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?

March 17th

cover_art_thanks to my momIf you are one of the 99.9% of my readers, you probably looked at the title and assumed I am going to talk about the green holiday of St. Patrick’s Day. I like St. Patrick’s Day, its a chance for normal people to consume alcoholic beverages mixed with green food coloring, and wear  shamrocks and bright green clothing with buttons that read “Kiss me I’m Irish!”  I’m not Irish, but my flaming red hair and green eyes might lead you to believe that I am, so I’ve been known to wear such a button a time or two. Its a fun and silly holiday.

But back to my point, I am not here to write about St. Patrick’s Day.  This year March 17th is also the release of the latest Chicken Soup for the Soul book entitled, Thanks to my Mom.  It is a wonderful book filled with 101 stories written by those of us that owe so much to our moms.  I am honored to be one of the writers in this collection.  Nine years after my mother passed away, it was a joy to be able to write something honoring her memory.

Please read this book. We all have mothers. And even if you didn’t have a great mother of your own, I’m sure you had one or more women in your life who played a mother role for you. Join me in honoring these great women by picking up a copy of the book.

I’m a published author!

ImageExcited to let you all know that my first published story came out today in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s newest book, “Form Lemons to Lemonade!”  I am so excited to have something I wrote in print and hopefully help others through telling my story.  It is a great book about wonderful people overcoming adversity in their lives.  Check it out on Amazon and in book stores everywhere!