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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Counting Down while Counting up

Ah, the year-end swan song. This year, out loud, we are chanting, “Thank God” for the end of 2009, but if you listen to my heart folks, you’ll hear: “Thank God for 2009.” OK, the bank account is suffering. That’s the check mark in the negative column. Here though, are the positives:

1) It was a forced decision, sure, but I finally moved on from the career I was good at, but that didn’t inspire or enrich me--well, other than financially.

2) I began Middle Passages--unplanned, in shock, but out it came, like a river after a torrential rain fall. Through this blog I learned that not only can I write, I will write, and I can hold myself accountable to make sure that I do write--regularly. Stay tuned, because it’s going to get even better.

3) I was published, twice. Once in a sort of semi-major publication. Oh, I wish you all could have seen my face the day the editor of the Boston Globe Magazine called me to tell me she’d be using His and Her Unemployment. If I recall correctly, there was some dancing involved--witnessed by visitors that were in our house that day. There, another positive. Become “redundant,” write about it, get published. Who knew?

4) Including payment for His and Her Unemployment and All Together Now, (which occurred before I set up my D/B/A bank account) as well as the six, count ‘em, six writing projects that I completed by year end, LCS Writes, my freelance writing business, is actually in the black. It’s a very tiny black; more like a shadow really, but maybe in 2010 it will pay me a salary.

5) I have blog readers who are supportive, kind, generous in their comments and over-the-top helpful for which I am over-the-moon grateful.

6) For the first time in my 51 year old life, I am in love with what I do.

So there you go. If that’s what happens in a bad year, bring on 2010. There’s the glass half-empty or the glass half-full mentality. Pop the champagne. My glass is bubbling over.

Best wishes to all of you for a safe celebration and a fulfilling, prosperous and healthful year.

What are some good things that happened to you in 2009?

7 comments:

glnroz said...

full steam ahead... congrats to you on all that and it will continue, I am sure,, Happy New Year.

Simon C. Larter said...

Congrats on a turbulent, but great year, good lady. May the next one be more, better, greater, and, uh, funner. Cheers!

Tamika: said...

Isn't it miraclous to be doing what we love! That is payment enough! 2009 has been a wonderful beginning to my writing journey, creating my blog, and working on two novel projects that I adore. God has been over the top this year!

Have a blessed New Year my friend!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

My year was turbulent, too, but starting a blog and meeting people like you has been such an uplifting experience. I've got two books underway and a whole lot of new friends who understand that journey. Happy 2010!

Helen Ginger said...

Six projects completed. Yay! I predict and even better year in 2010.

Helen
Straight From Hel

Bethany Wiggins said...

2009...

Got an agent (after five years and several books of trying).
Finished another manuscript.
Got healthier.
Learned to do the splits in yoga. SRSLY!
Happy kids.

Happy New Year!

Jody Hedlund said...

When we're doing what we truly love, then the rest will fall into place! And often we can live on a lot less than we think we need! Blessings in the New Year!