I'm always surprised by how much of the list I achieve without even realizing it. I'm very much an 'out of sight, out of mind' type of person, which is why I make lists in the first place. Every year, I approach that list with anxiety, certain that I'm the biggest loser ever, and yet, I'm always astonished at how much I've managed to achieve. And if it isn't something I've achieved, I've usually at least made progress on it, or it isn't something that matters anymore. Life is funny like that.
Whenever I'm upset, I try to force myself to think of where I will be five years down the road, and whether whatever is bothering me will matter then. In April, I will have been working on The Mage Sister website for five years. When I started I was ultra enthusiastic, and had no idea where it was going to go. Since then, I've met lots of really nice people, lots of people struggling to realize their dreams, too. I've learned a lot... enough to know that there is so much more to learn. Had a book published, and working on publishing another. A lot sure has changed in five years.
This year, I think, will be a year of trying new things, learning new things, and letting go of old things and old ideas. We'll see where it leads, but I approach this year simply with hope, and with the determination to work hard and to be what I started out to be, regardless of the outcome.
So to my writer friends and reader friends out there, Happy New Year. May 2016 be the year we all want it to be!