Friday, January 16, 2015

Yoga, Hiking, and Beautiful Calamities

Hello! I hope everyone's had a lovely first couple weeks of 2015. As part of kicking off the new year I decided I want to get back to blogging on a more regular basis. I miss all the good stuff and connecting and awesomeness with my blog friends! I'm entering into my fifth year of blogging, though, so this isn't even close to my first rodeo. I learned a long time ago that posting multiple times a week just wasn't something I could handle, nor was visiting a bajillion blogs of other writers. I also felt like there weren't a whole lot of fresh writing-themed topics I could come up with. So, I'm doing a revamp. I'll probably post every couple weeks (I'm on Twitter more frequently if you want to chat more). I'm going to prioritize visiting the blogs of those people I've really connected with over the years (though I love making new friends and I will always pop over and say hi to any newbies). And I'm going to go back to old school blogging form, which is really that of an online journal. I may talk about writing. But I may also talk about yoga, horses, food, and other stuff happening in my life.

So! Since my last post, I've had some fun stuff going on. First, I started a 30-day yoga challenge via Yoga with Adriene, my fave YouTube yoga coach. I don't really make a lot of New Year's resolutions because I'm a pretty goal-oriented person throughout the year. So this wasn't really a resolution so much as something that seemed an awesome way to start the year. And honestly I didn't think I'd really do it every day. But I have! I've done yoga every day for over two weeks now! It's usually just 10-30 minutes, and my body feels so nice and relaxed.

I also had a nice hike at a local park that recently created the Sky Bridge, a tall wooden walkway suspended amongst live oaks with a lovely view of a huge lake.

My son looking waaayyyy down. 

And last but not least, I wrote a fun short story around 2k words or so about four ancient beings who get together at a Parisian cafe to plan global calamities... but they're not who you think they are :) They just like to savor some delicious chaos.

How about you? What have you been up to? Whatever it is, I hope it's awesome!

P.S. Today is Appreciate a Dragon Day. Just thought you should know :)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Welcome 2015!

In this final hour of the first day of 2015, I'm sitting down to write my usual annual recap and goals for 2015. Last year was a year of intense personal transition for me - a divorce, move, finding a new balance in life. While it may seem weird to say it, 2014 was great. I moved into my new place on March 1st and have been on a path of rediscovering my happiness. I've established a home that is more ME than I've ever had before. I've been training regularly with my horse and got on his back for the first time about a week ago (he's never been ridden). I've gotten much better about exercising regularly, and have a ladies walking night every Monday, plus I've improved greatly in my yoga and Pilates. I also have a wonderful new boyfriend that makes me very happy and is an awesome human being. It was a good year.

For 2015, I see more transition, but in the realm of career. This year I will publish one of my books (or have a scheduled pub date). I am querying now and have had significant agent interest, but if that doesn't pan out I will pursue small and medium presses until I find the right fit. I'm determined to get my foot in the door one way or the other. So far, I had a lovely first day of the year. I did yoga, went and trained with my horse, had a lovely time with my son, boyfriend and family, and finished up with some writing on a short story I'm having a ton of fun with. A nice, balanced day to kick off the year.
Hopefully in 2015 I will also get back on a regular blogging schedule - I only posted six times last year.

What does 2015 hold for you? What are your highlights from 2014? Whatever your dreams and desires, raise your glass to a Fearless '15!