New Year, New Attitude
The New Year is upon us and I, for one, could not be happier. The Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twelve was not one of the kindest I’ve experienced in my sixty two years on earth.
It was a volatile year globally and personally. I’m a pretty positive person. I like to think I make the extra effort to find the silver lining. Some years are harder than others with that goal.
This year was difficult for my father-in-law, which in turn made it difficult for all of us who care for and about him. He is ninety four now and it is definitely showing.
It was a year of transitions with friends and family. There’s moving on and there’s moving out. I’ve seen both. Some things hurt more than others, but I always hope for the best. Love will find a way.
Nationally we’ve been through so much this year.
*One of the ugliest election years I can remember (even if I am happy with the end result).
*A hurricane so wild, crazy, and destructive they called it a Super Storm!
*And right in the midst of our most generous and giving time of year there were 26 innocent lives gone in a senseless rage of violence.
I came across this quote by Cecily Tyson today that I believe can give us some perspective on the lessons of this year:
“The sum total of my life experience profited more from negative than positive events. When you’re able to survive and reach another level of awareness it gives you more strength and confidence and enriches life more.
The negative experiences help me to find the positive, survive stronger, and richer, and fuller. More in touch with what God wants me to be in touch with.
You’ve survived and once you survive you’re on another level because you came through the storm. Storms are stimulating!”
I find that quote stimulating and encouraging, don’t you?
My hope is to find the lessons in the negatives and for the New Year to have more love and peace, both globally and personally.
On the bright side…
I’m grateful for all my author friends who have experienced the success of their hard work this year. They are smart, talented, generous women who are paving the way and encouraging those of us still dreaming the dream.
My goal for next year is to stop trying to figure out what I am, writer/ artist, and learn how to be better at both. I began earlier this month with a Media Boot Camp where I learned about self-promotion. It was fun.
I was so encouraged I signed up for a one day conference in Feb. on Picture Books. I may get Sugar Bugs published before the second Duffy Chronicles. That may lead to a weekend retreat on writing. Can an art class be far behind?
I love my new blog design (Thank YOU Susie Riley!) and how much the blog has grown this year. I am very hopeful for continued growth. Thanks to all of you for your continued support!
I’m thinking about a possible Blogstress gathering at the beach this year. I love how so many of us cross paths through our blogging and think it would be fun to get together for a weekend and really get to know each other and share ideas. Our own little conference. If you haven’t started blogging yet now would be the time!!
I will be starting a Newsletter for the New Year and if you would like to receive it please sign-up over on the sidebar. I won’t be jamming your inbox that often, I promise. No more than once a month at the most, perhaps just quarterly in the beginning.
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As Ms. Tyson so eloquently stated…
“You’ve survived and once you survive you’re on another level because you came through the storm. Storms are stimulating!”
Here’s hoping we all survive stronger and more stimulated in The Year of Our Lord Twenty Thousand Thirteen.
What plans are you cooking up for the new year? Feel free to share them here.