New Year's Day. Balanced between the old and the new. Time for some reflection on the year gone by and some goal setting for the year to come.
2018 was a year of growth and change in my family. I watched my teenager struggle with school, anxiety, and depression, but also work to overcome it. He is much more healthy now than he was at the beginning of the year. My youngest son started middle school and struggled with his ADHD. Together, we came up with strategies to help him cope. My husband switched jobs, again, but may have found his next calling. As for me, I finished my first book, as of December 31. I believe it is complete (unless I find a formatting error along the way). It's a hell of an accomplishment, to finish an 80,000+ word book, in addition to finishing a first draft on a second book. I also said yes to too many other activities, which took away from my family and my writing. And I closed out the year with not one, not two, but three, count 'em, three major surgeries in my family.
What I'm looking forward to in 2019:
Self-publishing my first book! And hopefully my second.
I will hand over at least one of my volunteer jobs and balance my life a little better.
Driving lessons and having a teenage driver in the house. Yes, I know most parents dread this, but my oldest is so excited that it's rubbing off on me.
A better learning experience for my middle-schooler now that we've found an organizational system that works for him.
A happier husband as he continues to explore and develop his new career.
Healthy family members (no emergency hospital or vet visits).
I think I'll take a page out of Pop Culture Happy Hour's book and revisit these goals next year.
Best wishes for the New Year. I hope you have loving people in your life to help you cope when the bad outweighs the good. And that the bad doesn't stick around for long.