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.