Hello 2018

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One of the best things about a Chinese dinner is the fortune cookie. Allan and I traditionally get Chinese take-out on New Year’s Eve, and this year I had to smile when I read my fortune: Choosing what you want to do, and when to do it, is an act of creation. I smiled because “create” was my OLW for 2017, and it was the last night of 2017. As I reflected on my year, I realized that I accomplished some of the things I had planned to do based on that word. I wanted to make sure that “create” found its way into many areas of my life. I continued to try to create a passion for writing with teachers, and I took many new steps that will help lead me to creating stories for children. I created new friendships, new understandings, and tried a few new creative projects at home. It was probably one of the most successful OLWs I’ve chosen over the past few years. Things got done, but I also said no to things I didn’t really want to do, giving me more time to create space for the things I really wanted to do. Which brings me to 2018 and my OLW (drum roll, please):


Keep going. Keep moving. Keep creating energy. There is still so much for me to learn in the world of picture book writing, but I’ve jumped in, so I need to keep forging ahead. It is easy to let self-doubt and fear hold me back, but I’m determined to keep the momentum going.  Momentum is defined as “the strength or force that allows something to continue or to grow stronger or faster as time passes.” In 2018 I hope that my writing, my relationships with friends and family, and my understanding of the world continue to grow stronger. Hello 2018.


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11 Responses to Hello 2018

  1. I chose create for this year — I love “create space.” I did not think of that idea. Feels so right that I am carrying on with your word this year. Congrats on your grandbaby as well. So much to celebrate in 2018!

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  2. aileenhower says:

    You did an amazing job of creating (ideas, friendships, inspiration), being creative, and I know that you will continue to do so with a powerful momentum in the coming year – happy 2018!

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  3. franmcveigh says:

    Love how “create” has transitioned into momentum for you!!! Hope 2018 EXCEEDS your expectations!

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  4. Lisa Corbett says:

    It always freaks me out a bit when those fortunes seem to be true! Good luck with “momentum”!

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  5. arjeha says:

    It definitely makes sense that one word led to the other. Creating in an ongoing process and momentum is needed to keep it moving forward. Good luck, Rose.

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  6. I hope you have at least half the fun this year with “momentum” as you did with “create.” Sounds like last year’s choice was a perfect fit for you. Or do we adapt ourselves to our chosen words to some extent? I know that whenever I thought of my OLW for 2017, “Cruzin'”, it brought a smile to my face and a reminder to “take it easy.”

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  7. That’s a great word to carry you through the year to come. I have no doubt that Alex will keep you moving and keep you going — on the personal side of this word — in the year to come.

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  8. Great word choice, Rose! It sounds as if it applies well to what you want to do and where you want to go! Best of luck as you greet 2018!

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  9. Christine says:

    Momentum is such a great one little word for you. I could feel the energy and your momentum in your post.

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