Wednesday, December 31, 2014

You Are Here

Every year for the past forever, I've had a list of New Year's resolutions. It generally centered around self-improvement (be a better mom and wife, work out more, be more positive, etc.), but the main focus was always this: GET AN AGENT. Every time I failed to meet my goal, I repeated this mantra: "onward and upward." I developed a thing for arrows, because they symbolized forward momentum. I never let myself dwell too much on the here and now, because I believed something better was just around the corner.

So it's a little weird to be heading into 2015 with a nice big check mark next to my number one goal.

Of course, now I have a new goal: to sell my novel. But considering I haven't even started my revisions, it's a little premature to worry about that. And sure, I have something kind of big on the horizon (moving to Peru), but this year, I really, really want to focus on what I already have instead of worrying about what I don't. I would like to spend more time being grateful and less time trying to change things. I do not want to waste energy comparing myself to others. I want to keep this in mind:

I hope you guys will remind me of this every now and then (like when I go on submission to publishers in the next few months, or when I have to leave my very comfortable home and move with two kids to another continent). Thanks for being there for me this year and following along on this journey. I hope you all find yourselves exactly where you need to be in 2015. Happy New Year!


Leila Rose said...

This. So true. Great attitude to start the new year!

Jessie Humphries said...

OMG, I sooo needed this today. I don't even want to think about new goals yet. I just want to be grateful for what I have. To sit here and be happy for a second! Love your guts, Mara!

Emily R. King said...

You're wise to appreciate where you are right now. That's a happiness that can't be taken away, no matter what. :)

Nomads By Nature said...

Such good wisdom to soak in for 2015 - thanks for the reminder! Happy New Year to you too!