The Morning After

I know – I wasn’t going to blog this week, but I like blogging. And I don’t really want to let my serial novels hang mid-story for another week…so while normal, non-fic blogging will be spotty, the serial novels will still go on, they just might be posted at odd times as I get to them. Writing is like breathing to me, so it’s not like I wouldn’t be writing anyways…no point in not sharing while I’m at it. On the 31st, I’ll be posting a “year in review”, and on January 1, my resolutions for 2012.

In any case, the house is very still at the moment, save my aquarium bubbling (it needs to be topped off). My husband is still in bed, and I’ve been drinking tea and perusing after Christmas blog posts, fascinated at the different perspectives and topics that the people I either know or know of have chosen for this morning.

The posts that speak to me most this time of year are from people in a similar place to myself as we start the slide into a new year. Reflective posts from people examining the past year, and thinking about what it might mean for the one ahead. Two such posts really stood out for me this morning – I encourage you to read them:

Wishes & Dreams by Regan Leigh
Disconnecting with the World/Reconnecting with Myself by Lisa Stull

I’m not going to comment just yet on either…sometimes I really need to just think about things like this, not what my reply will be, but rather just how it applies to me in my own life. Sometimes it’s good to just be still and take it all in.

This week is always a very thoughtful one for me. I know that for some people, the turning over of the calendar isn’t all that big of a deal, it’s just a continuation of what came before. For me, it’s time to take stock, to see where I wanted to go last year, and how that has or needs to change and evolve for the next year. It’s a time to celebrate successes, and examine failures. It’s a time to set new goals and take up new challenges, to push myself and change direction if necessary.

It’s a time of renewed focus.

Now it’s time to go wake my husband and start cleaning up the house – this week is also a time when I try to make sure Christmas and any other holiday (*ahem*) that is still out gets put away before January 1, so we can start the new year with a clean, blank slate for our environment as well. 

Wishing you a quiet and thoughtful week…