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2019's Word(s) of the Year: Live Deliberately

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 get the idea. There's a lot of risks ahead to embrace.

Then the Universe sent me a bunch of messages that caused me to rethink everything:

I received a Christmas card from my friend Shelagh, and enclosed were some faux tattoos containing phrases from Henry David Thoreau</