Every December, I choose a word or short phrase to focus on for the following year. It helps me guide my decisions and goals. I got the idea from author Jo Knowles back in our LiveJournal blogging days, and although my blogging has been spotty, my commitment to my guiding word lasts all year long. For 2020, my word was "Abundance." Like many of us, I had grand visions for this year: writing All The Things, starting new projects, focusing on time with family and friends, etc.
This was not my intended motto for this year. When I started thinking about what I wanted to focus on in 2019, the words that came to mind were "Risk It." I have big plans this year: I'm on sabbatical from my day job until June, I'm teaching at an international writing conference in Mexico in February, I'm trying some very different things with my writing...you get the idea. There's a lot of risks ahead to embrace. Then the Universe sent me a bunch of messages that caused me