I’m Back and Wishing You and Me a Happy New Year

I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am to start a new year. If you’re subscribed to this blog or follow me on Facebook or other social media, you may have noticed I disappeared about five weeks ago. Though I hadn’t planned such a break, it came as a relief. Let’s just say 2013 was not my most successful year and I’d had enough of it.


Please, accept my apology if I missed saying Congratulations or Happy Birthday on Facebook. And I’m sorry I wasn’t around to wish you a Merry Christmas. Today, I’m still under the influence of a beastly cold, but otherwise I’m mostly re-energized. And, since I also took a five-week break from writing, I’m anxious to get back to work, and I entered the WFWA Write-A-Thin Challenge to give me a boost.

What did I do while I wasn’t writing or blogging or socializing on Facebook? I read, of course. During the second week of December, I read two novels and a short story collection! Maybe that’s no big deal to you, but I think the last time I read books that quickly I was in third grade. I’d forgotten how fast the pages add up when you have few distractions. In all, I read five books, abandoned a couple of others after a chapter or two, and then started the one I’m still reading.

Then it was time to put normal life aside to prepare for family Christmas visits. Our out-of-state sons, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren came to town. We had our usual Christmas Eve Syrian feast and though one granddaughter came late due to work, as you can see from the image above, she made it into our annual family photo by magic. (Otherwise known as Photoshop.) We had a lovely holiday. I’m blessed to have such a wonderful family.

I have many hopes for this year, but my main goal is to achieve and maintain a healthy balance in my life. What’s your main goal for 2014?

12 thoughts on “I’m Back and Wishing You and Me a Happy New Year

  1. Happy New Year Linda! Happy to “see” you again. I hope 2014 makes up for all the frustrations of 2013. I think we all needed some re-energizing! My goal for this year is an echo of yours…to find a balance between want to’s, ought to’s, and the unexpected curveballs that life always seems to throw.


  2. So very wonderful to see you back Linda. What a lovely family you have. All the best for 2014! It is always good to see the old year out and the new year in. A healthy balance is a good thing.


  3. Hi, Linda. Glad to hear you are energized after having taken a break. I hope you get over your cold soon. My wife is currently fighting one as well. 😦
    I hope to begin selling a few books in 2014. We’ll see. We all hope that, of course, but I have a store in town that looks like it will be carrying by books. I should be announcing something soon. My hours look to be changing at work – finally – but I’m still holding my breath on that one!
    I am busy writing my fourth book, so I haven’t been doing any blogging. I have been meaning to drop by a few of my pals to say hello, so I’m glad to see your post. Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year. No matter what happens in 2014 we know where to find each other, right?



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