This is the time of year when people reflect upon what has happened and what will be.

But I’d rather reflect upon the now. The moment I’m living in this very second. And this second, for me, is all about honesty.

As real and pure as honesty is, it’s also hard. It’s not always easy to give. And it can be difficult to hear. But acknowledgment of the truth can change the very seconds we’re living in.

It takes courage and strength to be honest with who you are; to look in the mirror and respect the person looking back at you. There are days that person looks like a stranger. Someone you’ve never met before. Someone you don’t want to know. But every day, that person is you. And every day, you should challenge that person to be better.

Better than the day before. Better than the hour before. Better than the second before.

Because you can… you are… better. Look. Can’t you see it?

It may take even more courage and strength to look the person you love and care about in the eye, with the risk of losing them, and want them to want more from this life. You can’t make them. You can only want it for them.

Because the truth… the honest truth… won’t set them free. Only they can. And that realization may hurt, but the honesty you share might actually save them. LadyX

I will always strive to be better –to smile at the reflection looking back at me with acceptance. I love with all that I am. I protect with every ounce of my being. I give until there’s nothing left. And I cannot live without being honest… even if that leaves me with a loss.

I could sit here and reflect upon my amazing moments of 2013… and there have been many. Or I could be excited for what is to come in 2014, because it will be the most life-altering year yet. But I’d rather live in the moment I’m in.

I know there is no better day than the one I’m living… until tomorrow.




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  1. Hi, my name is Sara and I have read your books. They’re so magnificent and have taught me a lot. I had a question not just for you if you read this but also anyone in this discussion. I wanted to know if there was a fourth book you are working on in the breathing series. I love them so much! I would love to know! Hopefully there is, and you keep up with this amazing story with allowing it to teach us more great things. <3

    1. Hi Sara! There will not be a fourth book in The Breathing Series. But you will see everyone again in The Burning Series (Jonathan’s Trilogy), that I plan to write later this year.

  2. Hi Rebecca,

    ‘Acceptance’ and ‘now’ — that’s what real living is about. Also, of course, ‘gratitude’ and ‘forgiveness’.

    It took me sooooooooo long to figure this out but you can either be happy or you can be ‘right’. You’ve got to choose because you can’t possibly be both.

    Turns out, being ‘right’ is the booby prize!

    So glad for the chance to meet you this evening. I look forward to reading more of you work!



  3. I just finished reading book three of the “Breathe” series. It compelled me to do something I’ve never done before. I had to let Ms. Donovan know how much I loved this series. It is so honest that it was intense to read at times. It is a wonderful story of a remarkable young woman, who is real. She is like all real people. She is not a saint and she tries hard to do the best she knows how to do. I would like to believe that very few people have experienced the kind of abuse that Emma did. However, as you watch the news, you begin to realize that horrible child abuse happens much more often than we would like to believe. It is my hope that someone who has experienced that kind of pain could connect with this book and be encouraged by Emma’s journey. I will be passing this series to my 17 year old granddaughter. One of life’s most important lessons is found repeatedly in these books. For every action there is a consequence.

  4. Rebecca,

    Please don’t think I’m shilling for the band. I think they’re fabulous and I hope you do too.

    Deaf Havana is coming to town next week,. They’re from UK but they’ve got Irish connections. Recently released “Old Souls”; prior to that “Fools and Worthless Liars”. Check them out and drop me a line.

    I would be SHOCKED if you don’t like them!!


  5. Rebecca,
    I met you last year at a book signing in Austin, TX which at that time I had not read your books. Well I’m writing this to tell you now, which I wish I could have told you in person, that The Breathing Series was absolutely AMAZING!!!!! I cried, I laughed, I felt all emotions for Emma, Evan, Jonathon, Rachel – heck all of them! You are an amazing author and CANNOT wait to read more from you! Thank you for giving me the chance to read your wonderful writing :)!


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