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Hello!! Welcome to my blog! My name is Bella Raine, and I am a Christ following, creative, outgoing teenager. This blog is about all things art, books, and writing!

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2023 In Review + Looking Ahead To 2024

Hello!!

Now I know I’m a bit late for this kind of post, I mean New Years at this point has come and gone, but I’m not letting that stop me! I thought a post looking back over last year as well as looking ahead to 2024 would be fun, so let’s dive in!

My 2023 In Review

2023 was a big year in many ways!! I started to write out my highlights, and ended up with over 30 so, I’ve paired it down to just my seven favorite parts of my year! (after all, seven is the number of completion! πŸ˜‰)

  • Joined the Young Writer’s Workshop, one of the best decisions for my writing I’ve made so far!! ✍️
  • Wrote my first novel, got three copies printed out, edited the first draft, and sent it to alpha readers! πŸŽ‰
  • Started my blog on April 21st, and have felt so loved and supported by all of my friends, family, and subscribers!Β 
  • Attended the Young Writer’s Can Change The World summit and was firehosed with amazing information!! πŸ˜„
  • Opened my online store for my art! ☺️
  • Remodeled the bedroom my sister and I share! It’s dreamy now! 😍
  • Had a really special birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s celebrating with my friends and family! β€οΈπŸ™

Looking Forward To 2024

There are a few goals and things I’d love to work towards accomplishing this year!! And yes, there are seven of these too! πŸ˜‰

  • Read more books! πŸ“š
  • Grow my art business with local opportunities! 🎨
  • Get to see some of my out-of-town friends in real life! πŸ«‚
  • Write 2+ novels! πŸ“
  • Find a mentor / be a mentor! 😁
  • Receive professional edits on my writing! βœ’οΈ
  • Spend more time in God’s Word! πŸ™

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All in all, 2023 was an amazing year. Full of books, new opportunities, frozen kombucha, laughs, writing, hugs, tears, sweatshirts, growth, and beauty. I’m SO thankful for every one of you who has chosen to come along my blog journey with you! Your support, your comments, your kind words, they all matter, and I appreciate them!! I can’t wait to see where 2024 takes me, and you!

How was your 2023? What are some of your goals for 2024? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Happy New Year, friends!

Until next time,

Bella πŸ‘‹

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8 Responses

  1. My 2023 was full of ups and downsβ€” but God never promised easy, just that He would be faithful to guide and be with me through it all.
    Some of my goals are to finish my current novel, between first draft and final edits, and maybe another. I have several story ideas in my head, but I’ll take my writing goals one book at a time! For all I know, DT will be completely done three months from now, haha!
    I also plan on connecting with more people through my email list and getting up earlier on a regular basis!

  2. Cheering you on so hard, Bella! You did some amazing things this year, and I can’t wait to see where God takes you in the next πŸ€—

    Hehe, makes me smile how similar our year highlights are! Mine just shifted slightly to focus on Author. XD

    1. Aww Lydia thank you so much!!! The same to you, friend!! You’re going to accomplish awesome things, I just know it!
      Oh my word that’s hilarious!!! I love it!

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