Tuesday, January 01, 2008
HAPPY NEW YEARS 2008!
We had the surprise of our lives December 22nd - we had one hour to pack and catch a military flight back to Trenton Air Base, Ontario, in order to get home for Christmas. We threw presents, toothbrushes, and clothes into duffle bags and raced to the airport. Luckily, our kids were wonderful travelers on their first plane trip. No crying or barfing made my life a lot easier, especially when we didn't get in to our barracks suite till 5 a.m. and had been up all night.
It was a real pleasure to shock all of our parents and siblings by showing up. This Christmas was one of those rare times when there was no family friction and everything went off smoothly. Even though I went in to the trip exhausted, the adrenaline of being "home" after two years made up for it.
I read a lot of books during Christmas week. Various genres, a literary book, and a couple of quick reads through some inspirational non-fiction. It made me relax about my own writing and I've decided to look at some things differently, and try out a few new things. We'll see what happens. It was one of those serendipitous times when I was able to "settle" away from our constant rush here, and actually think about some of the things I want to do. And not do!
I'm making some positive resolution statements to start off 2008:
1) I'm NOT losing weight - I'm "conquering" my daughter's new Dance Evolution to work on my cardio.
2) I'm NOT outlining stories/novels - I'm "writing outside the lines".
3) I'm NOT going to worry about writing within certain genres or even for the "market" - I'm going to write for myself.
4) I'm NOT going to sweat whether I snag an agent or get published this year - I'm going to enjoy the process of writing.
5) I'm NOT going to tell myself I have no time for my hobbies - I'm going "to play" with all of them and not feel guilty.
Five new affirmations is plenty. 2008 will be a big milestone year for myself and my family in many, many ways. I don't want to waste a minute of it, and I hope you'll still tune in once in awhile to keep me accountable and check on my progress.
Somewhere in the midst of working, housework, kids, pets, writing, and keeping a marriage on the front burner, I'm planning on grabbing more of those spontaneous, serendipitous moments and "go for it".
I wish you all the best of the New Year, and much success in 2008! May we all experience the best life has to offer. Cheers!