This time of year I always take a social media break. I do this for several reasons. One, I want to be present in the moment with my family. It’s nice to forget the outside world for a little bit and concentrate on what’s going on right in front of my eyes. Second, it allows me to take a breather from the constant pressure I put on myself. To write. To create. To please everyone around me: CPs, my writing group, my agent, everyone who may even get the slightest peek at my writing. This self-imposed pressure is created entirely by me. It comes with the problem of being a total “Type A” personality and always wanting to please and succeed.
Knowing this break was coming, I started thinking about the past year. What I’ve learned and accomplished. Things I want to repeat, and other things I’m bound and determined to avoid. This got me thinking about what I want to say “hello” to in 2016, and items I want to kick to the curb from 2015.
For the goodbyes…
I want to say sayonara to self-doubt, comparing my writing path to others, and taking myself too seriously. The goal is to remember that this writing gig is a gift. Not a punishment. Not a chore. But a real blessing that allows me to create every single day.
For the hellos…
2016 is a time to welcome growth. To step outside my comfort zone and try new things. Write in a new category and genre. Put together a holiday novella. Embrace the thought that my publishing path may not follow a traditional route (and that’s okay). All these things come with a sense of wonderment and joy. Things that have been missing too frequently in my life.
For you my readers, I wish a truck full of hellos and goodbyes. I hope each and every one of you can let go of what wasn’t working in 2015 and open your hearts to new ideas, opportunities, and challenges in 2016. I have a feeling it’s going to be a wonderful year for all of us.
Happy Holidays and a joyous New Year to everyone!