Sunday, January 31, 2010

Checking In

Hi Everyone.

Again, I kind of disappeared for a while. My apologies! Things have been even more hectic around here than normal.

You see, my grandmother (who has lived with me for about 18 years) has been in and out of the hospital since Christmas. She ended up passing away last week. This was definitely hard on our family, but we are grateful for all the time we were blessed to spend with her over the years.

Her wake was on Thursday and funeral on Friday, so we had some relatives come in from out of town and stay with us. It has been really great getting to spend time with them, and I am extremely appreciative to be so fortunate to have such a large and loving family.

In addition to losing my grandma, I have been having an extremely nasty time with morning sickness that seems to last 24/7. This clearly pales in comparison to losing a family member, but I'm just trying to fill you in on what it's been like around here.

Anyway, life will slowly start getting back to normal, and I will be back in touch soon.

I hope that your writing is going well, and look forward to catching up with you all again soon. Keep up the good work!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Big News!

The other day I said that I was going to set specific goals for the new year and that I would share them with you. Well, I did sit down and determine what I wanted to achieve in 2010 as well as the necessary steps I would need to take to do that...but then I realized that I was too tired this week to start putting my plan into action. Then I realized the reason behind my sudden bout of extreme fatigue: I'm pregnant!

I am extremely excited! And a bit nervous. But very happy! I love my children, and know that I am blessed to be able to give birth to and get to share my life with another little munchkin.

But, I am definitely going to have to re-evaluate my plans for this coming year - just to make sure that they are still realistic in light of this pregnancy. Once I do this, I will then share them with you. :)

Hope you are all having a productive week! See you soon.

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year, Everyone!

With the start of a new year comes the opportunity to do more than just dream about the future and its possibilities - it presents you with the ability to look ahead and see what you want to achieve and then to decide the concrete steps that will help you to get there.

For this reason, many people begin each year with "resolutions" for the year to come. As a writer, this is a good time to see what goals or resolutions you want/need to make in order to create or advance your career so that you can get where you want to be. This is a step that I have decided to really put some thought into this time around. So tonight I am going to sit down with a notebook and pen, and determine exactly what I want to achieve this year as well as the specific steps I will need to take in order to attain my writing goals. As I previously decided not to work during this holiday time so that I could enjoy some much-needed R&R with my family, I have not put enough thought into my 2010 Game Plan just yet. Once I do, I will share it with you.

I wish you all a very happy, healthy, and prosperous new year! :)