Dear 2019, I Will

So, that time of year, eh? Reflection and looking forward. The last several years I’ve embraced choosing a word of the year theme.

To recap:

In 2015 I said, I want it all. (Also, I said Publish) In 2016 I said, Purpose. In 2017 I said, Patience. In 2018, I said: Produce.

Some years I’ve stayed true and been more successful with my theme than others. In 2018 we did produce, not as prolifically or as completely as I had intended last December, but I tend to shoot rather high. 🙂  We certainly didn’t slouch and we learned a lot,

Dear 2018

In 2015 I said, I want it all. (Also, I said Publish)

In 2016 I said, Purpose.

In 2017 I said, Patience.

In 2018, I say: Produce.

(Also, Stretch. And Clear. But these aren’t as alliterative, so they’re forced to be a subtitle.)

Dear 2018,

I’m still a little tired from 2017, recovering from a good, no – more than good, a seriously incredible line-up that 2017 delivered. (Holy cow, where do I even start on the links? Try this.)

Every year I say I’m scaling back on this or that, every year my husband doesn’t believe me, and I defend that

The New Year’s Rant

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The last few years I’ve chosen to gulp up life, racing like I’m running out of time. I do feel that way. I don’t know what’s next (after this life) but I know the time we have here is precious and brief and for reasons I cannot explain, I am compelled, pushed, to make the most of the moments I have. To share those moments. To do better. To leave a legacy. To have an impact on the humans in my life and community. And to do all this while I can.

‘Tis

2016 The Word

Have you ever picked a word for the New Year?

I went to an advocacy event a few years ago, and as part of the decompressing and debriefing, we created collages and chose one word for our next year. That was 2014 and I chose the word: Create.

2014: Create

It calmed me when I fretted about things like, oh say, rejections from editors. (Don’t worry, just create more, I told myself.) More importantly, it was the answer when I wondered, “What should I do next? What should I do