Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that 2017 is over and that we are already into the second week of 2018. Where does time go?
One year ago, I wrote about my battle with New Year’s resolutions, bucket lists, and my lack of success with either one.
Instead I decided to identify three words that I would use to guide me throughout 2017. I needed up adding a fourth one, but more about that later.
As I look back on 2017 I decided to identify three words that, in retrospect, describe the year that has just come and gone. They are a little different than the words I chose to guide me through those 12 months.
No doubt about it, 2017 was an exciting year for me.
After 17 years with James Madison University, 12 of them with the Adult Degree Program, it was time to move on to the next chapter of my life. New and thrilling, I hope, adventures await me.
I visited Venice.
Florence holds my heart, but I was excited to visit this city of canals that is on so many people’s bucket list.
I launched, or should I say relaunched, my writing career.
I worked in journalism and public relations and some success as a freelance writer before moving to Virginia. Settling in, then life itself, put my writing on hold for all these years. I am excited to see where this road will lead me.
2017 was scary as well.
Suddenly, time was my own, and it can stretch out endlessly. Can I manage it on my own? And there are all the worries that I certainly must share with all other new retirees – Will my retirement funds last? Will I remain healthy?
I decided to pursue my dream of being a full-time writer.
This is a dream I’ve held onto for years. The questions that I had years ago remain: Am I good enough? Are my stories distinctive?
And I am very blessed.
I am financially able to retire at 62. I have a roof over my head and food on my table.
I have the means and the opportunities to travel.
I have a supportive family and friends as I start this new adventure of being a writer.
As I look forward to 2018 I have decided to keep my four words from last year: kind, courageous, communicative, and grateful.
They did their job last year, and I will strive to see that they do so again.
What three words would you use to describe your 2017? What three words would you choose to guide you through 2018? Share them below in the comments section.
Thank you for reading with me on the sunny side of life.
Wishing you all a 2018 filled with all good things,