Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Lessons Learned This Year

This year has been a lot of little lessons. I’ve enjoyed a few and I’ve been hit over the head with a couple.

I learned the lesson of making time for me when I went on the cruise trip. It was so peaceful just focusing on me for a change. I’m forever mama, wife, SORMAG editor, government worker. I’d forgotten who LaShaunda is. What are my likes, what are my dislikes?

I reconnected with me and it was great.

I learned the lesson of making time for friends. I missed hanging out with my girls. The road trip to Miami showed me I missed talking with other women. I do a lot of talking online, but it doesn’t beat talking face to face. I truly missed that. I want to make more time for my friends.

I decided to try the critique group again. I was ready to step out and let others read my stories. I’m part of the ACFW so I sent out a feeler to see if anyone would be interested in joining me for a critique group. I got a few feedbacks and had our first official meeting in June and its been going well. I’ve met some nice people who can write and they have been very helpful in helping me improve my writing.

I also decided to try a new genre, young adult fiction. I started a story that has been in my head for a while. I thought my daughter and I would write it together, but I think she chickened out when she realized it takes time and effort to write a book.

It has been a fun adventure coming up with new chapters for the story and I’m enjoying myself as I write.

As I write this post I realize that I have a lot I learned this year, so I’m going to break them into a couple of posts, so you don’t have to run screaming from the blog, because your eyes are tired of reading.

What lessons have you learned this year?

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