|As my fiftieth year comes to a close I find myself reflecting on the past year. It was a year of firsts, a year of discovery and most of all a year filled with joy. Here is my fiftieth year in review...five at a time...|
Word of the Year: JOY 1. The emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure;elation. 2. A source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated. 3. The expression or display of glad feeling; festive gaiety. 4. A state of happiness or felicity.
Things That Brought Me Joy
- Ending a stressful sales job and spending more time with my best friend, Andy.
- Gaining a new grandchild.
- Watching a son graduate from college.
- Making Meditation and Yoga part of my daily practice.
- Watching all my children learn their way and appreciating their unique personalities.
Stuff I Learned
- Happiness is a total mind-body connection.
- Meditation and Yoga are the language of my soul.
- Being a writer and eventually a published author is no different than the pursuit of any profession. You have to pay your dues.
- Rejection letters don’t hurt as much as I thought.
- Taking care of ones health is paramount to finding joy.
Things I Could Have Done Better
- My health. It’s about giving myself permission to pursue my own health, guilt free.
- Keeping in contact with my extended family.
- Eating more fruits and vegetables and less processed food.
- Organizing my work day and being a more productive writer.
- Seeing the positive in others, including myself.
Stuff I Did or Accomplished
- Attended my first Writers Conference and pitched to agents.
- Began to actively pursue resolving my health issues.
- Received my first rejection letters.
- Learned how to do nothing and not feel guilty.
- Finished and polished my first middle grade novel.
As I peer into my fifty-first year, I'm looking forward to...
- Visiting more of my family that live far-away and contact them regularly.
- Attend two writing conference’s this year.
- Complete twice as many writing projects.
- Increase my social platform.
- Traveling outside the U.S. and I’m not talking about Canada.
Someone told me that I should keep my age on the down-low, professionally. I'm proud of my life experience and the time I've had to learn. And besides, every 7 and a half seconds a baby boomer turns fifty. I'm in damn good company!!