Hard to believe we're at the tail end of another year. 2015 flew. And crawled. In some ways it was an awful year but it also had a few amazing highlights. But I don't want to dwell on 2015. I'll bid adieu to the bad, be thankful for the good, and look forward to the new.
Over the last few years I've gotten into the habit of identifying a word that will define my coming year. A couple of years were semi-successful. When I was thinking about what I wanted 2016 to look like, there was only one word that came to mind - Refocus.
Refocus on writing.
For the last three years, I've been the founding president of the Women's Fiction Writers Association. I've loved every minute of that experience but I have to admit, there were plenty of times when I put WFWA ahead of my own writing. Not the best move, I know. Today is my last day as president of WFWA.
I have mixed feelings. But one thing I'm sure of, the extra time will be well spent.
I've done what I set out to do with WFWA and now I'm ready to move forward. My debut will be released in 2017 but there will be lots of work with my publisher this coming year to get it ready. I have another women's fiction to write. And a middle grade book that's poking to get out.
Refocus on my family.
When I look around my house, I know where my focus wasn't. Oy! Nuff said on that.
Time is going too fast. I see the changes in all of us and I hate the days when I feel like I don't have time for my family. That's not how I want to be, it's not who I want to be.
Refocus on me.
Somewhere in the mix of priorities, I allowed myself to fall off the list. I let everyone else's needs take priority. That's about to change.
So thank you 2015 for the lessons you taught me, the good you brought me. Now off you go ... 2016 and I have big plans ahead of us.