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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 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 to rethink everything:

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