Looking back on 2017, and forward to 2018

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Ahh…a new year! A magical clean slate to start over, try again and try and fix the mistakes of the previous year.

But for once, instead of beating myself up for the things I did not accomplish in 2017 (like publish Full Circle), I’m going to recall the things I did manage to do, because although 2017 was a total roller coaster, it has left me and my family with many happy memories and proud moments.

Starting with our health. Our family went sugar free in January last year, and although in December we wined and dined like there was no tomorrow, we were pretty good the whole year. I’m really proud over all of how much more conscious we are of what we eat and how much more we move.

Our kids flourished at school and otherwise in 2017. Our eldest moved from an Afrikaans language stream to English, and despite the challenges that that can bring when you are 10, he sailed through the year. Not only that, he also got his blue belt in karate! The younger little guy finished his first grade like a rock star and moved to the goalie position in his soccer team, where he did really well. They’re growing up fast, and I could not be prouder of how they carry themselves out there in the big wide world.

We travelled to the US and hiked up Mt. Lassen. We also went to Las Vegas and spent time with our American friends.

We got married! In November I married my high school sweetheart <3

I released Without You, a secret novella just for my subscribers.

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I guess, what I’m trying to say is – yes, I did not reach my goal last year to publish a second book, but I did a lot of other great things. And sometimes you just have to cut yourself a break, and “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”




And on that note, here are my Wildly Important Goals for 2018.

  1. I want to publish Full Circle as soon as possible.
  2. I want to complete my first draft of my next novel (which I’ve already started working on).
  3. I want to read more books, like at least 50 this year.
  4. I want to learn to meditate.
  5. I want more quality time with family.


I hope that your coming year is filled with adventures instead of detours, and opportunities instead of disappointments. May 2018 be year where you find yourself further along the path you want to be, living your life to the fullest with those you love.

Cindi Page Author


Why ‘The End’ is never really The End

It’s Sunday, the 15th October 2017. I’ve just finished my final revision for my second romance novel and new novel FULL CIRCLE, which is the final instalment, and follow up book to my debut, A PIECE OF MY HEART.

Early this morning, I nudged my fiancé awake to tell him that I’d declared a today a duvet day. I needed to write the ending to my book. It started raining, which if you had insight into the current water crisis in the region I live in South Africa, you’d understand, rain in October is a big deal. (We only have 18% usable water left in our dams, and summer hasn’t started yet).

So, today is bittersweet.

  • I finished the final revision to my second book FULL CIRCLE (it took me 18 months to write this one, but hey!)
  • It rained for a couple of hours.
  • My Ouma Jane would have been 101 years old today and I can’t believe she’s been gone for 4 years already.
  • My Ouma Audrey died on this day, 8 years ago.

But if there’s  one thing I’ve learned about ‘The End’, it’s this: the end is never really ‘The End’. I may have had to say goodbye to my grandmothers, but they still live in my memories of them. I may have finished writing this book, but the work is far from done.

‘The End’ does not mean that your book is not magically done. No, the writing may be  largely complete, save for the editor’s instructions / changes. But the work of publishing your book has just started. Cover. Formatting. Book Blurb. Marketing. Waiting for the reviews to roll in. Printing proofs and sign offs. Freebies. Distribution.

The list can go on for days. But I would not have it any other way.

Today we celebrate!

Cindi Page Author






P.S. Here’s a very unflattering pic of me, still in my PJs at 2 in the afternoon, with a glass of bubbly celebrating finishing my book FULL CIRCLE.

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