The second is one I have been doing for even longer, and that is to pick a word or phrase as a theme for my coming year. I love this process and am often surprised in the end by what that word or phrase ends up being. It sets the tone and direction for my work and for the dreams I have in my sights. The word isn’t chosen by carefully thinking it on it. Instead, over the month of December, I let random words bubble up for consideration until one just feels right.
I honestly had a different word in mind for 2023 that had landed solidly in my lap. However, as I thought on it, I felt the word was limiting. It only spoke to my writing craft and not to my life on a larger scale. I had to let the pot of soup simmer for awhile longer. In the end, a new word that arose encompassed my life on a wider basis while still addressing my work. That word was "wings."
Time was needed. There were still lessons I needed to learn and new habits I needed to create that would support me as a writer. 2022 was finally the year I could feel it all coming together. While I didn't get a new book officially published, I wrote...and wrote...and wrote. I established a strong work habit. I committed to showing up.
Unless I was on holiday or had company, I sat at my computer every day and practiced my craft. I explored writing poetry, posted blogs at least three days a week, took writing classes, joined writing groups, wrote a chapter for a collaborative book, and even dipped my toes into writing fiction. The body of work that came out of this effort is impressive. My writing matured and my confidence increased. In 2022 I laid a strong foundation I can now build on in 2023.
Now on January 1st I am ready to move from building a foundation to spreading my wings. It's time to soar. I have a boat load of possible dreams and desires to chose from, so over the next few days I am going to just let my heart speak. As I choose where to begin, the only question I will ask is does this spread my wings and take me to new heights.
2023 is my year. It is time to soar.