2019! 2019! 2019! 2019! 2019! 2019!
It’s hard to believe it is 2019 already, but that’s what my calendar says so it must be true, so …
HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone!
I have a bunch of news to share with you.
About LIFE: Looking back, 2018 proved to be a more challenging year for me on a personal level. Sometimes you learn surprising and/or disappointing things about people. It can be quite impacting. Enough about that, except to say I’ve also learned more about myself, and that there is more to self-care than I realized. Although we are soon completing 8 years of daddy-care, I’m now giving myself time for new things, which I’ll tell you about. First I’ll mention that in November 2018 I passed a landmark birthday. It doesn’t even bother me; in fact, I’m rather happy about it. There really are some benefits to getting older. 🙂 My family had a surprise party for me, too, which was fun.
About HOME: We have a new kitchen and I love it! (did I tell you this before?) My husband completely renovated it from a tiny space to a very large and up-to-date one. I have an ocean theme happening in there and it brings me such peace. Did I say I love my new kitchen? From start to finish it took a year, but it wasn’t that bad living with my kitchen things stored in several rooms, and using a two burner hot plate, knowing what was coming. We still got along fine, despite a few enthusiastic discussions, and it has all come out better than expected.
About WRITING: You all know that writing was my main reason for this blog, well … writing and books, books, books. Because of … stuff in my life … stresses, depression, much tiredness, and so on, the joy of writing disappeared and writing became a burden to me. All that hoping and planning and effort had to be set aside; I did the minimal and stopped expecting more of myself than I could manage. The heaviness lifted which confirmed it was the right thing to do for now. I still am interested in writing and believe I will come back to it again as I always do. Can’t stay away. My blog suffered and I feel I’ve let you down, for which I apologize.
About ART: Since I have to be doing something creative, you might be wondering what I was led into now. In July, thanks to a set of situations that God put together so beautifully, I began PAINTING LESSONS! Yes! This is something I’ve been wanting to learn since I was 17, decades ago. It didn’t work out for me then, but the time is right for me now and I am loving it. My teacher is a very talented professional artist who is patient, easy to work with and fun to be around. That’s what works for me. 🙂 I started with private lessons, then joined others for two sets of classes spanning eight weeks, and now I am renting space in his studio and getting help when I need it – which is still very necessary. I’ve met other interesting painters, all women, and two in particular I paint with the most. They’re funny, talented, and great to spend time with in the studio. Being the only one with no background experience in painting, I learn something every time I’m there to work on something, which is only one morning a week at this point, but I’ve completed two oil paintings that now are hanging in my house. If you are interested in seeing some of my teacher’s work: ARTCAN
About READING: If you happened to peek at my reading progress, which you can access from the menu at the top of the page, you’ll have seen that I did a huge amount of reading last year. My total? 1389! I can hardly believe it myself! Most were pictures books, but I read several novels and also enjoyed audio books. Goodreads sets a reading challenge every year, so in 2018 I set mine at 500. Guess I beat that one with no problem! This year I may have set my personal goal too high – 1000 – but I’ll see what I can do.
About EVENTS: The exciting news for 2019 is that another of our daughters is getting married to a great guy. They’ve set the date for April and are having their ceremony in Jamaica, following that small event a few weeks later with a big celebration with family and friends in May. It’s going to be a busy spring!
About MY WORD FOR 2019: The past several years I’ve chosen a word for the year. Actually, I wait for it to be given to me, and this year it was immediately revealed. FLOURISH. That’s got an expansive feel to it, freeing and creative.
About GOALS: As you know, I don’t set new year resolutions, I set goals. I didn’t do very well with them last year, so for 2019 I simply want to improve in my painting skills, read lots, and gradually get back what I lost.
Now it’s time to stop and let you do some sharing. What were the highs and lows of your 2018? Do you have goals for 2019? And do you have a word for the year?
I hope to hear from you. ♥ Sending you love.
Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂
Happy New Year!! Your goals for this year are great. I listed mine on my blog. Flourish is an awesome word. My words are action, learn, listen. All the best for 2019! Another wedding. What fun.
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Thanks, Darlene. Your words are certainly going to move you forward in 2019. 🙂 Have a wonderful year living them out.
I like your goals a lot! And, I’m sure you can hit 1000 books. 🙂 It sounds like your 2019 is off to a great start!
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Thanks, Erik! I appreciate your encouragement. 🙂
Happy New Year, Lynn. I’m slow getting here. My slow connection makes it really challenging to visit blogs like I used to and I’ve been really busy.
I have actually set a goal to complete my next novel by a certain date, and have a set some other writing goals as well. I hope it will keep me on track.
It sounds as though there are some good things coming your way in 2019. I guess with every year there are low times and high times as we face the challenges ahead of us. I am glad to hear you say that you plan to get back to your writing. Sometimes it is the writing that helps keep us sane. I am speaking from experience!
You read a lot of books last year! I see your reviews on GoodReads but had no idea you’d read SO many. Wow!
Here’s to a year a fabulous year ahead.
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Laura, it’s so good to hear from you! You are what I know to be a “real writer”, making your life fit around your writing. Congratulations on the books you have written and are writing. I’m sure your goal setting will lead to great results.
I’m making an attempt at simplifying my life a wee little bit at a time, and doing things I enjoy most. Less stress is better.
Happy New Year to you, Laura, and I wish you nothing but the best in 2019.