A new year to be grateful for

The end of last year had a lot to be grateful for, including a visit from my in-laws and our first white Christmas in years! Oh, and my wonderful husband, who gave me an iPad mini (which, for the record, is much easier to compose blog posts on).

This year has had some bright spots already, including a visit to the dentist today, wherein the children were found to have no cavities. It’s not been perfect, of course — this is real life — but I’m trying to focus on the positive. Both The Happiness Project (by Gretchen Rubin — site here) and Barking Up The Wrong Tree talk about the necessity of focusing on the good to improve your happiness, so I’m working even more on that this year.

I’m also taking stock of my work and writing habits and looking at what makes me feel good, feel bad, or feel right. I anticipate some large changes over the next few months. I’m feeling like one writing site isn’t offering me much more than goal tracking any more, and I may decrease my commitment there. I’m also considering whether NaNoWriMo is still a good fit for me, although I have months left to make that decision.

I feel as though something in the way I’m working, the way I approach things, is holding me back. I teeter on the brink of a breakthrough, but I can’t quite see it. Mind you, this could be the lingering cold or cough syrup talking!

Anyway, I’m spending time reflecting, and feeling gratitude for my life in general.

What are you grateful for as Janus looks forward and backward in your life?

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14 Comments

  1. Remember if you decide NaNo isn’t in your schedule anymore that you’re still more than welcome at write-ins!

  2. Talking cough syrup can be quite revealing! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    It’s always good to stop and take stock every so often. Re-energize and shuffle things around.

    I’m just happy to be here in the new year. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It would not surprise me at all to discover Jezebel puts talking cough syrup in her punch! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Being here is always something to be grateful for!

  3. Good for you. I’m picking up my writing this year (my 2nd!), trying to get more things out the door. Though I’m still a hobby writer, I’m working to be more professional; create a more saleable product. Good luck!

  4. I’m having similar thoughts.

    Seems like something big is churning underneath, but it hasn’t surfaced yet. We’ll see.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

  5. I too, have this feeling that 2013 is going to be BIG. I just can’t see what the bigness is, yet!

  6. I think there’s something in the universe that is urging changes for 2013. Hugs and good luck, Erin.

    • Ch-ch-ch-changes . . .

      Yeah, there does seem to be a lot of that going around. Thanks, and good luck with yours as well!

  7. ThrnHappiness Project is a great book. Gretchen Rubin has really nailed what it is to be happy.

    • Yes, I just finished reading it yesterday, and I really enjoyed it. Funny that it took me so long to read it — I first ran across her project on your Someday Syndrome blog! Her approach with the chart and all wouldn’t work for me, but I definitely got a lot out of the book.

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