Happy New Year’s Eve!
When I was a child, tonight was a big deal. I’d listen to Casey Kasem count down the top 100 hits of the year, and I’d sort through my closet, cleaning out old clothes and making room for new. It was a chance to shed off the person I was and make big plans to be the person I wanted to be.
2013 has been an exciting year, but I will be glad to see it end.
Here are the high points:
- I published my first novel, Celebration House. Thank you, Tirgearr Publishing.
- I started a blog, a professional Facebook page and a Twitter account.
- I made the journey home to the Midwest and spent time with family dear to me.
But there were a few low points too.
- I learned there’s no such creature as job security. It’s a false promise. Forgive me if this sounds dark, but I now question if the road to financial security is paved by an employer with an hourly wage. Perhaps there’s another way.
- Those closest to me were not always supportive of me. This begs the question, why make room for them in my life? Perhaps it’s time to stop.
The best-learned lesson:
I’m the creator of my own universe. I’m the fulfiller of my own daydreams. I didn’t know this until 2013. Now, I do.
I will nurture the writer within. I will make time and a place for her.
I will self-publish my first book.
I will clean out my emotions closest of all naysayers, skeptics, pouters. I will neatly package up these people and send them away from me with no return address on the brown box. Goodbye, I will tell them. Good luck.
One thing’s for sure, it’s going to be a hell of a year.
Hands and arms inside the cart, please. Next: Finishing the book. Again.