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Looking back, looking ahead. 2021 in review and a glimpse at the future.

2021 was, for me, a weird year. Personal losses, professional highlights, and a mix of mental and physical ailments marked 365 days that should have brought us out of the pandemic and back into normalcy.

Nope.

As I sit here in my office writing this, I think reflecting on the past year is one way to plan for the next, so here goes.

2021 in review.

Professional stuff:

wrote and published 4 full-length books and one prequel/novella

won 2 writing awards

got a new contract for 5 books with a new publisher

entered the Kindle Vella world and am kicking it!!

Attended my first writing conference/book signing since 2019, the Fall in Love New England conference

Had two book signings in my local Toadstool Bookshop for new releases.

Personal stuff:

lost 22 pounds ( of the 50 I need to lose)

welcomed my first grandson

saw my nephew married

kept my parents covid-free and healthy

had a negative mammogram but a positive melanoma biopsy that resulted in 1 Mohs surgery on my face and one excision on my shoulder. ( not fun!)

Lost my father-in-law to a myriad of medical issues.

For the first time since I started doing it, I was unable to complete the Goodreads reading challenge this year. Time, as they say, just flew.

I turned 61. Unbelievable.

Not bad. Not great, either, when you consider I could have written a lot more since I’m home for the pandemic and retirement.

So, looking toward 2022

First and foremost I have to lose the rest of the 50 pounds for my daughter’s big – 3 times delayed – super wedding reception in May.

I have 7 books on the docket to write for 2022 and am seriously hunkering down to start them in January

I have 3 conference/book signings booked for the year starting in July.

I am going on a family cruise (covid-permitting)

I want to be a better person in every way so I am going to start meditating daily

I want to be around for my grandson’s life so I am eating healthier.

I want to grow my book sales, online presence, and reader loyalty.

Some of these are lofty goals, some are not. Either way, I sincerely hope 2022 is better than 2019/2020/2021 has been. We need a break. I need a break.

Happy New Year, peeps.

~Peg

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So long, 2020….I will not miss you at all

When I got up this morning I had no intention of writing a last day of the year blog.

But this is 2020, and…shit happened. Bad shit…horrible shit…political fiascos and unnecessary death tolls. National unrest…a preventable pandemic…lost jobs…lost lives…lost national respect.

Every month of this year something new and horrible occurred from hurricanes, to mounting Covid death tolls, social unrest. If you had a Bingo 2020 card did you have a box for Murder hornets? Locust swarms? Australian fire decimation? Toilet paper hoarding? The Tiger king debate ( Did Carole Baskin kill her hubby??)

Have you ever washed your hands so much as you did in 2020?

Did you ever think a 70+ physcian/scientist would be the calm in your frightened emotional storm? Anthony Fauci is a rock star in my opinion!

Have you ever felt like hitting people so much who refuse to wear a mask?

Did you ever think about what your friends and family really mean to you  as you did this year because you couldn’t see them?

And have you ever before been thankful for a vaccination shot??

As this year ends – and thank you Jesus it is – I’m looking at tomorrow as not only a new day and new year, but as a new start and a fresh beginning for my life. I’m going into 2021 cautiously optimistic and with a smile because 2020 is gone, dead, and I’m sososo over it!

 

 

 

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