Bring it, 2012. I’m Ready.

I’m feeling optimistic on this first Monday of the new year. Hopeful. Excited. Good things are brewing in the coming months and I am working on letting go of the worry and enjoying life, and I think, making progress.

Last January I wrote a post called, 2011: I Will Own You, excerpted here:

People seem to have come to the general consensus that 2010 was a shitty year. On a global scale as well as personal, things were often more bad than good, or at least seemed that way much of the time. Of course good things happened too, but the overwhelming feeling might have been defeat for many of us. People we cared about died. People we care about lost their job or their relationship or their home or their pet. We cried a lot.

I thought it was just me who was glad to be stepping into a new year/skin/attitude, but the first few days of January sparked a slew of Facebook posts from my friends vowing to kick ass in 2011. Posts about stepping up, getting out of slumps, renewing passions, not taking shit, and moving forward with optimism. 2011 is going to be better. We are going to make it so. If you believe, it will happen, and I believe. I think the fog of the last few months is passing, and I can see sun and sky and it’s time to finally let go of the disparaging voices in my head—as well as the belittling external voices—and fight for what I want and need and deserve.

So, here’s a (slightly belated) new year’s toast to 2011: You are mine.

And it worked. About a week later, I sold my novel.

So I’m stating my intentions again, here, with you as my witnesses: 2012 will be even better. I will spend more time in sunlight and moonlight, read more books, eat more colors, and play without guilt. I will try to ease up on self-doubt, fear, and worrying about things that haven’t happened. I want joy and love and health and freedom and courage and laughter and fun in the next year, and I will make it so.

So, thanks to 2011 for getting me here. The positivity is growing, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me. I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

It also doesn’t hurt that I’m starting off 2012 with a trip to Maui. (Yay!)

Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas to Me

Do you guys find yourselves wanting to buy yourself gifts as you shop for others around the holidays? I keep finding things that I want when I’m supposed to be searching for things my loved ones will love, and then I feel selfish for getting sidetracked looking at jewelry or books or lamps for myself. But not enough to stop. This happens to other people, too, right?

When I break down and actually purchase one of these lovely somethings, I do feel guilty. Well, let’s be honest, the guilt lasts like a minute, and then I’m excited. I’m easily distracted by pretty things.

There are so many cool stores on the internet! How can I resist? Like The Literary Gift Company, who sells a T-shirt that says, “Careful or you’ll end up in my next novel,” and this pin that I’ve been drooling over for days: Pearl Detail Paper Rose Brooch

Isn’t it gorgeous? Wouldn’t it be the perfect accessory for readings? I’m in love with this pearled paper flower.

Anybody want to buy it for me? No? I guess I’ll be forced to buy it for myself.

Please don’t judge me.

Houston, We Have Liftoff

This week marks the six-month countdown to my novel hitting bookshelves, and I turned 30. These two monumental bookmarks (haha) in my life seemed like a good time to launch this new website as well. So, welcome! I hope you’ll check out my book page and learn more about Hand Me Down. I can’t wait to hear what people think.

I figured it might be nice to start off this blog with a little bit of info about what you’re getting into. I plan to post about books I’m reading or want to read, and writing, of course, but also about other things that interest me, like crafts, gardening, travel, the way our brains work, pretty things, education, family dynamics, warm and beautiful places, eavesdropping, owls, pajamas, astronomy, clouds, the ocean, fruit, sweeping vistas, vampires, mythology, strong women, games, food, food TV, and TV. I like TV a lot.

I also might post about things I don’t like, including, but not limited to, the cold, cold places, being sick, logical fallacies, bad writing, bad TV, traffic, injustice, brussel sprouts, clutter, doing laundry, friends moving far away, close-mindedness, feeling stupid, and bugs.

I hope you’ll come back and visit, and drop a comment if I strike a chord with you. You don’t even have to laugh at my jokes, though I promise I’ll actually be funny sometimes.