I got very sentimental this New Year’s Eve as I thought about letting go of 2012, a year in which some of my biggest dreams came true. It wasn’t just about my book; it was about E’s graduation, the grand finale to one of the first and biggest risks we took together in our lives as newlyweds. It was about watching our family grow, and moving to new places, and in many ways, saying goodbye not just to the past year, but to the past three, an era which 2012 saw draw to a close.
I thought, “2012 was good to us.” And then I realized none of what we accomplished last year happened in just 12 months. We worked and dreamed about some of these things for years before (in some ways, maybe decades) and the beauty of time passing and accumulating is that you never know where a milestone will land. Right now, we’re all reveling in the newness of 2013, when in fact, years from now, we’ll probably measure our lives not by years, but by the things we did that made us feel alive. Whatever we all need to do to make these next 12 months memorable, I wish us all the courage and dedication to do so.
Now, for some mini-updates…
I read a great post on Lindsey Mead’s blog about choosing words instead of resolutions; one word to define and live by in 2013. I don’t know what my word will be just yet, but I’m sure I’ll know it when I see it.
There may be a few changes coming to the blog soon. You might have noticed I didn’t do a Fresh Ink interview in December, and unfortunately I just didn’t have the time. With edits on my book due soon, freelance work getting busier, and my tendency to want to do shiny, new things and chase other opportunities, I’ve realized I need to redistribute my time. But I love doing Fresh Ink, and will continue to do so every other month instead of every month. I’ll also continue posting reviews for the She Reads book club, which has helped me discover some wonderful reads.
I’ve created a Facebook author page and would love it if you joined me there and helped spread the word to friends. I’ve found it’s this perfect sweet spot for thoughts and reflections that are too long to tweet but don’t warrant an entire blog post. And I have a few fun things planned there in the coming months that I hope will help us all get to know one another better.
My blog-baby turns two on January 12, and like last year, I’ll be celebrating with a giveaway. Last year, I gave away The Book You Most Want to Read, and it was such a big hit that I’ll be doing so again, but I thought it’d be fun to toss in an extra prize—2 for the 2 years. Check back on January 12 for more details.
Happy New Year, all. Hope it’s off to a great start!