You realize, it’s almost over.  You know, 2012?  Are you done shopping?  Are the gifts all wrapped and under the tree?  Did you forget anyone on the list??  Will you get what you want?

It’s almost the end of a year, and for many, that’s a signal, a time for reflection.  I’m taking a pause here to think back on where I’ve been, what I’ve done and where I’m going.  Actually, maybe more like where I THINK I’m going.

Many analogies have been made about life being like a book.  It’s been written about in songs or articles, and used in discussions.  There are lyrics about pages turned, or words written or spoken and they all elude to chapters beginning or ending.  Being a writer, I’ve always liked that, but there were times this past year when I wished I could have skipped certain chapters.

Lord knows, there was good and bad thrown into the mix.  As you may know, if you’ve been reading my posts, my job at Nortel, my two beloved dogs, Bella and Kiwi, and my aunt who had Downs Syndrome, sadly, are all closed chapters in my personal book.  I only have pictures and memories to hold on to and to keep close.  These losses were heavy, dark and in some cases, completely unexpected.

But, life is about balance and for all those chapters ending came the new chapters, or the continued pursuit in reading the ones partially finished.   For instance, there was the welcoming of a new member of the family, (see last post “And Now We Are Three…”), and the ongoing and steadfast hope for publication, the receipt of my first rejections from agents before I acquired one.  I learned to better use social media and I grew my Twitter followers.  I kept up with this blog, going from posting once a month, to once a week.   I grew a thicker skin and I finished a second book.   Not bad, right?

Now, here I am.  It’s December 11, exactly two weeks before Christmas and less than three weeks before another new year begins.  In spite of myself, I remain optimistic, a glass half full sort of person.  I look forward to 2013 and whatever rolls around the corner when it gets here.  In the meantime, what I have on the immediate radar is to continue working on the third book while tossing around the idea of getting back into yoga.  Oh, and most importantly… wishing that all of you are happy and content as this year comes to a close, that your stockings are filled, and that the presents you want are under the tree.

Merry Christmas!

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