Yes. Yes it has.
Another one is drawing to a close, and 2018 has been without question, the best I have seen for a long time – which feels a little odd to admit, considering the vast majority of the writing I did this year was finished by the time the calendar flipped to March. Granted, that writing was the completion of my novel Slipwater, but I have still to find that agent and/or publisher who is willing to give me a chance – something that this time last year I was absolutely convinced would no longer be a concern.
But, writing aside, my personal life is in a much more profitable place than it was twelve months ago. I have a better job with better hours and prospects, and a lovely home to go back to when I’m finished… none of which would mean anything if I didn’t have anyone to share my newly acquired happiness with, and I think I’ve got that too.
I have found a girl who makes me very happy – much happier than I ever expected to be. She makes me laugh every day, and is there to give me a hug or hold my hand when I need that as well. And with her children, she has also provided me with the family that I was sure I would never be a part of, and for that I too am grateful.
As I move into 2019, I do so with a smile and the knowledge that no matter what life throws at me, it will always be easier to handle with The Girlfriend© by my side.