Happy New Year ~ Welcome 2012!

So here we are, at the start of a brand new year.  Are you a resolutions kind of person?  My husband always claimes that his resolution is to not make any resolutions, and to some extent he has a point.  However, I'm always keen to start the year with some sort of hope, at least, that I will make choices that create a better experience in the coming year than in the one that just passed.  So here are my resolutions for 2012:

To do more of what I can control (for example, write) and let go of things I can't (for example, get published); to focus on positive intentions and potential, and to let go of past mistakes, doubts and insecurities. To cherish all my blessings in 2012.

I also hope to blog every single day and to write a hand-written letter, sent by actual post, every single day.  I'm excited. :o)  

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If you know me, you know I'm a writer and a reader, and that I love words and stories.  What you may not know about me is that I have collected outrageous amounts of greeting cards for as long as I can remember. In fact, my friends and I used to spend hours in card shops, and I'd almost always find at least one I HAD to buy.  So fun, and such a nice way to reach out to someone across the miles.

When I was in college, I'd write long, detailed letters to my friends (one in particular, whom I'll call Sofia), that extended through all the travelling I did in young adulthood. I was practically engaged to my now-husband when I lived in France for nearly a year (yes, I was basically fluent in french, once upon a time...{sigh}) and I wrote him hundreds of pages worth of letters, I think.

And no, you can't read them. ;o)

It's an art many people have lost, and one I was particularly attached to - so I, for one, will revive it in 2012.  My messages, I expect, will be tied in to my feelings of gratitude and love and connection, all themes I hope to express more of in the coming year, and through this blog.

I have written my first one, and I will post the cute card in a few days, after enough time has passed for it to be received.

So that covers the "write" and the "love" parts - what about the read, you ask?  Well, let me recommend the book Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly.  I enjoyed it very much! 

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And I especially like the fact that this author has started a campaign to get Fox TV to include Books as a category for their Teen Choice awards.  Love that!  She's thinking big, too, and wants to be a force for getting the media to take a stand in support of reading.

So for my first post, I encourage you to look her up and pat her on the back.  The world needs more readers, and she's right - why hasn't the media taken this laudable cause to heart?!

www.justaddbooks.org


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Happy 2012 - this year, let's make it count, more than we ever have before!

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