I am about to embark on a chilly trip up north to Minnesota, to connect with some dear friends, meet my godson for the first time, and enjoy some concentrated family time for the New Year. The weather will hover at 0 degrees while we’re there – “but don’t worry,” says my husband (who will be sticking around the Kansas City area where temps are much more mild), “it’s supposed to be a high of 7 later in the week.” Thanks, dear.
I still have bags to pack, gifts to put into the car, snacks to get ready for the boys. But first I want to pause and say, “Thank you.” Thank you for supporting me this year in my endeavors both as a writer and as a parent. Thank you for inspiring me, for asking questions that get at the heart of writing and communicating, for reading my work and spurring me on.
I am excited to share my new year’s resolution. And I want to hear yours, too. But first, I want to extend a warm invitation. On Jan. 12, I will host a writing workshop, titled, “Creative Nonfiction 101” at The Writer’s Place in Kansas City. Following the workshop, I will join novelist Marchel Denise Alverson, in a public reading. Alverson is the author of Kissed by Madness, a fictional account of domestic violence. I will read an essay from my book, Tough Love: A Wyoming Childhood. The workshop begins at noon, with the reading at 2 p.m. If you live in the Kansas City area and know of anyone who might be interested in either or both events, please spread the word.
And now, resolutions. My resolution for 2014, my one and only resolution, is to do less, not more. To have more the attitude of nature, which never hurries yet still accomplishes all it was made to do. To be still more often and live in continual thankfulness.
How about you? I am giving away three prizes to my three favorites. Share your New Year’s resolution in the comments below for a chance to win a line-a-day journal, a Starbucks or iTunes gift card (your choice), or a bottle of Kansas City’s BEST barbecue sauce.
Cheers to an awesome 2014!
P.S. – Check out the new Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game for my essay, “Message in a Bottle. A second essay, “Due Dates,” is forthcoming in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Multitasking Moms, scheduled for publication in March 2014.