Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

I've been thinking about this post for awhile.  Thinking about how I did a horrible job on my 2016 list of goals (which is always a rough blog post to go back and look at), and a horrible job of forcing myself to slow down and enjoy the year, day by day.  I kind of feel like it was a year that I let slip through my fingers.  It was a year of the occasional frustrations and the heartbreak of goodbyes.

But I don't want to focus on that, because that is sad and melancholy.  Instead I want to focus on the fact that, at the end of the day, it was a very good year filled with amazing friends and family (and books).

2016 brought Roy Hobbs into our lives and the anticipation of another little Ellis in March 2017 (Auntie Em can't wait to meet you, Cooper!)

It was a year of visiting places that live happily in my imagination


And using my imagination in a weird, yet fulfilling, way


And finally, it was a year of author visits and book awesomeness (cause this here blog is basically a book blog :) )

It was a really good year.  But here's to 2017 with new opportunities at work, new dreams and plans, and a renewed focus on making myself a priority in my own life, living each day feeling thankful for all the blessings that God has given me.  Here's to holding on to the year and not letting it slip away.

Happy New Year, dear readers.  Thanks for sticking around and being a part of this crazy blogging enterprise I'm surprised is still happening.

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