OK. Here I am. I'm back. People have been e-mailing me privately, asking when The Eclectic Writer will be back. Here she is just in time to ring in 2011.
The last year has been, well, challenging in many ways. A death in the family, the unfamiliar trustee duties that followed, and a big health issue meant many months during the past year were spent in"autopilot." That is, the simple goal was to get up, get through a day, and back to sleep at night. I often described life as turning a corner and having a big mac truck careening straight at me and running me over. Not a pretty image, is it?
But I also learned a lot about myself in the process. I learned that when you know what's most important to you, somehow you get through. Despite the obstacles, I got my oldest child successfully graduated from elementary school and off to a fantastic start in middle school. I got my second born transitioned into 4th grade and he's loving it. I published my first book - a HUGE goal - and wore the editor hat for several publications. We saw the Harry Potter exhibit in Boston; got to the San Gennaro festival in Little Italy; visited Salem, Massachusetts during the Halloween festivities; camped in the Vermont mountains and swam in the water holes; and met "stars" and celebrities at a NYC gala.
I learned a lot, struggled a lot, lost faith for a while - but what's amazing is that despite the obstacles I've landed right where I've been heading all along. If anything, I'm farther ahead toward meeting my life goals than I was at this time last year. I now understand you can't get to your destination without the journey; and sometimes the journey can get darn rocky. Like the great epic journey of Homer. Had he not faced perilous dangers he could not get home again.
My friend, Aaliyah Miller, wrote something wonderful on her blog In the Mix about her simple goal for 2011 - writing to write. Funny because my journey has taken me to the same place. Instead of grandiose goals, this year I'm treating myself to the simple goal of healing and stability. What comes of it I have a feeling will land me just where I need to be be. With faith making its way back in I'm putting trust in destiny - and that my vision, hard work, and belief in myself will make this year a smoother trip. Of course there may be some bumps along the way; but no mac trucks along this highway.