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Happy New Year!

Updated: May 2, 2022

Because what better day is there to start a new blog?

Happy New Year, world!

Wow. What a year 2021 was, eh? To quote Monty Python...

Plague aside, though, his year has been quite the whirlwind for me. Exactly a year ago today, I made a New Year's resolution to have a go at publishing the book I'd been writing, never really expecting to actually go through with it.

Fast forward one year, and here I am with a three-book traditional publishing deal, a new career as an ACTUAL PUBLISHED AUTHOR, and three books coming out worldwide this year with my name on the covers. I still can't quite get my head around it.

Add that to the new dog, new baby and amazing new friends who came crashing into my life this year, and I must admit, it's all been pretty incredible. Not always easy (health-wise it's been a shocker, but even still not nearly as bad as it might've been), but never dull. I'm still pinching myself at how lucky I am, and 2022 is going to be an absolute cracker- I just know it.

So here goes... my list of things I'm aiming to achieve in 2022.

Book-related resolutions:

  • Make more time for reading.

  • Try to review every book I read- especially now I know how much it means to writers.

  • Learn to use social media properly, not just for book-related things but also for keeping in touch with people.

  • Learn to edit videos, for fun as much as for book-related things.

  • Join an online book club and meet more people who have similar interests to me.

  • Try to read more outside my normal genres.

  • Keep on top of this blog- maybe one post per week?

Non book-related resolutions:

  • Make more time to do things I find therapeutic, such as crocheting toys for my children (yes, I am 32 going on 93).

  • Teach Charlie sign language.

  • Help Isabelle to make more friends and start new activities.

  • Start scentwork and agility classes with Zorro.

  • Not let my own anxiety or mobility issues get in the way of doing all of the above.

Personal resolutions:

  • Be more organised.

  • Stop stressing about things I cannot control.

  • Learn to accept help when I need it and stop seeing it as a weakness.

  • Focus on the positives.

  • Spend more time on the people who matter, and worry less about what others think.

  • Don't let the pain of the past hold me back from the excitement of the present or future.

That's a lot of resolutions! All of them achievable if I put my mind to it. It's going to be a busy year... wish me luck!

Do you have any New Years' Resolutions you want to share with me? Tell me in the comments below!

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