Past, Present, and Future...

>> Sunday, January 1, 2012

Like most people, I've been evaluating the past year. I've also taken a look at where I'm at now, and what might be on the horizon.

A few thoughts...

2011 was pivotal. I turned 50 and the "gotta get healthy cause I'm getting old" thing kicked in.

I lost 20 pounds, but more important, I learned the value of listening to my body. Getting in tune with what it needs helps me make the conscious effort to maintain it. (In other words, being responsible.)

...and after
I choke down vegetables *blech*, have been concentrating on healthy cooking (as opposed to no cooking) and now I exercise. (Click here for more on that adventure.)

I've been able to maintain my loss, but also know that unless I keep a healthy lifestyle, those pesky pounds will reappear: it's all about the choices.

Another change is that my career lifestyle has been up-ended and I will soon be going back to five day work weeks. My boss has been kind enough to allow me to work four-ten hour days for the last three years.

And I've become very spoiled.

Having three-day weekends has allowed me the freedom to have more fun, increased my writing time, and generally been awesome.

Now I have to figure out how to adjust my life back into that of a mere mortal.

I've tried to look at the positives (I won't be so tired after long hours at the office, it was nice while it lasted, and I'll get a little extra sleep) but I'm still trying to convince myself its a good thing. And grieving the loss of my Monday golf games...

My writing has been like a roller coaster on steroids this year. Up and down with twisty turns, but for the most part, all positive. I started my blog (thanks to all who read it!) and look forward to continuing it into 2012.

Entering my current work-in-progress in the FaithWriters Page Turner contest was definitely a highlight. I placed in the top 20 out of 81 entries and couldn't be happier. The contest gave me confirmation that I'm heading in the right direction: something all writers yearn for.

I'm currently finishing up the first run-through edits, have test readers lined up, and will then turn my precious baby over to professional editing. *cue scary music* The possibility of entering the rocky road to publication is on the agenda for 2012...stay tuned.

My Faith Journey
God and I have had a wonderful year. His kindness and love has helped me through many tough spots. And even when I've messed up, he always welcomes me back with open arms.

I've settled nicely into the new church that he directed me to, have made friends, and started singing on the worship team.

Our daily walk together gets better all the time and I'm excited to see where he will lead me next.

So There It Is...
I'm not wishing 2011 away, but I do look forward to the new year. I have no doubt that it too will have its share of good times and bad. Yet I anticipate the future with excitement and hope.

Oh yeah, that's another thing I've learned this year: Be strong and courageous. I don't have to be afraid--God's got my back.

And for the times when life gets scary...

Do they still come in a "Day of the Week" pack?


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