Sunday Salon: January 4, 2015
I took an unintentional blog break over the holidays, and while it is easy for me to feel guilty for not maintaining this writing routine, I will instead give myself grace and embrace this new year with new resolve to be more intentional about life.
Reading: I managed to achieve my 2014 reading goal of completing 52 books, and have decided to set that goal again for this year.
In reviewing my Goodreads list, however, I notice that it is severely lacking in novels and way too heavy in non-fiction books related to writing, self-improvement, and spiritual matters. It is my goal to maintain a more balanced reading life in 2015.
I am currently reading The Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs, and I must confess it is not exactly what I expected, but it is a satisfactory read. His sense of humor coupled with his academic investigation makes what could be a dry subject rather enjoyable.
Ultimately I have learned that it is exhausting (not to mention impossible) to maintain the hundreds of laws found in the Old Testament. This in turn has led me to a greater appreciation for the Redemptive love of Christ who came to earth so we no longer have to struggle to follow all those rules.
I am currently searching for my first novel of the year to read. While there are many classics that are vying for my attention, I think I should start this new practice with something modern and perhaps a bit easier to escape into the fiction world. Do you have any possible suggestions?
Writing: I have intentionally scaled back my writing endeavors. The NaNoWriMo novel, First Impressionism, is on the back burner for now. Perhaps this summer during Camp NaNo I will be ready to revise.
Investigating possible publishing avenues has also taken a backseat for now. I continue to struggle finding a subject of interest and as a result, all writing efforts seem forced, as if I am playing pretend. I am certain I will return to writing with a renewed passion, but for now, I am going to focus my efforts on Milestone Memoir.
I currently have all the pictures printed (about 50) and story ideas outlined (about 35) for my first Milestone Memoir album. I have a total of five album projects waiting in the wings, and I am anxious to get started.
I have scheduled my first Creative Memories crop for this Friday and have eight ladies coming to my house to scrapbook. I am thrilled! My last official crop was June 2007, and I feel as though I am returning home after an extended journey. It is my hope to offer one crop a month to give others an opportunity to work on their albums as I continue to work on mine.
Blogging: I thoroughly enjoyed working on the 31 Days of Christmas Joy, even though it resulted in only fourteen posts. One of my New Year’s goals is to practice photography more – and with that practice I hope to share more posts on that blog.
I will also return to regular Wednesday posts here, talking mostly about writing and scrapbooking, but perhaps throwing in a few book reviews and other personal interests. Sunday Salon posts are my staple, as I always look forward to connecting with other readers and sharing our week’s successes and struggles.
I have two trips planned the first quarter of 2015 and with that, I hope to resurrect my travel blog once again. I still harbor dreams of creating several Milestone Memoirs centered on my travels around the country and around the world… and I hope to begin working towards making that dream a reality this year.
Word of the Year: DELIGHT
As I shared a couple of weeks ago, I love the layered meaning of this word. I love how DELIGHT means extreme joy – and I have wanted to focus on finding joy in the moment for several years now.
I love how “light” can refer to weightlessness – learning to let go of things that hold me down and adopting a more carefree lifestyle. I need to balance my need for productivity with a need for play – doing what I enjoy doing simply because it brings me pleasure.
And I love that the word brings to mind the metaphor that Jesus is the Light of the world. By focusing on my word of the year, I am also focusing on my savior.
The scripture verse for this year is found in Psalms 37:4
Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.
I am looking forward to a fantastic 2015 – and I wish the same for all of you.