I cannot express enough how thankful I am to see 2017 in the past. It was a difficult and challenging year in many ways. I watched my grandmother fall to an evil illness. I had a major surgery that hit me a bit harder than I expected, and that took me a bit longer to recover from. I lost my mother-in-law. And, all the other stuff in between. Good-bye 2017! I'm glad to see you go!
I have entered 2018 with already a number of obstacles. I was sick the entire holiday break. I thought I was improving, and then I was hit hard. I spent two days during the first week of the year seeing doctors between my daughter and myself. And, I just cannot seem to feel rested. However, I have high hopes for the year. I've got goals, and I intend to accomplish them. As I look back, I realize that I've been stuck in a rut the last couple of years. That rut can be attributed to a number of things, and I am sick of being stuck. I am determined to make 2018 my year to break free and begin making progress again.
In past years, I have come up with one word to live by for the year. My last two years have been WRITE. And, I did write. In 2017, I had four articles published in a local magazine, and the added bonus of being featured in a different local magazine for this very blog. However, my writing here on the blog and in other avenues took a huge hit. As I closed out the year, I resolved to get back into writing for me. Eventually, that writing may be shared with others like here on the blog; other stuff may not. I simply want to fall back in love with writing again, writing tales and words that I am passionate about and love. I have missed the connections in this little corner of the blogosphere, and I hope to rebuild those in this new year.
Besides the writing, I found myself frequently preaching about self-care this past year, but was not the best at practicing it myself. In 2018, I'm getting back to ensuring that I am caring for myself, so that I can better care for my family and all those that are important to me. I mean caring for my mind and my body . . . practicing mindfulness, physical exercise, and eating a healthier diet. I fell off the wagon with many of these in 2017 and it's time to return and re-energize.
I'm not bringing one word with me into 2018. Instead, I'm getting back to the basics. I will be starting slow, but I hope to see you all around here chatting about books and life as I take those baby steps back into blogging regularly. Readers here will see new features that may not always be about specific books, but that I feel contribute to being a better reader and writer in general. And, I hope to see more connections being made by combining the old and the new.
So, I say . . . Welcome 2018! Let's do this!
YOUR TURN: How was your 2017, and what do you plan to do with this new year?