Friday, February 5, 2016

A Good Year

This post is a bit late but I tend to reflect over a period of time, not just on New Year's Day. I almost didn't post this since it is the fifth day of February, but I'm hoping to post more frequently this year. For me 2015 was a pretty good year...except for writing, a fact that I'm accepting as just that and not a reason to beat myself up.

That should make me frustrated and sad, and on some level it does a little bit. Except that my year was full of many highs, memories that I will treasure, a tragedy that still doesn't seem real, and a birthday that made me reflect on where I am now and where I'd like to be in the future. I made decisions about my down time that felt right for my mental well-being. That included more relaxing, spending time with family and friends, reading (however, no YA for months) and yes, less writing.

I had my doubts about whether I could return to that state of sitting down at my computer and loving the process of creating characters, setting, and a plot. Or if I even wanted to again. But I did.

So here are some of the highlights of last year...

My oldest daughter (2nd child) graduating from high school with all the activities involved (prom, award ceremonies, graduation, etc.).

That same daughter being accepted to many great universities and choosing the one which she is currently attending. Very time consuming but wonderful process. I'm so proud of her!

My son working abroad last summer. He's a senior at the university he attends and will graduate this year. CRAZY!

My second daughter receiving her Confirmation (on the night of her sister's graduation! how's that for a "what are the chances" kind of thing). We're now focusing on the college process for her.

My dad's health remaining stable through this past year. *Thank you, Lord!

Work responsibilities changing again. About the same hours, a bit more responsibility from last year.

Deciding to participate in NaNoWriMo as a total pantser. I'll share more about this in my next post.

Here's hoping that 2016 will be kind, full of happy times with those I love, and that my writing goals will be met. I wish all the same for you!

*I don't think I've ever alluded to my faith on my blog, but I have to mention here, that it's my faith in God that grounds me. If not for my love for and trust in God I can't imagine staying sane during the ups and downs of life.


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