I had so many blog ideas for this week- yet I just don’t have the inclination to write them, so  I’m going to reflect on my year.  Here goes.

  1. I started my blog.  This was by far the biggest and most positive thing I did this year.  I was feeling a bit blue as I circled 53, and I needed a jump start.  Blogging was a perfect outlet.
  2. Writing class.  This was also a great move for me.  The class broke down the writing process into steps.  It’s not a formula, but a series of devices that help to tell a story.  This was a positive influence on my writing.  I am taking Fiction 2 beginning in January.
  3. Novel.  I am 3/4 of the way through the first draft.  I can see the finish.  I have also begun retooling the beginning because I’m realizing plot holes.  My plan is to be finished with 1st draft by the end of January, with second draft completed by March.
  4. StitchFix.  I don’t have to shop for clothes anymore.  Yay.  (No money or compensation for the mention)
  5. Writing Group.  I met two wonderful women in writing class and we have formed a little writing circle.  It works.  They are writing books that are a similar type to mine.  This is going to be invaluable.
  6. I just began watching “The Crown.”  LOVE IT.  Thank you Netflix.
  7. Speaking of TV- I noticed I watched a lot less of it this year.  I can only consider this a good thing
  8. Finally got to see U2 live.  Amazing.
  9. Dear Evan Hanson and Hamilton.  Saw both of Broadway.  Spectacular.  truly amazing theater.
  10. The Big Sick.  One of best romantic comedies ever.
  11. The Shape of Water.  Totally overrated.  Sorry.
  12. Trip to Paris with my daughter.  Five days of perfection.  Is there anything wrong with Paris?  Oh yeah- it’s too far away to visit every weekend.
  13. Went to Lincoln Center to hear Philharmonic celebrate Bernstein’s birthday.  Rhapsody in Blue.  I don’t know if there is a better piece of music.
  14. Acadia National Park.  One of the most gorgeous places on earth.  So glad I got to see it.
  15. Best books- “The Children Act” by Ian McEwan and “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman.  Loved both.
  16.   But of all the things this year- my most wonderful and powerful memory is meeting all of my blogging buddies, forming a little blogging community.  It’s hard to make friends at any point, but especially as you get older.  Meeting all of you has been wonderful.
  17. 2017.  It has been a wonderful year.

45 thoughts on “A Look Back

  1. In this year when the world order we’ve known for 70 years has been turned upside down and unapologetic nastiness is king, I needed to read this blog post. I’m going to try something similar for myself, to force myself to remember all the very positive things that happened this past year away from the news. And … I’m very glad you started your blog! Happy 2018!

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  2. I am happy that the economy is much improved as is my husband’s health. What more can we ask for? I would have loved to see the faces of AT & T as they gave $1000 bonuses to the working people and now other companies have picked it up. Wonderful.

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    1. The comments will happen! I think I sometimes get lucky with a tag…..just a tag that someone wants to do was about helps!! My book is about love and friendship with people in their fifties! I know it’s a topic I don’t see enough, and I’m thinking I’m not the only one who wants to read these things!

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      1. I haven’t used tags and hopefully that’s my issue. geesh! What is wrong with me?! I just went through and tagged different posts. It’s strange to me that people I have known forever (college friends) don’t read my blog. Do you have that issue? I may just have crappy friends 😉

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  3. Good luck with your novel. That is something I hope to be able to state this time next year. I have joined a book group and am enjoying nearby friendship while holding at bay social media. Best wishes for a great new year.

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  4. Congrats on a great 2017, your blog, and all the friends you’ve made here! I know I enjoy reading your posts, I used to follow more people but then I wouldn’t get as much work done. It’s hard to drop some blogging friend’s daily reads but it had to be done. Anyway, good luck with your novel and I hope we both have a better 2018!

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  5. 2017 has been a pretty great year for me, as well. I am looking forward to another great year ahead. I also took a fiction writing class and formed a critique group! I am planning on taking a non-fiction writing class next semester, just to change it up a little. Life is good for me, I certainly cannot complain. Well, I can, and often do, but really I have nothing to complain about!

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  6. It sounds like a DARN good year! Look what you have to look forward to! I love the writing the book part. Writing is great therapy. Doesn’t matter if you get published or not — it’s the motions that count. And who knows — you probably WILL get published! Keep the positive spirit going in 2018!

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  7. I love The Crown, too. The actor playing Prince Philip looks so much like my grandfather when he was young that it tugs at my heart every moment he’s on screen.
    Hamilton will be a 2018 experience for me and I just can’t wait.
    All the best for 2018!

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  8. I love that you found all the positive in 2017. You’ve inspired me to do the same on my blog. 💞 So glad you started blogging. It’s so nice to read the blog of another woman in her 50’s. Look forward to reading more in 2018.

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  9. Wow, you have only been blogging a year? You have a great group of followers, I hope after 3 years I will get to 1/4 of that number. 2018 is going to be a year of changes for me and I hope to meet them head on, considering I am going to be starting these myself I need to be proactive. I look forward to reading your posts. You give me something to shoot for.

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  10. Looks like you’ve enjoyed an AMAZING year!! I want to visit Paris. And you’re right about Stitch-fix. I got my first box last week and even though I only kept one item (the rest didn’t fit for one reason or other), I can definitely see it becoming an addition. I’ve GOT to read The Children Act.

    Wishing you an even more amazing 2018!

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