I feel like I've spent the last week and a half of 2007 either sitting in the car, eating/visiting, or doing laundry. Somewhere in there, I cleaned out the barn, heaved hay, carried water buckets and brushed a couple of dirty little horses. I liked that part.
It's been good, folks. Seriously. I got a lot done this year.
Of course, I still haven't mailed out my Christmas letter...
But let me focus on what I have done this year.
I rewrote my novel twice, put it away, did an edit, did a read, edited again, let some people proofread it, edited it again, and again, and again. And I think I'll start off 2008 with another little edit. I think my book is very, very good. I think I can make it even better.
I learned the joy of a personalized rejection letter. It's much better than a form letter. It's good to know that somebody actually read my query letter.
I passed two Rider Level tests.
My new horse looks at me differently now- like he's glad to see me, instead of questioning who the heck I am and what I'm doing. I think he likes me now.
I did not reach all my goals this past year. I am not a qualified riding instructor yet, and I also haven't landed an agent yet. However, I put all the steps in place. The biggest thing I've learned in 2007 is that a goal can't be reached all at once. There's a process. Every goal is made up of a series of smaller goals.
I've had my ups and downs, but I do feel that I get a little stronger all the time. A setback is just a setback- it is NOT the end. This is so hard to keep in mind when there's a nagging depression pulling at you. I haven't popped a panic pill in months. I've had a few bad chest pains but it all passed. It does.
I've decided to live- really live, not just keep breathing out of habit and necessity.
Goals for 2008? Continue. I have a feeling this will be a huge year. If it keeps going like it's starting out, there will be changes. My husband's work situation is heading in a scary-but-exciting direction. Stuff is happening for me, even if it feels slow. You know what? We never know what will be next. Bad things can happen. Good things can happen.
All I know is, I'm home, I have a new book to read, a book to work on, music to listen to, and kids to hang with. I'm lucky that way.
I'm working on a Best of 2007 for my other blog but of course it's not done yet, because I have to do more laundry.
(Come back on Friday for a special occasion involving my Ol Man!)