Happy New Year!!!
2023 is here and I have a great feeling that this year is going to be a good one! And what a great way to start it by having another post of the IWSG!!
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting!--from IWSG website
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This month's cohosts are: Jemima Pett, Debs Carey, Kim Lajevardi, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, and T. Powell Coltrin!
January 4 question - Do you have a word of the year? Is there one word that sums up what you need to work on or change in the coming year? For instance, in 2021 my word of the year was Finish. I was determined to finished my first draft by the end of the year. In 2022, my word of the year is Ease. I want to get my process, systems, finances, and routines where life flows with ease and less chaos. What is yourword for 2023? Why?
I have two words for this year: Gratitude and Intention.
It's easy to be bogged down by stress, worry and negativity but when I take the time to actively think of what I'm grateful for each day everything else seems to be less important. So this year I really want to start each day by focusing on what I'm grateful for.
One of the many things I'm grateful for is the IWSG, all of you who participate in this amazing community of writers, and of course Alex J. Cavanaugh who began the whole thing. I joined when it began maybe ten years ago (not sure the date it started). I took some years off but when I was ready to come back the IWSG welcomed me as if I had ever left and was even stronger! Thank you!
How many times have I caught myself scrolling through some type of social media app or even just getting lost in news articles that are for the most part meaningless? I'm really good at simply letting time slip through my fingers with not much to show for it. Not that I need to be accomplishing something every second but I want to spend the precious little time I have in this year of 2023 with intention. I want to decide how I spend my moments and not let them mindlessly pass without notice. To be present and to be grateful for each moment.
Do you have a word for this year? What are you excited about for 2023?
In other news, I woke up on January 1st to see that my e-book had made it to the #1 Best Seller list in its category on Amazon! What a wonderful surprise and a great way to start 2023 with a bang!
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and have a very Happy 2023!!
Kathy, I love your choice of words, and I totally agree. I start my day the same way and have for a long time. I don't even have to think about it any more. And I intent to start my day this way until the end of time. Happy 4th New Day to you. Best in 2023.ReplyDelete
Thank you and Happy New Year!Delete
Good to hear the IWSG has been supportive. It's been around over eleven years now.
Happy New Year Alex! 11 years! I knew it had been a long time :)Delete
Congrats on your book making #1 on the best-seller list. I've been practicing gratitude for a few years. It's really helped me stay more positive about life.ReplyDelete
Thanks! It's amazing how gratitude can help change my attitude for the day! Happy New Year!Delete
#1 best-seller list - that's wonderful.ReplyDelete
Thanks Diane! Happy New Year!Delete
Congrats on your book making #1! I also find myself mindlessly scrolling more often than I'd like to admit. Intention would be a good thing to have this year.ReplyDelete
Thank you! It's so easy to be sucked into scrolling. :( Happy New Year!Delete
A best seller! That's a rocking start to the year! I had similar sentiments with my post. Definitely a good aim to use your time meaningfully.ReplyDelete
Thanks Nick! Happy New year!Delete
Fantastic news! Also, I love the idea of living with intention!ReplyDelete
Thank you! Happy New Year!Delete
Kathy, I am blown away by your choice of words - such a wise selection. Clearly your bestselling news is the best way to celebrate the start of a new year - may it continue on in the same vein.ReplyDelete
Debs posting today from Fiction Can Be Fun
Also found at Debs Despatches
Thank you! Life is so precious and fleeting I want to start being more grateful of all the little moments. Happy New Year!Delete
Two excellent words! Congrats on hitting number 1! That is awesome!ReplyDelete