New Year, New Goals

Heave Hell Jeff Foster
Gosh, has it really been so long since I last wrote a proper post? Yikes! I didn’t realise it had been quite that long. Let’s see. What have I been up to these past six months? I ran off to Canada for a few days, hanging around Victoria. I also ran off to California. We took a drive from Seattle all the way down to San Luis Obispo. It was a fun time, although I figured out that being on the road so long is not good for me. We saw redwoods, met up with friends, saw the ocean again. Oh yeah, and we saw humpback whales in the water. I loved Monterey, especially their aquarium. I could see myself living there. If I wasn’t here. Or in Hawaii. There’s a lot of places I’d like to live. We also ran off to Florida in November. Finally did a Disney park as well as got to visit the Kennedy Space Centre which I’ve always wanted to see, and saw the space shuttle Atlantis.

I kept busy these past few months, though not with writing. Instead, I’ve been doing a lot of audiobook narrating- of other people’s work. Throw in a few video games and other recordings and it’s certainly been a productive year, but again, not with writing.

So new year, new goal: To get back to writing. I still have two projects that badly need editing. Three if you count Shatterer of Worlds. In order to get back to writing, I need to start getting up earlier, to make room in my already busy schedule. We’ll see how that goes. I’m toying with writing a new short story every month for the next year. However, that sounds fanciful, not to mention a little stressful. Again, we’ll see. The point it that I need to WRITE. Blog posts, email, whatever, I just need to get those creative juices flowing.

In other news, we are getting ready to open our hearts and home to a new dog. It’s strange. I feel very odd about it. Jory and Luna are my children. It’s weird to think of a new dog in the family and they not being here for it. We brought our cat, Gobbolina, home over 10 years ago. The idea of bringing home someone new, adding someone to our family unit feels both daunting and exciting. I worry about being a good parent, which is just silly. 2015 is going to be an eventful year, that’s for sure.

So that’s my Plans for the year. My Hope for the year: To not lose anybody. I know. It’s nothing I can control, but after having lost loved ones three years in a row, I’m kinda hoping for a reprieve. Just sayin’ universe! I also hope I’ll get out and be more creative. I hope I’ll make mistakes and try new things (I have one new thing I’m getting ready to check off my bucket list very shortly!). I hope I’ll get to see even more of this beautiful planet of ours. I hope to do more yoga and meditate. I hope to play more video games and have fun. And I hope everyone else gets out, sees the world and learns to play more too.

You may be wondering why I posted the above image. I came across this quote earlier this month and it’s one that has stayed with me. I realise that I spent a lot of years living my life with that burning desire, i.e. in hell. but now I’m learning to live in the moment. If 2014 has taught me anything it is how to be content with what is.

Happy New Year!

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