abigayle Claire, Jessica Greyson, Ivy Rose, Alicia Willis, and Rachelle Rea. Talk about amazing authors!

I took my first plane trip to spend a week with my friend Micaiah and her family. This was amazing.

I got my senior photos done by Lindsey from BFCG and sent out my official graduation announcements.

It snowed. Here in Texas. I was so happy!

And here are my top blog posts from the year:

Worth the Wait Totally Graced
(Such a beautiful reminder)

Gold A Purpose and a Promise
(Now one of my favorite poems ever)

Change Your Words Burning Youth
(Hitting me where it needed to hurt)

Its Okay to Be Okay Twilight to Dawn
(Felt like a breath of fresh air)

God in Fantasy Fiction Adventure Awaits
(Amazing post that's hits be again every time I write) 

What Few Ever Knew Lakeside Publication
(The inspiring story of Ivy's struggle)

 Pity Party's are My Specialty Elizabeth Anne
(A raw and perspective changing post)

Choose To Believe (Or Not) Letters to Jayna
(Powerful truth told in a relatable way) 

Why I am Rethinking the Language I use The Barefoot Girl
(Something I've also been thinking a lot about)

What were your highlights of the year? Any favorite posts? Hit me with the links below and I'll check them out!


  1. A blessing jar is such a good idea!

    Also, the snow was AMAZING!!! XD

    1. Thanks! It's been really fun to have around!

      IT WAS!! I loved the snow so much! =D

  2. Hi I'm new on your blog! Looks like you had a very good year and I hope this year is even better for you!

    Lily @ lilymaesday.blogspot.com

    1. Hey Lily, thank you so much for stopping by! It was an awesome year! I hope you have a great 2018!

  3. WOW! Quite the year of accomplishments! How exciting! That's awesome you were able to go to San Antonio; its one of my bucket list travel destinations :)

    You can visit my blog at -> belivy.blogspot.com

    1. Thank you! That is awesome! San Antonio is beautiful; I hope you get to go! =D


  4. It sounds like you had a lot of lovely things happen last year, Mikayla! How fun to meet in person those authors you've gotten to know online. (I've only met two in person: Sarah Maxwell (years ago!) and Jesseca Wheaton.

    1. It really has been awesome! It was really cool, I've never met that many authors in one year before!
      Oh fun! Jesseca is awesome (even thought I've never had the pleasure of meeting her)!

  5. Sounds like you had a great 2017, and I hope your 2018 is blessed as well! And also, thanks so much for including my post in your favorites... that really encouraged me. xx

    1. It was a pretty awesome year! Thank you so much! It was my pleasure!!

  6. I'm so behind on reading blog posts, so I'm just now seeing this; but, Awww, Mikayla! I'm so honored that the senior photo shoot made your highlights! It was definitely a highlight for me to take them as well! <3
    Hugs, girl!

    1. No problem! It was an amazing part of my year. I had a ton of fun with you! <3


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