5 LESSONS I LEARNED IN 2015

Hello everyone,

Initially, I wanted to share this post in January, but life has a funny way of sneaking up on you. Cliché, I know. But, it’s true. 2015 was a hectic year for me, and I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on a few things so I’ve decided to share with you a few life lessons.

  1. Carbs are not the enemy

Nowadays, nearly everyone is food conscious. Thinking about what you put in your body is not a terrible thing. I have a few friends who have switched to eating plant-based alternatives from animal foods for a more organic, healthier lifestyle. This is not the issue. It just seems that almost everyone I see on social media is counting calories to lose weight for an hourglass figure, and I can’t help but feel like an outsider that I actually enjoy eating… a lot. I used to try to fit the status quo and have the ideal body that’s expected of me until I realized that I enjoy feeding my hunger far too much.

  1. Music therapy is a thing (and it actually works)

One of the best thing that helps gets me out of a bad funk is listening to music. Music helps clear my mind and refreshes my senses. It calms me.

  1. It’s okay to make mistakes

I’ve made a lot of mistakes in 2015 (admittedly, my entire life). I’ve tried, and I’ve failed. They say you can’t make the same mistake twice . . . well, I have. I should be ashamed, but I’m not because I don’t strive for perfection. Life doesn’t come with a handbook (don’t I wish), and I’m still learning. I have many more years left to live and I don’t want to spend it afraid to do challenging, scary things. I enjoy experimenting and I like to push myself to new, unknown territories. If I make a few mistakes along the way, so be it.

  1. Daydreaming can be counterproductive

I admit, I’m an obsessive daydreamer. I fantasize about my ideal life so much that I rather let my mind wander than take steps that are needed to accomplish my goals. Instead of daydreaming for hours, I need to actually do something about it. I’ve learned that daydreaming helps motivates me, but now I need to learn how to energize myself and channel that energy to create my desired future into reality.

  1. You’re never too old to celebrate your birthday

The last time I celebrated my birthday, I was turning 21. It’s been a few years since then and it was the last time I did anything for my birthday. I suppose now that I’m older, I’m not as excited about my birthday, and I feel a little silly when my friends try to plan me a birthday party. Truth be told, I really enjoyed my 21st birthday party. It was the last time I felt so carefree, no worries in the world. Now that I’m older, I have far more responsibilities. I’m always busy with either school or work, and I don’t have much time for myself.  In 2015, I’ve learned that I need to take a break from life to save my sanity and being carefree just for one day (or two) can be good for me. *Note to self: start planning a weekend getaway for upcoming birthday*

What are some things that you’ve learned last year? I would love to hear from you!

Giveaway + Teaser

Hello, everyone. My book is set to be released on March 8, 2016. Currently, I’m giving away 2 free copies of Falling Light on Goodreads. I’m also giving away a $20 Amazon GC open for internationally! I will post more information on the $20 Amazon GC in a few days but for now, I thought it would be a fun idea to post a teaser for Falling Light.

falling light promo

Falling Light

I’m excited to announce that Falling Light will be published in March 2016.

Synopsis:

This will be the summer of love. . . and death.

When seventeen-year-old Rosalynn Young pictured her summer vacation, she didn’t think she would be spending it working as a maid at the Millennium Hotel. She imagined painting and gardening. But soon, in spite of her disappointment, she meets Victor Gregoire. Wayward and enigmatic, he sends a chill up her spine. Everything about him feels foreign—unearthly.

Dangerously drawn to Victor, Rosalynn willfully ignores his volatile mood swings. When she impulsively enters Victor’s room, she finds a journal dating back to the 19th Century and a photograph of him from August 14, 1874. He’s hiding something sinister and she’s desperate to find out what, even if it means risking everything.

But Rosalynn fails to realize that her attraction to Victor comes at a price and she soon learns some secrets are better kept hidden.

She’s in for the summer job of a lifetime.

About me

Dayana Morency discovered her passion for writing at the age of ten. Drawn to magic, mythology and legends, she began writing short stories in the fifth grade. FALLING LIGHT is her debut novel and she is an author of paranormal romance books for teens. Aside from writing, she’s an occasional blogger with a passion for traveling, double fudge brownies, and all things literary. She currently resides in Miami, Florida.

Email: authordayanamorency@gmail.com