Happy New Year, my lovely Lunatics! I truly hope you have had a wonderful holiday season. Tomorrow I begin taking down all of the decorations before the 6th gets here. Today, though, is for looking back at what’s been accomplished, and looking forward to being ever closer to reaching my dreams.
Last year my post for today was Make It Count. I tried to make every opportunity count towards reaching my goals this past year. I missed some and I procrastinated on some. But, I’m closer today than I was this same time last year. One of my goals was to have my first poetry collection published within the year. I was told that was unrealistic. Actually, it wasn’t. But I’m glad I took time with it because I’ve learned rather a lot thanks to my writing group and new friends I’ve made this year. I also added quite a bit to my repertoire which in turn increased my choices to add to my first collection. I also have a date in 2015 set (not in stone, thank goodness) for publishing it. I may have to extend that date but only by a few weeks, a month at the latest. I’m not worried about it. It means I’m doing my best to make it it’s best, if that makes sense. I’m very excited about it!
2014 also brought new friends. I used to consider myself a ‘loner’. I am used to being by myself. I have no problem keeping myself entertained, and I like my own company most of the time. But I am not a solitary creature (imagine that) and I need friends and people to interact with for more than a phone call. Last year at this same time I could count my friends on one hand. Today that number has tripled. I have friends I talk to on almost a daily basis (cough-Amber-cough) and others I get to make plans to go do things with (CJ, Linda, Trinia, Pris, & Denise-before she moved away). Then there are the online friendships I developed: Ron, Lizzi, Cindy, Dawn, Fida, and many more (I’m sorry I can’t name you all but I love you just the same!). When you spend years pretty much interacting with only the people you live with, you appreciate the gift of friendship. As much as I love my kids and my family, there’s nothing quite like being around your ‘people’-those who ‘get’ you without having to explain. And I am deeply grateful for these friendships, and I thank my lucky stars every day for them. They saved me. And, of course, Michelle, Laura, and Tracy…what would I do without you three? Shut up Michelle, I know what you just thought. 😉
Other things I accomplished was losing weight, participating in not just my first 5k run but two more as well, even traveling to Chicago for them, participating in a poetry challenge, setting a date for my first publication, participating in my first NaNoWriMo, and beginning my first novel. I look at that list and see how short it is. At first glance it doesn’t look like very much. But when I think back to all the work I did for each one of those items (especially the 5k runs), I actually did quite a lot. Add on top of those all the ‘mom’ stuff (the running around picking kids up, the band stuff, etc) and the list gets longer. And it was hard, but I am so glad I did it all.
I don’t make resolutions because I think those are too hard to keep. Instead, I make goals. I am still keeping most of the ones I made last year but this year I have added to publish at least 3 items (poetry of course) and to get my book written and start the second. I have so many ideas and I want to get them written and out to you, and I almost can’t wait. I want to start all of them now. But I won’t. I am going to take my time and do things properly and make them their best. 2015 is going to be the year I reach at least one of my dreams, and that’s always a good motivator. Also, something that was recently decided (and I’m extremely excited about this) is that I am going to be a part of a group blog with other writers. The blog itself is still being set up and blogging times have yet to be decided. But I will let you know the moment plans are more concrete. The goal is to help others with what we know, as well as to showcase our talents and bring awareness to the craft. I will add a link when we go live and I hope you will follow the new blog as well. Good things are coming (not winter-it’s already here, Jon Snow).
My wish for you this year is that you take that first step to reaching your goals/dreams. It is not too late. If I can do it, so can you. It is not impossible. All you really have to do is make the decision to do it, then commit to it, no matter how hard it becomes. Go back and read some of my first posts for encouragement. Read what I have/am going through. I won’t lie. It will be hard and you will want to give up. But don’t. All that effort, all that hard work, is SOOO worth it. Today I have a smile on my face because of what I have done and what I have to look forward to. You can become the person you want to be, so go become that person. You have all my support, and love.
P.S. Look for my new daily poetry addition from www.poems.com. It will be a separate post and have it’s own category: Poetry Daily. I want to share my love of poetry and this site has some fantastic contemporary poems written by some incredible poets. Please follow them if you enjoy.