Happy last Friday of 2016, everyone! I’m in Springfield, Mo., for a few days visiting my family. Not sure yet what, if anything, special I’ll do for NYE. To be honest, this year I’d be perfectly content staying in, watching Anderson Cooper and what’s her face, and going to bed early. But maybe I’ll go out for a nice dinner before that, who knows. What are your plans?
Do you have any resolutions this year? My big one is to be more involved in activism pursuits and to seek out and participate in activities that increase social justice and make the world, or at least the part I live in, more like what I want it to look like. My other big one is to manage my health a little better than I have been. I’ve been putting off seeing doctors about various issues, prioritizing my kids’ health (which, of course is important!) and sort of neglecting my own. Anxiety played a big role in my life this year and its effects are noticeable, so I plan to get a handle on that this year, and I have a few concrete steps already in place and some others I hope to implement soon. I can’t control what life throws at me, but I can control how I react to things that are stressful or scary, and that is what I want to focus on in this coming year.
My wish for us all in 2017 is for more laughter, more dancing, more cake, and more reason to hope than 2016 gave us. Happy New Year, everyone! Most of all, may 2017 bring more progress.