Sweet 2016

When was the last time you did something for the first time?
— Sally Edwards

The last time I did something for the first time was July 12, 2015. That is the day lifeisaprettyword.com went public. It's been a big ole scary year for me between wrestling my writing demons and not earning a dime. Thankfully, the rewards go well beyond what I imagined were possible. My "work" has been received well, cathartic, and I've experienced more than one breakthrough in how life continues after a loss.

It is almost the new year. Sweet Sixteen some folks have named it. This week we traditionally set goals, make resolutions, and plan how we'll do something new or different next year. 

Looking forward, I've set my goals by spelling out sixteen. Try it. You may be surprised at what comes up.

S is for spending fun time.
I is for investing in lifelong learning.
X is for x-ray visioning my way forward.
T is for time in nature.
E is for everyday gratitude.
E is for erring on the side of love.
N is for nodding yes often. 

I want to thank you for your support by being a subscriber, by engaging with me, by commenting on the website, and for sharing my messages. Your interactions make ALL the difference. 

My wish for you is that 2016 brings all that you long for and sweetness in at least sixteen different ways.

blog post image, lifeisaprettyword.com

What will you do for the first time in 2016? Are you a goal setter or do you prefer to let life happen organically? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. 



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Monica Sword

Monica Sword is an aspiring author and artist living a deeply heartfelt life. Following the early death of three family members, including her daughter, she struggled to balance home and work life. Once she discovered how to apply her conscientious and high-achieving personality to honor her passions, be mindful of her emotional reactions and focus on self-care, she developed a creative mindset that produces her most meaningful life work. On her website, lifeisaprettyword.com, Monica inspires and encourages others to honor their heart and soul in mindful ways.