I used to laugh when my parents said time was flying by too quickly. Now, I know exactly what they mean. It’s December, and I have no earthly idea what happened to 2015. It’s been a busy year, that’s for sure. Here are a few of the highlights:
Number of manuscripts completed: 4
Trips: 3 – including stays in Las Vegas, Chicago, and New York City.
Family weddings: 1
New additions: 2 great-nephews, 1 great-niece.
An awesome agent fell for my book and offered representation!
My little grandson has moved from walk to run and is starting to talk. He is yet to call me, ‘Moogie’, but he runs to me when he needs a hug, a kiss, and a sugar cookie.
Took my hubby to see his favorite band (RUSH) and saw him drop a good thirty years of adultness right in front of my eyes.
Danced the night away at the Waldorf Astoria.
Had a visit from my fabulous Canadian friend and indispensable critique partner, Julie Doner!
There was a fabulous weekend in Hot Springs with my fellow Diamond State Romance authors.
Signed contracts for six (6!) books to be released in 2016-2017!
Of course, there have been the not-so-great things as well. My mom’s health continues to be iffy. So does my day job. We lost 2 of our furry family members to old age and good living this year, including my beloved bunny. The grief is deep and real.
We’ve spent a lot of time dealing with/fretting about all the usual things—work, money, health issues, kids, parents, pets…Our roof leaks. The dryer makes a strange noise, but only at random times. Those contracts come with deadlines, and the words don’t always flow.
Sometimes, it can be hard to remember that the good usually outweighs the bad. That’s why I keep a happiness jar.
This is my second year doing this, and I highly recommend it. Whenever something good happens—big, small, or downright silly, I try to remember to write it on sticky note and place it in the jar. At the end of the year, I’ll sort through them and be able to relive the good times all over again.
So do yourself a favor – buy some pretty post-its, find a jar, and start marking the high points. You won’t regret it!
Here’s hoping your new year is all-around spectacular!