What a year this will be! A new decade, all shiny, sparkling, and fresh. We can make it anything we wish.
Many of us take stock of our goals at this time of year, looking back. Did I accomplish those tasks I set for myself last year at this time? Well, some of them. I didn’t lose the weight I intended—again. I didn’t get the house deep cleaned—again.
The past year brought sadness. In January I lost my brother Don from heart complications. A favorite cousin, Lisa, in Oklahoma is needlessly near death from cancer that was at first misdiagnosed. (And yes, I am angry as well as sad about her plight.) My nephew Randy’s wife passed away. My cousin Ray’s son passed away, the second of his three children to die prematurely. Although sometimes not doing so is almost impossible, we can't allow ourselves to dwell on sad things.
On a more cheerful note, for someone with my moderate writing speed, I released a lot of books (eight and re-released one). I had planned to write two more but, as has often happened, life interfered.
In the coming year, I intend to actually lose weight and get more fit. Yes, I really, truly mean it this time. I do. Trust me.
Several commitments mean I have books lined up that I look forward to writing. Each is part of a multi-author project. Starting off my year I'm currently tweaking, AN AGENT FOR LYDIA, Pinkerton Matchmaker Series, which will release on January 10. Christine Sterling conceived this series and the one immediately below.
A BRIDE FOR LUKE, Proxy Bride Series, will release on February 19. Isn't this a great cover? Virginia McKevitt designed it and the one for Lydia.
STUART, Bachelors and Babies Series, releases on March 1. Charlene Raddon designed this cover and conceived the series.
When thinking about looking back or looking forward I recall the song we sang at church on Sunday, "Count Your Blessings" My greatest blessings are my sweet Hero and two sweet daughters. I'm always grateful for them!
Do you have resolutions or goals for the new decade? What blessings are you counting?