3 words, 2 short phrases, those are just a few of the thoughts that come to mind when trying to respond to the Blog Hop Challenge set by my friend at Create With Joy...
"The New Year Blog Hop will be open during the entire month of January for you to share the “One Word” you have chosen to guide you through 2016 as well as the goals, resolutions and priorities you have set for yourself during the New Year!"
If I had to choose one word to describe 2015 it might have been "survival", and that I did and am still doing as the new year begins with me sleeping on the floor (plans to buy a cheap, but good, Futon/Full Bed from Walmart this week are on hold because my work schedule for the 3rd wk of the month is 3 hrs short of my usual 40 and the 4th wk might be as well, so I need to save the money to help be sure I can cover the rent the 1st of Feb.) and late on a couple bills, not to mention months old shoes about to fall apart and needing a belt to keep my pants from sagging to half mast like....well, let's just say that weighing anywhere from 185 to 19o on a regular basis makes things a challenge when wearing 38W/32L pants on what should be a 36 waist, hee, hee!
But, I don't want to repeat myself so living, laughing, loving and enjoying every moment seem like good alternatives.
As does finding ways to set aside money each month in my savings and paying down 2 credit cards and an IRS bill.
Finding new ways to be "creative" and doing more of it is also doable, I think, though I need to find the resources to get a new camera and outfit my bike and myself for properly exploring Houston and Harris County.
In November I wrote a month long series on the idea of "Never Giving Up" and I have no intention of doing so.
Closing the 2nd of my 2 credit cards, and somehow not be late with payments and paying more than the minimum as often as I can, on both, is doable so I can pay the 2 off in 3 years.
I haven't had a vacation since Summer 2013 when I attended Blog Paws for the first time.
Attending the combined Blog Paws/Cat Writers' Association (I'm a Professional Member) Conference in Phoenix, in June, would be nice if I could get 5 days off, but I can't afford the costs of attending.
Doing more creative writing is doable.
Doing Open Mics is doable if I get Wednesdays off.
Submitting poems, stories and articles for publication is doable, I just have to learn how and where. Getting paid for doing so would be nice....
As would being paid to review and promote products as I once had the opportunity to do for Science Diet.
Figuring out how to self publish via my CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing accounts (Both set up in May) is doable.
Saving, editing and organizing a decade of writing from all my blogs? I don't know. I can't even afford to renew my Carbonite account which expired months ago. I have not even been able to hook up my printer to my laptop and see that they can work together (Have never been able to afford going to Staples for assistance).
I've been debating switching to Windows 10 since it's still free to do so, but have been nervous about doing it myself.
Returning to regularly publishing some weekly ideas I had begun on my cat blog, including one Texas themed series, is doable, as would be doing something similar on this blog as I become more familiar with Houston and Harris County.
Continuing to eat healthier and cook more at home is doable. I want to get my weight back down into the 170's for the first time in decades.
Going to church more and getting out and about to situations where I can meet and interact with people and possibly make new friends is doable, especially if doing so is free and on a scheduled day off.
Those and eventually getting a beard trimmer!
I am full of POTENTIALl!
I am overflowing with CREATIVITY!
There is NOTHING in my heart that I CANNOT ACCOMPLISH!
I have something UNIQUE, OPINIONATED, INFORMATIVE and CREATIVE to offer the world!
I am an ORIGINAL!
I believe that good things will happen in my life this year. I have a bright, new future, ahead of me in ways I can't imagine, but I trust that God knows what He's doing to lead me there.
Despite the pain I feel in my shoulders and ankle I believe I will become healthier, stronger and more full of energy and full of life than I have in quite a while.
This is as good a place as any to re-share 2 poems I once wrote, one in 2011 and one in 2012 and a letter to myself in April 2012:
Dear Kiril The Mad Macedonian:
I love you! I love you! I love you!
I have loved you as far back as I can remember, probably going back to when you wrote your first story, and did your first book report and science project, in your 2nd elementary school.
Probably since you gave MLK's "I have a Dream Speech", also in that elementary school.
For the rest....
Whenever I look up at the wall behind my desk and read these pieces it brings a smile to my face and renews my hope for the future.