Ahh…a new year! A magical clean slate to start over, try again and try and fix the mistakes of the previous year.
But for once, instead of beating myself up for the things I did not accomplish in 2017 (like publish Full Circle), I’m going to recall the things I did manage to do, because although 2017 was a total roller coaster, it has left me and my family with many happy memories and proud moments.
Starting with our health. Our family went sugar free in January last year, and although in December we wined and dined like there was no tomorrow, we were pretty good the whole year. I’m really proud over all of how much more conscious we are of what we eat and how much more we move.
Our kids flourished at school and otherwise in 2017. Our eldest moved from an Afrikaans language stream to English, and despite the challenges that that can bring when you are 10, he sailed through the year. Not only that, he also got his blue belt in karate! The younger little guy finished his first grade like a rock star and moved to the goalie position in his soccer team, where he did really well. They’re growing up fast, and I could not be prouder of how they carry themselves out there in the big wide world.
We travelled to the US and hiked up Mt. Lassen. We also went to Las Vegas and spent time with our American friends.
We got married! In November I married my high school sweetheart <3
I released Without You, a secret novella just for my subscribers.
I guess, what I’m trying to say is – yes, I did not reach my goal last year to publish a second book, but I did a lot of other great things. And sometimes you just have to cut yourself a break, and “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
And on that note, here are my Wildly Important Goals for 2018.
- I want to publish Full Circle as soon as possible.
- I want to complete my first draft of my next novel (which I’ve already started working on).
- I want to read more books, like at least 50 this year.
- I want to learn to meditate.
- I want more quality time with family.
I hope that your coming year is filled with adventures instead of detours, and opportunities instead of disappointments. May 2018 be year where you find yourself further along the path you want to be, living your life to the fullest with those you love.