Happy New Year and welcome new beginnings.
And of course, I am going to do the usual New Year thing, but not as resolutions. Or goals. Or planning of any kind. I learned something simple and exciting from the marvelous Martha Beck. Her suggestion/instruction/advice? How do you want to feel this time next year? No, really.
I tried it for a bit during the murk of the last few months. I needed something else. I decided that I wanted to feel satisfied. How do I feel when I finish something? How do I feel when I have had fun with friends? How do I feel after a good day at work? Satisfied. That's exactly how I feel now. Satisfied.
And that is how I want to feel at the end of 2014. Satisfied and excited. Excited? Because I have all the adventures that leave me feeling satisfied to look forward to.
I am excited by what I have achieved and where it is sending me. New authors discovered. New publishers, book reviewing achieved, a collection published. All the Salon Scouts have had an interesting year, of course. New genres explored. New ways to make the world a better place. You can expect to see us approach blogging a little differently this year, putting more energy in to match the energy in our off-line lives.
So, this time next year... How do you want to feel? Expectant? Comfortable? Happy? And, yeah, “weird” can be a good thing to feel.
Meanwhile, Happy New Year from all of us at the Speculative Salon!!