I’ve just achieved my New Year’s resolution by using the word “gleaned” in a headline.
My work here is done.
(Not even close.)
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Yesterday, I was thinking about this blog and how life has changed since it began in October 2009; I realized there was no need for a blog overhaul of my categories or topics, because I still like writing about those things — some more than others depending on what I’m up to — and there’s no need to reinvent the wheel.
What’s in store for you.
My career focus right now is writing novels, a job you probably don’t connect to, and that’s okay. I still learn things about life as a novelist that I want to share, things you WILL connect to. That will be my focus here in the year ahead.
Thinking back …
2012 was a tough year for many people I love, myself included.
What did I learn?
(What lessons were gleaned?)
Bad things happen to good people. It doesn’t pay to blame or point fingers, because some horrible things simply happen, and I don’t think we’re supposed to ruminate on them. I think we’re supposed to pick ourselves up and look toward the future without letting the bad thing define the rest of our lives.
That’s my plan, anyways.
If you feel stuck in life, change something. What you do to change isn’t as important as the act of change itself. You have to try something new. I wrote about the power of new in this post.
You can’t control people, or make them think like you. No amount of ranty Facebooks posts or declarations will work. You can only control yourself. When you feel frustrated by people and the world, remember this quote. (click = happy)
You have to make the internet stop. Stop letting it distract you from getting important things done. Stop letting it take you away from your real, actual life. I am not anti-internet, that should be obvious, but I have learned there is a need to impose restrictions on myself. This is not always easy, but I’m always happy with the result.
- Try it. Set time aside each day to unplug. If you have a goal, create a focus experiment.
I have American problems. Most of the irritating, earth-shattering, annoying things that happen to me are not real problems. I am not starving or repressed or illiterate. My life is good, really good, and everyone I know has a good life, too. Literally everyone. I remind myself of this all the time and it helps keep my American problems in perspective.
- Feeling down? Refocus your life with a joy list.
Do not type a nose. Smiley faces are supposed to be eyes and a smile, like this:
NOT LIKE THIS:
: – )
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