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Dec. 29, 2022

Year in Review

Year in Review

So it feels fitting right now to reflect on all the comings and goings of A Juicy Pear Podcast, and also to take a peek into my writing life! I would like to say thank you to all the guests that have come on the show so far. I've learned so much from all of you! There's nothing better than having an intimate chat with someone over coffee, or a cocktail for that matter!

I've learned so much and my life feels so much richer with the new friendships and connections I've made. The show is currently rated in the top 10% of all podcasts worldwide, which I'm proud of! I can't wait to see what the new year will bring, and to showcase all the different interviews I get to share with you. Stay tuned, there's lots more to come!  

It's funny, the more people I interview, the more I realize what a incredible, magical world that we live in. 

I've had some fun experiences with my writing life. It can be a solitary experience at times, mixed in with some ups and downs. But finding my soul purpose and getting it out there feels almost magical. I love book signings and interacting with others, and I'm looking forward to having more in the coming year. 

I was able to have a book signing in my hometown this summer, and even though it was a cool, rainy, day in the middle of August, I was warmed by the hospitality and friendliness of everyone that came by to say hi and to purchase an autographed book. I still pinch myself that I get to do this, and only proves that dreams do come true!

I will treasure the memory of being invited out to stay at a friends' farm, she was so friendly and generous. Over wine, bruschetta, and a bonfire, we chatted and laughed until late into the evening about writing, books and life. She is a fellow author, and we happened to meet at a book signing I had up in Newaygo, Mi. When she said, 'you have to come on my radio show and have a book signing at my store', I couldn't believe it. It was such a god-wink moment, you just never know where life can take you.

While I was in my hometown in Wi, my sister and I took a drive out to the resort where we both grew up, it's such a beautiful place all tucked in with surrounding pines. I still can't believe I grew up there! This sleepy, magical place is really the whole inspiration behind my book series. I'm thankful that I wrote it, and I really hope my book has captured at least part of its essence.

The resort has new owners now, but they were nice enough to let us walk the grounds, which is interesting to experience 'as a visitor'. They are doing great things to the resort, and I'm so happy that it's finally being loved and cared for properly.

Sooo, my book series! Exciting things are happening, and I can't say quite yet, other than I'm working diligently on book no. 3. There is scraps of paper throughout the house, with notes and ideas, and probably a few even tucked under the bed. I have to figure out how this book will come together, despite my creative chaos. I'm not a fan of New Year's resolutions, but if I had to choose one thing to do, I guess I would try and be more organized. (I don't give myself good odds on that one!) :-P

This will be the last book in this series. However, I have several ideas for a few different books, and I can't wait to get that going. Trying to do this and manage the comings and goings of four teenagers is a challenge, however, I'm up for it. Even if some days it means to set the writing aside (which is hard to do).    

I'm very excited to have A Juicy Pear Podcast nominated by the Hollywood Digest as a podcast to listen to during the holidays. This whole journey has been such a whirlwind, I look forward to all the adventures that the new year will bring. Wishing everyone reading this good health and prosperity. Be kind to yourself, and to others. As we come into the new year, don't forget the power of your dreams. Consider doing one thing that will get you closer to it. I promise, you won't regret it.

Wishing you All an Amazing New Year! - Wendy