Ring In The New

Okay, I admit it, I have been quite negligent in keeping this blog updated. Since my last post, I have had quite a few changes/events in my life, both personal and professional. Like everyone else, there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished. I am going to try harder to add new posts.  Which brings me to my reason for writing a post today.

I awoke this morning thinking how happy I was that 2011 was ending. I have had some very stressful events happen in my life. But then I looked at the proverbial cup half full way of viewing life and realized despite all those things there were many good things happen in 2011. First and foremost, I lived to see it all. That’s a reason to celebrate in and of itself. I am truly thankful. My first grandchild was born this year. She has added so much joy to my heart. It’s true what they say about grandchildren. It’s a type of love that is just the best.  My second book was published this year. This book was written by answering a call. It will always be special to me. The reviews are good and I am still selling copies of the first book as well so that makes me happy. I still have a job. Even though sometimes that doesn’t seem like a good thing (especially when I hear the alarm going off so early in the morning), I know there are so many people in this country who wish they had a job to set an alarm for. In this economy, it’s something we can’t take for granted anymore. Lastly, I still have many friends and an awesome support system. That means so much to me.

I don’t usually make resolutions. I stopped long ago because I never kept them anyway. But this year I am going to do something different. It’s going to be a fresh start for me. I am going to get out of the state of limbo I have been in for over two years now and begin a life as a single person. I think that is the first time I have admitted those two words to myself. That’s because being married was the best thing ever and if I had it my way, it would have continued for decades longer. But God needed him back and now I realize I must move on. The memories will never be forgotten and will always be cherished. I know Randy would want it that way.

So I am claiming 2012 as the year of new beginnings. Here are the promises I pledge to myself:

  • I am moving into a new place when my home sells. I don’t yet know where, but I’m not overly worried.
  • After my house sells, I am taking a getaway vacation by myself to rejuvenate. I haven’t done that in my life, but there isn’t a better time to do it.
  • I am going to start an adult romance Christian novel. I have had several people request that I write one, so I am going to give it a try.
  • I am going to attend at least one writer’s conference this year. Those always keep me motivated.
  • I am going to submit something to a publisher. I’m not sure yet what it will be, but I have the year to decide and write it.
  • I am going to continue to put God first in everything I do, and do more in the area of service.
  • I am going to be the best mother,”Gram”, and friend I can be. 

Of course I should say I will lose weight, but those are the kinds of resolutions I never kept. I am going to work on my inner self this year and maybe, just maybe, the outer self will take shape(pun intended).

I plan to post a blog next year at this time ,checking off the plans I make today as completed.

Happy New Year everyone! May your 2012 be everything you hope it will be. God Bless!

 

 

 

Reflections

Today is a day to reflect on this past year, to ring out the old, and bring in the new at midnight. It was a roller coaster of emotions for our family this year. Happy events occurred like my daughter getting married in early January, having my book come out and have some amazing book signings, seeing old friends at the signings I had not seen in twenty years or more, making contacts with loved ones through social networking, my younger daughter maintaining her 4.0 grade average in college, and finding out I would be a grandmother for the first time. We have also had our share of  sadness. We lost people we love, some of our friends  lost family members, good friends had health issues to deal with, financial strains were worrisome, and we continued to mourn and miss my dear husband on a daily basis. I know this is something you never get over. But God gets us through each day.  What an awesome God he is!

2011 brings  hope to my family. We have a new baby girl arriving in late February,my daughter graduates from college in May, I am going to get a contract on my second book, and something new will more than likely be happening with my job as well. For those things we are going to ring in the new year as a family and be thankful. Surely there will still be sorrow in the coming year. That is part of life. When the sorrow comes we are going to deal with it, pray about it, and give it to God.  But just for tonight we are going to concentrate on the good things. 

May you all have a Happy New Year. If you are out celebrating,  please be careful and stay safe. Assign a designated driver if need be.  Thank-you for following my blog posts this past year. I look forward to sharing more with you in the year ahead.