Tomorrow, January 31, is the Chinese New Year and 2014 is the Year of the Horse. Imagine how excited I was when I saw that?!
I wasn’t born under the year of the horse. But I still think it’s going to be a good year. It’s the year of the horse, people, how can it not be brilliant?!
My Writers In The Storm blogging buddy, Fae Rowen, posted seven predictions for writing in 2014. I’m keeping that post handy. A lot of what she wrote resonated with me. Little things that I need to remember when I’m armpit deep in frustration.
I’m optimistic about 2014. It will be my writing year. After all, I have one completed manuscript with a wooden horse and my work in progress has several horses in it. Will my horsy books capture the heart of an agent or editor this year? Who knows. But there’s more to having a successful writing year - growing as a writer, learning something about myself, enjoying the process of creating.
Fae’s post had me searching for other predictions for the year of the horse. For those of us not born under the horse sign, the year ahead will bring health and prosperity. One site said it was an excellent time to travel and the next 12 months will bring good luck. It also suggested discovering somewhere you’ve never been before.
On my other group blog, Musings From The Mug, we’ve been talking about bucket lists this month. Not surprisingly a lot of people have traveling, exploring new places and trying new things on their lists. That fits right in.
2014 will also be my personal year. Because I decided so! I may not travel to a new location this year but there’s a lot to re-discover in the places I’ve already been. There’s one “destination” I haven’t been that I’m committed to this year — the top of a climbing wall. I had to pinkie promise I’d climb this year and you can’t back out on a pinkie promise.
As for health, 2014 started out somewhat rocky. But the “bad” news isn’t all bad and I’m going to focus on the silver lining - not because I’m an overly sunshiny kinda gal (I’m not) but because I believe in the positives.
So here’s to 2014, the Year of the Horse! May it bring good health and good luck!
Every once in a while my 8 year old announces, “Today is opposite day.” That pretty much sums up 2013 for me. My word for the year was “Simplify” and I managed to do the exact opposite.
Don't get me wrong, 2013 was a great year in many ways - I started writing full time which also gives me the flexibility to spend more - and more relaxed - time with my family; launched a group blog with a couple of writing friends; and started an organization for women's fiction writers with a great group of talented and dedicated authors.
I had the perfect word for 2014. Then life happened over the holidays. There are a lot of things in this world I have no control over. I can't control whether an agent or editor or reader will like my book. I can't control whether a loved one gets sick or injured or worse.
But there are still a few things I can control. I can control my attitude - I choose to write for the love of storytelling. I can control my outlook - I choose to be positive.
The more I looked at my goals for 2014 (yes, I made a list and it's a long list because it's just how I'm wired), the more one word became apparent - Prioritize. So that's what I'm doing this year. I'm focusing on the things I can control and putting what matters most at the tippy top of my priority list.
Cheers to a positive - and prioritized - 2014!