HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Gosh darn, we made it. We made it one piece, so hi-five and give me a fist bump why don't you? Because we have conquered that heck of a year called 2014.
The year that opened my eyes.
Do you remember my first post of 2014? (I'll wait while you gander.)
It was a response to my New Year's post of 2013. (You can go on, now.)
(Yes, I'm still here.)
2014 was as busy as 2013, if not more. Above the dailies, I started grad school. All the while, I wrote a new draft of the draft of the book from last year (does that make sense?) A New Adult project--exciting, right? I continued querying, revising, and querying and revising, and I'm still at it with ONE ON ONE, quite possibly the book of my heart. I'm learning a lot. I'm being humbled immensely by this book.
And there is the personal stuff. Stuff I may write about later but added to the layers of 2014, of love and loss and families. It tested my resilience and I'm happy to report that I am as strong as I thought I was and more. We are over the hump--this HaluHalo family is united and bound, despite the challenges of a military lifestyle, but still, it was a transition for all of us.
In 2015, after all of that, I want to ROOT.
I want to plant my feet, knowing how much has happened in the last couple of years. I want to dig my fingers into the earth and get to the bottom of where it all began. I want to get back to the raw of my intentions. It's more than the need to slow down--there won't ever be such a thing for us. In fact 2015 will most likely bring another move, and my schedules won't wait for me to catch up.
But finding myself entrenched in the things I know have made me full--that's what I will need to do this year.
After all, if my roots aren't cultivated, my blooms won't be quite as large. I might not reach as high into my dreams.
So, I will ROOT in my writing. I will write so long as I love to. I will write in hopes it will be good enough for others to read.
I will ROOT in reading, in the quest to learn. Homework, for pleasure, fiction or nonfiction, I will fill my imagination.
I will ROOT in craft because I know it helps me breathe. Both the order and the chaos of it somehow rearranges the words in my brain.
Finally, I will ROOT in love, because it is my spring board. For everything.
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! Find your word(s) and go after it! While you do that, look back and make sure I'm safely tucked in. Water me with hugs. Shine me with your presence.
Watch me grow.