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Happy New Year!

I’ve been out of commission for a while but it has been spectacular to have the break. I was so happy to visit my family last week. We so rarely get together because of the distance.

My parents are in Chicago. My sister is in North Carolina. My other sister is in Toronto. And me? Well last year I was in England so…

This was the first time we have all been together in over a year. I did see my parents in June but then one of my sisters wasn’t there. Plus, the boyfriends came this time. It was amazing how everyone got along. Even thought it was only four days, it felt like two weeks because everyone was home the entire time. Really energized me.

I also got some great writing books from my mom. It will help me to focus on putting pen to paper – or fingers to keyboard – and turning my thoughts and ideas into stories.

Also – a project that I’ve been working on is coming close to deadline. Can’t wait to reveal it to you all but of course, I am waiting until it is ready to go live. Others in the project group have already begun talking about it. Makes me feel like I should just throw it out there.

But my strategy is suspense. It’s going to be terrific and I can’t wait to show you all.

As for New Year’s Resolutions, I haven’t really made any. Since we began travelling, I find I’m always making new resolutions for myself.

I’m going to read more classics. I’m going to exercise on a regular basis. I’m going to read more travel publications. I’m going to talk to my mom once a week. I’m going to listen more.

I guess I’ve had a whole year of resolutions. Perhaps I’ll resolve to keep doing that.


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