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New year and something new…

Happy 2022, peeps.

So last January 1 I posted a picture almost identical to this one

– the only difference was my glasses.

It’s 2 am here on the East Coast. The New year rang in officially here 2 hours ago. I can’t say I am sad to see 2021 go. There were some highlights to be sure – the birth of my first grandson the biggest and happiest, but for the most part, 2021 wasn’t one I will remember with a great deal of pleasure. Here’s hoping 2022 sees us out of this pandemic ( get vaccinated, people) and that we can learn to love one another again, remembering our differences are our strengths.

I’m starting something new in 2022 on my Instagram account to get me to remember to smile more. Every day I’ll post one new picture of something going on in my life that’s a positive. It could be a picture of my crazy dog, the beautiful area I live in, or even just a picture of me doing something that makes me happy, like baking or cooking. By validating every day that there is something to smile about in life, I hope to give you all a reason to smile, too. So, enjoy today. Hope you got some sleep ( unlike me, the chronic insomniac) and that 2022 starts in a wonderful way for you. ~ Peg

here’s my Instagram link so you can follow me on my journey:

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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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