Well, it's the cusp of a new year. The time when we reflect on our accomplishments and reaffirm our goals. I've never been one for making New Year's resolutions, because I always tend to have goals that I am working towards. They might be personal, work, relationship or life change related and they are always flexible. I know some people say you have to carve your goals in stone and work towards them every day, or you'll never get there, but I also think you have to remember to live life and give yourself a break.
Sometimes life takes us in directions we didn't expect and you need to make sure you and your family are healthy and happy first.
This was a particularly difficult year for many of my friends and family, with illness and death close at hand. Those kind of stresses can sap your enthusiasm, but they are also an excellent way to help you appreciate the wonderful things you already have in your life.
I am thankful for the support and love of my family, for cheeky kids who ask inappropriate questions, friends who listen and laugh, and for my partner of 25 years for never deflating my enthusiasm for hairbrained schemes.
Of course, I also have to send a special thank you to my friends in the writing community, because you are an endless source of inspiration and motivation. Although I don't feel like I've achieved a lot with my writing this year, I did complete a romantic suspense novel and a romance novella, read 58 books, attended a romance writers conference on the Gold Coast, Writers Week and the Salisbury Writer's Festival in Adelaide, not to mention a variety of online courses to hone my literary skills. Now that I've written it all down, I didn't do to badly at all. Time for a pat on the back and the excitement of setting some new literary goals for 2013. Enjoy!