2017 is just nearly a not so distant memory now (for us in America, anyway). It’s been a year with a bit of turmoil around the world, especially in the states, it seems. But it hasn’t all been bad. I finally accomplished one of my dreams, to write a book, and to my surprise, it did much better than I’d ever anticipated. I’ve made some friends and lost some friends. I’ve lost some weight… and then gained some weight. I’m now the proud owner of two young adults and one official teenager (and considered ‘middle aged’? yuk). I’ve even reached that now rare twenty year wedding anniversary milestone. I’ve had good news, OK news, and bad news. I’ve made some great choices, bad choices, and then regretted some of those exact choices. Even with all that said though, I wouldn’t write this year off as terrible. It’s been a learning experience. I no longer have to watch the Kardashians to feel like a genius, I can just turn on the daily news (which isn’t part of the good news mentioned above). I’m a published author. Technically, a bestselling published author. (WOW, still it’s weird to write that.)
I hate making New Year Resolutions. They seem to be just a goal that you’re determined to break the moment the idea leaves your lips. But, because it’s the human way, I’m gonna make some and I’m going to do my best NOT to break them because these aren’t just resolutions for me, they’re changes I’d like to make in my lifestyle and as long as those changes are positive, they’re never bad.
I did this a little bit last year and it felt fabulous. But, I seem to have it on my mind a lot again lately so I think I’m going to have to go room by room, drawer by drawer and really analyze the things I need to keep. After 20+ years of marriage, you accumulate a lot of crap, things get old and need to be replaced (don’t worry honey, I’ll keep you!) and things just wear out. This will be a year of the purge (and if necessary, replace) in my household.
Yes. You read that right. I actually toyed with this last summer while I was trying to figure out what my triggers are for my health issues. I found that becoming vegan was the hardest thing I’ve ever done BUT, I felt so much better when I did. I lost weight, my pain (autoimmune disease) went away, and I just overall felt better physically. This year, while I may ease into it, I hope to get there by mid-spring. Cross your fingers cause my favorite food group is dairy. And why the hell is a salad twice the cost of a cheeseburger?! America’s priorities are way wrong here.
If you know me in real life you will know I’m not one for spending much time voluntarily in the outdoors. Besides driving through it, I consider my home, my castle. But, I’ve got a husband and children that LOVE the outdoors. They snowboard, ride 4-wheelers, boat, hike, camp, swim… and I don’t love to do any of that. But, I will make more of an effort to do those things. My computer can go anywhere so that’s a plus. AND… I live in MONTANA! It’s gorgeous here, there are lakes everywhere (and wild animals… ugh), Glacier, Yellowstone, and that brings me to my next goal.
I’m not sure if you read my anxiety post I wrote a few months ago but I have issues with relaxing while being a passenger in a car. Picture having the worst anxiety of your life and then experiencing that every mile you drive, always in anticipation of when that horrific car crash will happen and how, and in Montana they’ve got some weird organization that puts crosses along the side of the road for every death in a vehicle crash and there are a LOT of deadly car accidents here (Montana has ranked the state with the WORST drivers for years). That said… I’m going to do my best to set that aside and do some road trips with my family. On the list – Glacier, Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, Oregon (my home state), Canada, and SO many more places.
This last year with my book being published and the business of the odd year we’ve had I just didn’t get a chance to read as often as I would like. This year, my goal is to read at minimum two books a month. I think I can accomplish that considering when I was blogging I’d sometimes do that in a week.
I’ve got such fun stuff coming this next year but getting there has been a challenge. Behind the scenes of my publishing journey has been some unexpected drama (I’m not a gossip so that’s all you get) that has really buried my motivation to write much this last year. Am I going to try it again? Yes. I love it. I have to write. Despite the fact that I’ve only got the one book out, I’ve been writing for ten plus years. I’ve got so many nearly finished manuscripts that it’s not even funny. It’s not a choice at this point, I NEED to. It’s in my soul. And, it’s made me a decent paycheck thus far. There are a lot of changes coming my way in my own little writing bubble in the coming year and I’ve not had the best outlook on it in the recent weeks. But, I’m coming around and I think it’s for the better at this point. I hope you’ll stick with me for all the upcoming announcements coming from me.
I think that’s it on my 2018 resolutions. Six is plenty. I’ve no doubt they will keep me busy all year long. So, to the few old friends that have stuck with me through this last year, and to the new friends who’ve been SO amazing, and to my family and anyone who’s bought or read Little Gray Dress, THANK YOU. I hope our 2018 proves to be our best year yet!
What are you working on or towards in 2018?
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