I hope y’all had a wonderful Holiday season! (Let me know in the comments whether you celebrated Christmas, something else, or nothing at all.) My Christmas season has been busy with a VIP guest from out of town. However, it was a good kind of busy. A great kind, in fact. I had fun!
Today, I wish
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!
Things will not magically change, but try to use that clean slate to write a new and improved chapter of your life. Who knows? Maybe this time it will actually work?! (It is madness to try something over and over again and expect different results, but I do not judge, so give it a ‘go!’)
I hope that I will get to see all of you this time of year again next year and that we will be joined by many more. Expanding my blogging community brings me joy, allows me to learn about different people and perspectives, which in turn helps me grow. So, please do not leave WordPress. Instead, try to recruit others you know in real life to join our forces.
Historically, these ‘end-of-year’ posts of mine are drafted throughout the entire year. Periodically, I would add links to posts I had written throughout the year and write a brief description for each one. Somehow, this year, I completely forgot to do so until the end of November. Thankfully, for this purpose only, there are not many posts to link this year… Before I get to the list, let me first reflect on the year that is about to pass.
There is a part of me that wants to complain about how tough this year has been and how it impacted my writing, but the other part of me does not like to whine. The latter usually wins.
Yes, it sucked.
I wish I were in a different place than I am in my life.
I wish I wrote so much more.
I wish I finished my WIP.
But, you know what? You cannot turn back time. (If you can, please reach out to me through my Contact page with directions on how to do that, or share in the comment section.) You cannot get things your way just because you want them – even if you REALLY want them – no matter what motivational speakers tell you.
So, I choose to actually celebrate what I HAVE done this year.
There are two things I am very pleased with:
- I got a new job! The new position is not what I expected, but it is not necessarily a bad thing. I am broadening my horizons, learning a lot, and meeting tons of new people. All of which I am very much enjoying. The old position I left behind… They are struggling without me. I hope they are able to stabilize soon, but at the same time, I feel a tiny bit of satisfaction knowing that I am being missed.
- I managed to write (and publish on this blog) a story consisting of 12 chapters penned throughout the year! This project kept me accountable and motivated. I am SO thankful to BBprompt for inspiring me to do that.
What are some of the things YOU are proud of accomplishing this year?
I want to share what my ideas are for next year in terms of this blog, but I am a major skeptic when it comes to making plans. I just have a feeling things are going to go South (why is ‘South’ considered ‘bad’?), and they usually do… So, I figured I will take it one step at a time and announce that I will try to participate in Bloguary. Hopefully, that will allow me to get back into the swing of things and give me more room for realistic planning. Let me know if you will participate, too! I think it will be a great event to spark some creative posts and it will allow us to mingle more with bloggers we have not met before.
Last year there were almost a hundred posts written by me. 2019 and 2018 each had almost two hundred posts. Even in 2017, which was when I first started blogging, I managed to pen about 60 posts in 6 months. I finish this year with a lot fewer. What I hope that will do is actually motivate you to go through the list and see if maybe you missed some of them or maybe you would like to re-read. It is tedious to go through 190 post descriptions but I have faith that you can scroll through 40 in no time. You know I will return the favor if you engage in a meaningful conversation on my blog.
The Golden Compendium of 2021 (in chronological order):
- NROP: Why Social Media is Bad for You and Even Worse for Celebrities. – You need to be very careful when posting anything online. Even more so, if you are a celebrity.
- CW: A Girl from the Apple Orchard. (1/12) – Chapter 1 of an original family-drama-mystery.
- NROP: Free Speech – For Me but NOT For You. – How social media silences some but not others. It is all arbitrary. Stay vigilant.
- CW: January Collection – Three short pieces I penned at the beginning of the year.
- NROP: Best Service Animal. – Not only a dog can be a service animal.
- CW: Yo Momma – A tale about a boy lost in the world after his mother’s death.
- CW: A Girl from the Apple Orchard. (2/12) – Chapter 2 of the original family-drama-mystery.
- CW: Murder on Mangrove Meadow. – For some, working from home might be a death sentence.
- NROP: Beijing boyg. – The controversial Beijing Olympics – To go or not to go?
- CW: February Collection – Two short pieces I penned at the beginning of the year.
- NROP: Airport automation – a matter of convenience or surveillance? – Technology is hellbent on making our lives easier. Or are the people behind it just trying to surveil us better?
- CW: Last week, across the street… – A poem about depression.
- NROP: The old, the new, and the normal. – Many things have changed due to the pandemic, many more are evolving as we ‘speak.’ Whatever happens, let us remember the need for culture and education of our kids – our future.
- CW: A Girl from the Apple Orchard (3/12) – Chapter 3 of the original family-drama-mystery.
- NROP: Role Models of Today: Becoming a Bimbo. – Why being a bimbo is a good thing.
- NROP: Don’t We All Deserve Security? – Celebrities always ask for more privilages but fewer duties. How fair is that?
- CW: A Girl From the Apple Orchard (4/12) – Chapter 4 of the original family-drama-mystery.
- NROP: The Pointy Edge of Protests. – An essay on why current protests are not fixing anything and how they are actually making things worse.
- CW: Dangerous – Just because someone is quiet does not mean they cannot be deadly.
- HW: #MondayMotivation; Do Not Be Afraid To Try New Things. – a little encouragement to keep trying.
- HW: #TuesdayThoughts; Morning Pages and Homework for Life. – my experience with writing exercises during Lent.
- CW: A Girl From the Apple Orchard (5/12) – Chapter 5 of the original family-drama-mystery.
- CW: The Awakening. – Remember that time when you partied so hard that you were not sure where you were when you woke up the following day? That might be more dangerous than you think.
- NROP: What is that between your legs? A surprise find. – on challenges trans people face at the airport.
- CW: A Girl From the Apple Orchard (6/12) – Chapter 6 of the original family-drama-mystery.
- NROP: It’s getting hot in here… – on how ‘smart’ devices can work against us.
- CW: The setting sun. – The setting sun can cause sadness for some. Another day gone. For Maisey, it sparks joy and hope.
- CW: A Secret Ingredient – A man prepares a dinner date for a woman. What could go wrong?
- NROP: How to achieve work-life balance? – Is work-life balance a thing of the past or a four-day-work-week our future?
- CW: A Girl From the Apple Orchard (7/12) – Chapter 7 of the original family-drama-mystery.
- CW: Listen to your 3lders. – Do parents always know better? A cautionary tale.
- NROP: Where Should I Move To? – Companies, cities, and states are offering financial incentives if you are willing to re-locate. Would you?
- CW: A Girl From the Apple Orchard (8/12) – Chapter 8 of the original family-drama-mystery.
- Blog “Block Party” – 5th edition. – a casual conversation with hors d’oeuvre
- CW: A Girl From the Apple Orchard (9/12) – Chapter 9 of the original family-drama-mystery.
- CW: A Girl From the Apple Orchard (10/12) – Chapter 10 of the original family-drama-mystery.
- CW: A Girl From the Apple Orchard (11/12) – Chapter 11 of the original family-drama-mystery.
- ?Random Raiders! – a new way to discover other people’s older posts and to uncover broken links on your site.
- CW: A Girl from the Apple Orchard (12/12) – the last chapter of the original family-drama-mystery.
- This post.
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