Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Looking Back, Looking Forward: Happy 2020!

For the first time in many years, we had a quiet New Year's Eve at home.

Our friends didn't have their usual party. That's okay. Schlepping out in potentially dicey weather on slippery sidewalks isn't for us anymore. So we ordered pizza (a new tradition) and had my chocolate pots de creme (our old tradition).

2020 starts a new decade (although there are people who think it starts next year).

Here are some things I accomplished in the past decade.

- sold our house

- moved to a condo and decorated it

- sold a piano after much angst, and got a poem out of the experience

- gave away too many books before moving

- rebought a lot of those books

- turned a closet into a hidden bookcase

- helped Echo live his senior doggy years waggingly in a one-level home before he passed away in 2016

- attended two writing workshops and learned lots

- wrote and self-published a poetry book, which involved hiring a proofreader, choosing a logo, choosing a cover design, learning how to format, and starting a business

- moderated a writers' forum (Verla Kay/SCBWI)

- had nine wonderful healthy years with my husband

- went to Holland with him to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary

- spent one year supporting him through some health challenges

- had a humorous article published in The Toronto Star

- improved my fitness (bought a Fitbit which motivated me to exercise regularly, eat better and lose some weight)

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy New Year!


  1. Barb, a wonderful recap of a decade. And I love your hidden bookcase idea. We also gave away too many books during our move and rebought some, and no matter how much I make use of our local library, the bookshelves doth multiply. A happy, healthful New Year to you and your husband.

    1. Thanks, Vijaya. I gave away a lot of clothes when I moved, too, but am happy to give more space to books than to clothes.

  2. I'm too squeamish to make such a list, though there would be some very good things on it. I have trouble looking back, honestly. Onward, I say :)

    1. I tried to remember the good things that happened because the not-so-good things can easily overshadow the good. Yup, onward!

  3. Happy New Year, Barbara! I haven't been able to wrap my head around the last decade to post my own recap, but I loved yours.

    1. Happy New Year, Katie! I hope your 2020 has lots of writing inspiration and fun.


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