It Amazes Me How Much Can Happen in a Year

As 2018 comes to a close I have been reflecting on all that has happened this year. This more than any other year has been one of dramatic personal change and growth in all areas of my life. It has been absolute proof that real change is not only possible, but completely within our control.

Physical Fitness: This year I lost over 40 pounds, took up running (I can now run between 4-5 miles), and have been practicing yoga. Now that the cooler weather is here I will put away my paddle board (I’ll miss you!) and get back out on my bike. The key for next year will be maintaining what I’ve achieved.

Writing: As my loyal followers know I self-published my first book (click the image below to find it on Amazon) this spring. I set an ambitious goal and I published ahead of schedule. I’ve been working on my novel that was conceived through the Word of the Day, although much to my chagrin I am months behind where I had hoped to be by now. That being said, what I’m writing now is so much better than what I was writing just a few months ago the extra effort will be well worth it. Look for it to be available in 2019!

Travel: My kids have been asking to travel more and in 2018 I made this happen for them. We took an amazing trip to Georgia with their friends, a trip that will be one of those lifelong childhood memories for them. I took them to Washington DC which was someplace they had wanted to see. Although they didn’t particularly enjoy the city there were a lot of first for them on that trip, including their first train ride which they loved. We also vacationed in the mountains in NH and hit many of the tourist destinations those who live in NH often forget about. As much as I love being with my kids, I take time for me as well and traveled without my kids: hiking on the Appalachian trail, camping outside of Savannah and Charleston. Where will we go next?

Emotionally I’m stronger than I’ve ever been, even though I’ve had a few tough hits this year, including the recent passing of my mother. Financially I’ve recovered from the purchase of the rental property last year. And I’m once again on a writing retreat at my friend’s beach condo in the hope of getting back on track with my novel…something I seem to be avoiding even now.

I would like to be more involved with WordPress once I figure out a new purpose for this blog. In the meantime, I will be working with my sister on her blog Accessible ABA, in some capacity. And I will continue to work on my novel.

What will 2019 bring?

This post is in response to the daily writing prompt Chagrin.

36 thoughts on “It Amazes Me How Much Can Happen in a Year”

  1. I can only run for about 2-3 miles. I used to have endurance and have to build up speed. Now, I have speed but have to build up endurance for longevity. Getting old ain’t fun…

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  2. Congratulations, My Dear!! Wow!! such an impressive year for you!! Hoping 2019 will be even better!! You really are an inspiration to so very many of us! Kudos on your health changes!

    Perhaps, this little quote I love will be a twice daily “Nudge, Prod or Spark” for you. Tape it to your bathroom mirror and read it out loud to yourself at least twice a day – “What have you done today, to make your dreams come true??”. This might help you get that novel back on your time line?? Ha!

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      1. If you do, you may need or find more time for writing!! Ha! I am so very, very happy for you, My Dear! I remember some of your posts from when you first started and I’m so glad your path has led you to where you are today – a much better place!! I have no doubt at all that 2019 and future years will bring you even more joy, happiness and more great accomplishments!!

        Let me know how that little quote works for you??? I hope it will provide just what you need!!


  3. Congratulations Dee on a productive year. It’s a wonderful feeling when we clear the weeds and allow ourselves to grow. Wishing you all the best in 2019 and hope to see more of you here. 🙂💕


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