Looking Back at 2017

Before we get too far into 2018, why not savor our milestone events and take a look back at 2017.
With that goal in mind, my writerly pals and I are sharing our personal moments from last year in the Looking Back at 2017 Blog Hop. 
What was my happiest and saddest moment in 2017? What were your highs, and lows? Read my answers below and share my year with me, then be sure and visit the other #GR8Blogs linked at the end of this post for more memorable moments.
I encourage all of you to answer these questions as well so you can reminisce, count your blessings, and remember what you learned along the way!
So, what were my most memorable moments from 2017?


Our family is a very spiritual one. A choice that we made for ourselves is to have God first and foremost in our lives. So, when my husband’s grandfather felt the same and made a personal dedication, we couldn’t have been happier!


In March my dear grandmother suffered a severe stroke. We were not sure if she would make it. Well, she’s a fighter our grandma! She was determined that she was not done living her life and is recovering along nicely. In November, my mother and I flew back down to LA to visit with her and our family.


I was totally flabbergasted when I learned in July that one of my books won silver in the 2017 Literary Classics Book Awards Contest! Off we flew to Rapid City South Dakota, to receive my silver award for Little Katie Goes to the Moon and to share in a fantastic weekend of writers workshops, the Great America Book Festival, and hobnobbing with some pretty impressive fellow award-winning authors.


My amazingly supportive, charming, handsome husband and I celebrated nine years of wedded bliss. Cannot believe this year will be the big 1 0!!
This was the gist of my year. Along the way, I laughed and cried, I learned many things. I was reminded that life could change so quickly and unexpectedly. Things are not always what they seem, and experienced some setbacks with some writing stuff at the end of the year, but that’s ok! 2018 is a new year, filled with fresh possibilities and adventure awaits just around the corner. I wish I could share some of the things I have in the pipes, all in due time. Until then, stick around and see what 2018 has in store!
Thanks for stopping by and sharing my most memorable moments. How was your 2017? If you’re so inclined, share your most memorable moments in the comment section below.
For more look-back moments, visit the #Gr8Blogs below!
Julie Gorges: Baby Boomer Bliss
Rosie Russell Books By Rose

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5 thoughts on “Looking Back at 2017

  • Julie Gorges

    You had an eventful year for sure! As you know, I am a spiritual person as well and I absolutely loved that your happiest moment was when your hubby’s Grandpa was baptized – showing that it is never too late to make a positive change in your life. So inspiring! Glad Grandma is recovering, so scary, and a big congrats on your book award and ninth anniversary. Can’t wait to see what this next year has in store for you!

    • Carmela Dutra Post author

      Thank’s Julie. 2017 was certainly an interesting year. I’m very excited to see what 2018 has in store, as you know a little of the work stuff writing wise I have already shared with you. I cannot wait to see where 2018 takes you and your family as well.

  • Rosie Russell

    Loved your “Look Back on 2017” Carmela!
    Thank you for sharing your story about your happiest moments with your family. Congratulations to all.
    I hope your grandmother is healing more and more everyday. I’m know those were some scary times for you. So happy you have been able to get in some good visits with her.
    What a wonderful honor for you and “Little Katie” to win the 2017 Literary Classics Book Awards Contest! So proud of you and how hard you work on your stories along with being a mom, wife, and so much more.
    Congrats to you and your husband for almost ten years of marriage!
    Looking forward to what you have in store for 2018. I’ll stay in touch for sure.
    Thanks again for your post and best wishes for 2018!

  • Cat Michaels

    Carmela, what a year of blessings you’ve had across all generations of your family! Congrats! And kudos on your writing accomplishments, especially the Literary Classics Award. Can’t wait to see what’s up your sleeve for 2018 -:D

  • Sandra Bennett

    Congratulations on a wonderfully successful year Carmela both for family and your writing career. So pleased to hear your grandma is recovering so well. May her health continue to improve as she grows in strength everyday. Best wishes for another successful year ahead.