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Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock: 2017-46

This week is traditionally the week I pause to review how I did with my goals, reassess my five-year plan, and look forward into the new year.  This is the time to be like two-faced Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings. 

In the review mirror:

 Last year, I attended at least one book signing a month, expanded my twitter followers to more than 2500 (goal was 3,000, so falling a little short, and got A Ship of Pearl nominated by a librarian for “2017 Soon to be Famous Illinois Authors.”  And I started my next Read-to-Me-Book and a follow-up novel with a working title, May His Tribe Increase.

 I never in my life thought I’d get as comfortable as I have with speaking to total strangers, and  doing Facebook Live videos (still feel like a fool, but oh well.)

 I took on a new job that was supposed to last a month and stretched to nine months.  And I kept my photo-journalist job going.  That was fun! (Whoa, that sounds exhausting just writing that down.)

CoCo successfully passed her one year, living-on-her-own  anniversary.  I am incredible proud of her and her independence.

 Two grandchildren graduated from high school. That’s certainly not my accomplishment, but I delight in theirs.

 Loved-One confidence in his business is growing.

 We failed to meet any travel goals.  Drat it all!

 I almost made it to see Mom once a month, all but three months accomplished.

 Everyone is healthy, happy, and wise.  For the most part, anyways. Certainly no major catastrophes of the body, mind, or soul. That alone is worth celebrating and giving thanks.

Got health insurance for both myself and Loved-One.

In the New Year:

Travel Route 66 with Loved-One. (Plan some book signings along the way?)

Get my second and third book written, edited, and ready for publishing.

Celebrate Mom’s 90th birthday.

Take an on-line photography class.

Bicycle the KalHaven Trail. Hopefully, with enthusiastic family members along.

Be open to whatever the moment offers.



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  1. Good for you to achieve some tough and great goals. Even almost 100% is a fabulous achievement! I wrote on resolutions today too. As far as goals for my business for 2018 we have a meeting this week so I will get on it!

  2. Wow, you’ve accomplished so much of what you set out to do. Wishing 2018 finds you exceeding all of the expectations you set for yourself.

  3. You did great with your goals!!! Can’t wait to see how you blossom in 2018!!!

    • Adela Adela

      Thanks Beth. Me, too.

  4. Kim Kim

    What’s the Kal Haven Trail?

    • Adela Adela

      The Kal-Haven Trail is a bicycle trail between Kalamazoo and South Haven, Michigan. It’s a beautifully wooded trail that I want to ride during the fall “color” season.

  5. I set goals definitely. I love how you’ve achieved these things. Makes you want to do more this year, right? May you have a more epic 2018!

    • Adela Adela

      Thanks Lux! Yes, it does make me want to do more. And maybe rest more!

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