With the other side of the world already celebrating the new year, I’ve decided to do a year in review post. I should have done this first instead of the Looking Forward post, but I’ve never been one to be predictable.
Anyway, I didn’t get to do much this year, publishing-wise. I published two books (One More Wish and All of You) and participated in two charity anthologies. Seeds of Love raised over $8600 for United Health Ukraine, and Hot Boy Summer raised over $1500 for CASA.
There were a few mishaps along the way, the worse being my uploading the draft of the first six chapters of All of You, but I’m grateful that many of you were understanding and kind about it. If you haven’t received the revised version yet, do message me, and I’ll send you a copy.
This was the year I had to let go of the load I’d been carrying for the last four years. For the first time, I sought help and joined a support group for those grieving from suicide loss. I also signed up for a business coaching class which ironically was the catalyst that led me to the support group after the coach suggested I deal with that first instead of burying myself in writing my books, even though my characters had stopped talking to me three years earlier.
It meant going back to basics. It was a humbling experience, but I did it. And I’m still doing it. It’s meant letting go of things that aren’t working anymore, not letting comparison to other authors steal my joy, and most of all, being kind to myself.
This year, I faced the challenge of a condition called trigger finger. It’s when the tendons in your hand shorten, causing a finger or two to get stuck when you’re gripping something, and they’ll straighten either by snapping back (painfully), or you gently straighten it with your other hand. At the beginning of the year, it affected my left hand, and I remember thinking, thank goodness it’s my left and not my handwriting hand.
Well, the universe must have heard me because my left hand got better, and for the past four months, I’ve been experiencing trigger finger symptoms and inflamed tendons at the base of the fingers in my right hand. It’s made handwriting difficult, and for someone who filled notebooks with her ideas, it sucks. But I’m exercising and stretching my hands regularly, and I also use a product called E-tomic Balm (it has arnica and essential oils) by Goodies Unlimited which helps when the pain is pronounced. Thankfully, typing hasn’t been too bad, especially after I finally gave in and replaced my old Logitech keyboard (where you have to hit the keys a lot harder) with a new Apple magic keyboard. I do have to take more breaks when the hand starts hurting and I’m working on getting used to dictating.
There have been other accomplishments and developments on the personal front, but I won’t bore you with that. I’m happy and grateful my family is well and healthy, and I’m looking forward to 2023 filled with good health, success, and long-lasting friendships both online and off.
What about you? What are you looking forward to in 2023?