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A Non Ideal Start to the New Year But Hope Remains

This new year’s start may be one of the more frustrating starts that I have had in quite a long while. It will get better. No doubt.

But what all has happened?

Well, I am leading into a book release, one that I have been excited and preparing for a long time. I have been working on a version of Identity Revealed (Tue-Rah Chronicles) for approximately twenty-six years. It’s been a long journey with so much learning. But our finances took a hit and required shrinking the budgeting plan significantly (in all seriousness, this is not a big deal because, as I am publishing independently, I can build on the marketing, and this will strongly encourage me to explore free options and create my own solutions).

Then on Christmas Eve’s Eve, my poor dear husband fell sick. We weren’t sure whether it was tonsillitis or strep throat. I joked that we would find out which it was based on whether I got it. It was strep. I got it. I also found out firsthand that nausea and vomiting can accompany a robust case of strep. On the bright side, at least now, once I get over this secondary infection, I will be through with being sick for awhile. I hope.

Follow that up with two key clients deciding they were not going to pay us, and the season got a little tighter.  (More opportunities for creative solutions.) Then we found out that paperwork we had filed four years ago was not perfectly accepted. It was mostly accepted. There was enough of a holdover with the government to trigger additional fees.

Heater problems, leaks, and an unfortunate incident with cats and an overdry Christmas tree later, and the Internet also decided to stop working. Intermittently. During business hours and at night. Which put plans and work further behind but gave us some stories that will hopefully, in retrospect, be amusing.

This and so much more has made the start of the year and the past few days rather frustrating. But I still believe it’s going to be a good year. Partially because I plan to try to make each day better if I can.

There are lots of rough points that show up. And feeling frustrated isn’t the problem. I know that a lot of you are also going through rough times. I think half my friends are sick between strep and flu and some upper respiratory, not to mention chronic illnesses, and some have had tragedies that will take quite some time to recover from.

But each day is a new opportunity. Each moment is a new opportunity. No matter how hard it is, if you can pick yourself up and keep trying, you are winning more than you stopped. And if you need to stop for a bit, regroup and regain your strength, that’s all right too. Not everything has to be done today (thank goodness!). So do what you can. Look for and celebrate the good. And rest.

May your year get better and better from here on out, regardless of how it started.

2014 Reflection

Happy New Year, everyone! It’s hard to believe that it is now 2015.

Every year, I always put together a list of resolutions and goals. Then, throughout the year, I check myself to see how well I am doing in reaching those goals. Some attempts result in failure, but, in my opinion, the most important thing is to try and see what comes. But here’s my evaluation of last year’s public goals.

Overall Reflection

The biggest lesson from this year has been to “not despise the small things.” So often I tend to be an all or nothing kind of woman. I want it to be perfect, and I do not want to accept the small steps that may be the only ones accomplished within a day.

Write Daily

Yes, I managed to hit this one again. I’ve been writing at least 500 words a day now for years, but I still make this a yearly goal to hold myself to it. It’s hard to imagine not writing. It’s more important than eating. Fortunately, it appears that writing is good for one’s health!

Lose 30 Pounds

Yes and no. Throughout the course of the year, I worked out, ate healthy, hit some setbacks, persevered, and by late August reached my year’s target. I did a great job maintaining it too until I got sick again. And then I gained most of it back. Alas, I wish it had been through cheesecake, pizza, and burgers. Weight gain happens very easily for me. If I actually let myself go and just ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted with no regard to health, I’d probably balloon up like nobody’s business. I haven’t done so well about drinking enough water, and to combat the nausea, I have been drinking carbonated beverages again. I’ve cut those as much as I can. Tea, for whatever reason, does not really soothe the way soda does.

So my goal for this year is to knock off 60 pounds. If past experience is any indicator, the weight I gained back will go away fairly easily. (A fair amount of it may be swelling?) I see the best results following a slightly modified low carb diet. Lots of fresh vegetables. Plenty of water. Lean protein. Even if it doesn’t result in weight loss, I do feel better while avoiding processed foods and sugars. No matter how much I enjoy fast food. It’s best to keep that as a treat rather than a staple.

Complete Tue-Rah Identity Revealed

Yes. I realized this year that I had spent more than twenty years working on Tue-Rah Identity Revealed in particular. I have, of course, worked on the other books in the series, but Identity Revealed absorbed the majority of my time and focus. As such, I really, really wanted to finish the draft this year. It still needs some final proofing, but it is done. December 15.

Oddly it left me feeling depressed, but I suspect that has more to do with other emotions and conclusions as well.

Experiment with and Decide on Primary Social Media Accounts

Social media just keeps expanding. One of last year’s resolutions was to determine which ones I wanted to prioritize. I have settled on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. I may use Google+ and LinkedIn some.

Build a Website on WordPress

Obviously this one was a success as you can see. It’s pretty basic. I tried Elegant Themes, but I couldn’t get those themes to work as well. So I switched to a basic layout. Nothing fancy. It could use some tweaking, but it has my blog as well. Most everything imported all right.

Finish Five Stories

This year was quite good in terms of overall productivity. I finished Tue-Rah Identity Revealed as well as Cyberbullying: What You Need to Know; 10,000 Words a Day: How to Survive and Thrive; Mermaid Bride; Ragnarok Unravels, and a handful of short stories.  Most of these are ready for publication, but I need to finish cover art and prep for the formatting and so on. Plus there’s always a few more tweaks I will want to make.

Get Law Firm Going

All the books and seminars in the world are nothing compared to actually doing it. James and I have gone from handling one or two cases a week to four to five cases a day with some random free days. Getting clients to pay, of course, is the bigger challenge. For the first full year of our law firm, it really went quite well. Ups and downs but overall good. And no malpractice suits. The home office works quite well.

Month of Fear

I actually didn’t have a name of this before. All it was labeled as was “overcome fears” and “try new things.” So I compiled this into a single month known as the Month of Fear. It was challenging but fun. I intend to do the Month of Fear again this year. Perhaps more than once. In fact, I’m tackling some fears today. I will post some updates on these. Most of the time they tend to be more personal, and there’s no need to share everything.

Create a Place for Knife Throwing in My House

I may not be good at it, but I do love throwing knives. It soothes me. And I did succeed in making a knife throwing board for my office. It works so well. The only thing I have to watch out for is Thor who loves to play fetch. And I don’t like him trying to snatch blades out of the air.

So those are some of the top goals/resolutions and their results from 2014. I may share my goals and resolutions for 2015. Even though the year has been off to a rough start, I’ve done fairly well so far. It was a trying but exciting and good year. I am looking forward to this one. Have an absolutely wonderful day!

 

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