Day 1 – Start.

Day 1 of 365.

New Years Day.

2016.

Listening to U2 on my iPod.  (just seems fitting)

As per our usual ritual for the first day of the year, we are happy to tear down Christmas.  It is a daunting task and seems to take hours.  The Hubby, thank God, is an expert at packing.  I am decidedly overwhelmed.  Odd how the kids are nowhere to be found…..  Christmas in a box

We have waaaaay too many Christmas ornaments…..

Here are two questions:

  • Why is it that it’s so much more fun to decorate the house for the Holidays than it is un-decorate at the end?
  • Why have I no fore-thought as I spread my festive knick-knacks all over everywhere?  It’s like being on an Easter egg hunt.  I keep discovering snowmen and reindeer perched atop shelves and in small corners – I don’t remember putting them there.

Must have been all that rum and eggnog I insisted on having.

packing up Christmas
too, too much.

A quick survey of the house reminds me of the mess Christmas sneakily creates and then leaves behind.  Sparkles and pine needles litter the floor where the tree stood in the living room.  There are mounds of tissue paper and ribbons, discarded and forgotten.

And now it’s time to clean it all up, sweep it all away, shove it under the stairs in the basement, and forget about it.   Until next December 1st when we drag everything out again.

My floors are in desperate need of a vacuum.  Don’t even look at the kitchen… is that a headache I feel coming on?

ugh.

We have been a household of excessive relaxation for the past 7 days.  Which is fine, I guess – but today I am both exhausted and lethargic and suddenly itching to be in action again.

The word “Routine” has the same effect on me as the word “Vacation” did a week and a half ago.  I am giddy with anticipation.  Seriously.

I purposefully put my editing aside so I could enjoy Christmas without worrying about trying to write over the Holidays.  You know what?  I miss my characters like one might miss friends or school chums.  I want them back in my life!

Is it Monday yet?  Can I go back to work now?New Year, new calendar (2016)

 

-Janice 🙂

 

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At The Beginning. Again.

You know what December 31st is, right?

It’s an ending and a beginning – at the same time.

We are on the last day of one year, but we are already facing a new one and wondering what lies down the road, around the corner, and on the other side of the hill.

One of the articles in my WP newsfeed this morning was The Daily Post with a prompt encouraging me to write about the possibility of being able to be anyone I want to be as of tomorrow – the first day of 2016.

Great.  Sounds like fun.  Let’s be creative….wonderwoman_largeOnly – I couldn’t think of anyone!  Maybe a few years ago I would have been able to do this exercise with ease.  Maybe I would have written a cute and witty post about becoming Wonder Woman.  But honestly, after the year I have just had, I really only want to be me.

2015 was equal parts difficult, challenging, joyful and triumphant for me.  Both personally and professionally.  And now, on this, the last day of the year that was, what I remember most about 2015 actually happened in 2014.

You see, exactly one year ago today, New Year’s Eve, I was at a funeral.  I was ending and starting the year under a cloud of misery, and it totally sucked.  You know what death does for the living?  It puts life into perspective.  You take stock.  You do a personal audit.  You wonder how your eulogy will read.  Morbid, but true.

Have you even been to a funeral on New Years Eve?  Talk about poignancy.  I remember going home and drinking a lot of wine as I rang in the New Year with my kids and my husband – wondering what the next 365 days had in store for us.  I remember feeling dread as we counted down the seconds to 2015.  Yes, it was as depressing as it sounds.

But I am not one to dwell……

So, on January 1st, I took that misery and decided to just live in 2015.  To just be me, with less apologising.  To ask for things that I want.  Create opportunities for myself and say the word “no” less.  To only say the word “yes” if I truly meant it.

Do.  Write.  Run.  Dance.  Sing.  Laugh.  Love.

All the stuff that sounds cliche and cheesy, and probably is…but you know what?  That’s exactly what I did.  And it was awesome.  And also hard.  But mostly, it was rewarding.

So why would I want to start out the next 365 days being anybody else – especially now that I know just being is right for me.

2016: new book, blank page.
To all the awesome endings and many new beginnings!

 

And so it begins!  365 Days of Writing!  I have been holding my breath and preparing myself for this for the last two months.   I am knee-deep in editing my novel, and loving the challenge.  One of my goals for 2015 was to get back to blogging – which was more difficult than I thought it would be.  So here I am!  Who’s with me?  #365daysofwriting starts tomorrow.  Yikes! 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  See you in 2016….

 

-Janice 🙂

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A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved

I already posted my opinion on New Years Resolutions last week…. buuuuuut – I can’t resist the Daily Post photo challenges!

Besides – this one for me is pretty straight forward:

A long time ago, I RESOLVED to enjoy the little things in life, to not take anything for granted and to be grateful for each moment you have.

Happiness
Happiness

It is like finding and delighting in a small box of chocolates – savouring each one slowly until you’ve enjoyed (just about) the entire tray.

And you are overcome with gratitude for this simple, delicious thing that came in to your life….even it was for a relatively brief period…  😉

I will take this principle and apply it, over and over to as many “small” moments and discoveries as I can each and every day.

It’s just something I do.