2021 Word of the Year-Patience

Each year for the past few years. I’ve come up with a word for the year. Something to motivate me to move forward. This year my word is patience. If you’ve been anywhere on social media the past couple weeks, you’ve seen lots of posts celebrating the end of 2020. Of course, we all want 2020 to be over. It’s now hard to imagine that just a year ago living through a pandemic was something we read about in some science fiction novel. Now it’s become reality—a seemingly endless reality.

It’s been a hard year for me, a true optimist, glass is always half full, kind of gal. There hasn’t been much of that this year. So I am optimistic about the vaccine and getting back to “normal” sometime this coming year, but I know I still have to be patient. Even in the group I’m in, it’s likely to be another three to six months before I’ll be able to get the vaccine, then there’s the 3-4 weeks wait between two doses, and then another wait until the vaccine is effective. And then, although I’ll feel safer venturing out of my home, the general population won’t be vaccinated, so masks will still likely be a requirement. And when will big events start again? Right now, I’d consider selling my first-born child to go to a concert, football game, or just to church on Sundays.

I live alone and I miss people. I miss book signings and meeting my readers, and I’m so tired of zoom meetings. Oh, and I’m a hugger. I MISS HUGS!

So anyway, my word this year is patience. The optimist in me believes we will overcome this and return to normal life, hopefully with a little more appreciation for the little things than we had before the pandemic, but I know it’s still going to take a while and in the meantime we will all need to be patient. 2021 isn’t magically going to change anything, but we’ll get there.

Happy New Year. What’s your word for this year?

Published again!

the cat did whatAs a new writer I am still working on my first novel, but am happy to announce that I have yet another Chicken Soup for the Soul story now in print!  This is the third story that I have had published by them in the past year, so I must be doing something right.  My story The nine lives of Smokey came out today in their latest book “The Cat Did What?”  It is the true story of my beloved cat named Smokey, who survived against all odds a high level of smoke damage when he was trapped in a burning house. (And yes, his name really was Smokey years before the fire). He proved the age old saying that cats really do have nine lives! This amazing book, royalties of which support the American Humane Association, is now available in book stores everywhere.  Besides my awesome story (page 57) you wont want to miss the 100 other heartwarming stories about cats who have touched our lives and the forward written by Miranda Lambert. I am so honored to be a part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul family and hope to continue to have stories published in their inspiring books!

Quote from my story– Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish–John Quincy Adams