Project Thankful: Reason #33

Today is New Year’s Eve which is a perfect time to reflect back on 2013.  It would be easy for me to review 2013 from the lens of what I did not accomplish, the resolutions that were not resolved, and those things that were not completed in 2013 that I need to then carry over with me into 2014.  The 2013 “leftovers” so to speak have been packed into suitcases and will be ready for pick up at baggage claim in 2014.

The thing is though, I want 2014 to truly be a New Year for me.  I’m not going to be starting a new chapter in the story of my life; I’m going to be starting an entirely new section.  So when midnight tolls and it’s officially January 1st, 2014, it will the mark the official first day of the New Year, my New Year, and the new part of my life.

Project Thankful: Reason #32

I am thankful for the realization that I need to start driving more into Boston rather than relying on the train.  This mainly applies to when I have a doctor’s appointment.  Because the two hour train commute into Boston plus the train commute home plus walking to and from the train stops, all while listening to the lovely sounds and conversation people make and have while on the train (why, hello sickly woman who is coughing into her hand and sniffling her nose who is not even five feet away from me…or, thank you, sir, for my ride home being enriched by your conversation about the gender politics of booty calls)…that cemented that I will be driving next time.

Project Thankful: Reason #31

Twice a year my cousins who live in Florida come up to visit.  After Christmas is one of those times.  I love seeing my cousins for many reasons, mostly because they are awesome and generous and thoughtful.  I am also thankful for their visits because my cousins force me to be social.  Not in a “Get your butt over here now or else we’re coming over to your house to drag you out to do stuff!” sort of force; rather, a “Hey, we’re thinking about going to the movies.  Would you be interested?”  Mentally, I think “I love movies!  But I don’t go to movies that much because movies require effort and eat up a lot of the day plus there is the cost factor and just thinking over this monologue of why I don’t do something I really like makes me depressed…but since my cousins invited me I’ll go (and be really happy we have similar taste in movies).”

Project Thankful: Reason #30

Holy smokes, this is the 30th Project Thankful post!  Now I really feel the pressure to write about something meaningful.  Because some days the thing that comes to mind when I think about what I am thankful for that day is something seemingly small, such as chocolate when I have had a really trying day.  Other days I am thankful for something that feels so profound, I have an “I am one with The Universe” moment.

Since 30 is kind of a big deal, I figure it should be about something truly meaningful.  Or rather, someone. 

I am thankful for my parents for many reasons, more reasons than one blog could conceivably contain.  I am especially thankful for my mom for pushing me academically.  Growing up, meeting the bar was not enough.  My mom would not just encourage me to go above the metaphorical bar, but to take it and set it higher than what others would have it set at.  “Go the extra mile,” and “Go the distance” were phrases I would often hear, usually with me wondering why I couldn’t just be done already. Now that I am older though, I appreciate her pushing me.  Without her pushing me as much as she did, I would not be as ambitious or as determined as I am.  She raised a dreamer willing to execute her goals to make those dreams a reality.

Project Thankful: Reason #29

I am thankful for Christmas leftovers.  Because as someone who does a lot of the cooking around my house and a lot of the grocery shopping, I am thankful I do not have to worry about cooking or grocery shopping for a few days.

Why I’m Good Without Twitter

Despite the title of this blog post, I do in fact have Twitter.  Two Twitter accounts to be more exact.  I rarely log onto Twitter, however, and when I do my total time spent on the site is less than five minutes.

One of the pieces of advice the online world (aka Google search) gave to me when I was getting ready to publish my e-books was to expand my social media presence, including creating a Twitter account where I should tweet several times a day.  At first, I tried the Twitter thing.  I followed people and some people followed me as well.  I would tweet to promote my books with the occasional tweet about my day thrown in there as well.

What I’ve found is that I’m good without Twitter.  Yes, it’s a way to promote my books, and I did use it as such.  After a while though, my tweets felt to me like flashy, stiff billboard advertisements or infomercials.  And that’s not how I want to feel about anything I write, be it a tweet or a Facebook status.

I’m more of a blogger than a tweeter when it comes to social media.  For me, blogging is a better way for people to get to know me and to get to know my books if they are interested.  It also helps that I’m not confined to 140 characters when I blog.  More room for writing.

Project Thankful: Reason #28

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (or December 25th) spent with the ones you care about and love.  Today is December 26th which means Christmas is over for this year.

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Even the holly outside of my house looks sad.

I’ll be honest, the day after Christmas kind of depresses me.  Christmas is not only my favorite holiday; to me, the buildup to Christmas is exciting as well with all of the movies, music, and decorations.  When the day after Christmas rolls around, it feels like a giant, brightly colored balloon is starting to deflate.

As I was staring at the clock this morning, deciding how best to tackle organizing the house post-Christmas, I began thinking about what comes after Christmas.  New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and more.  In other words, there is always something to look forward to and to celebrate, both holiday and non-holiday.