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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.

living biblicallyI 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.

 

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6 Comments

  1. readerbuzz

    Beautiful. Love your choice of word for the year and love the way it resonates for you.

    My favorite part of Year of Living Biblically is when Jacobs sits in the park and tries the Old Testament law to stone adulterers (which, he decides, in his city means everyone). So he throws pebbles at people as they pass. Oh my!

    Suggestions for a novel for this year? Here are two I’m hoping to read soon: Middlemarch and William Boyd’s Any Human Heart. I haven’t read either but both have been highly recommended.

    • I was thinking of re-reading Middlemarch as well! I wonder if we could find an online challenge to read along together (?)

  2. joyweesemoll

    Happy New Year, Molly! Delight is a wonderful Year word. It’s something that you can strive for in almost any given moment, and it will improve both hard times and good times.

  3. Well, I haven’t read it yet, but a modern book that has been getting a lot of attention lately has been The Martian by Andy Weir. I know it’s on my list. It might be worth checking out.

  4. Happy new year, Molly! I love your word for the year – it’s such a lovely word. Your Milestone Memories sound like fun! I just read Bryan’s suggestion of The Martian, and I’d have to second that, if you’re looking for something that’s more of a fun read. I listened to it in audio and found myself laughing out loud, and at times gasping, Oh, no! It was definitely an enjoyable read.

  5. Lovely choice for an intention. Delight!

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