Words of the year for 2023

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I don’t remember when I started having a word of the year. Though, I do know I was inspired by a good friend, Lisa DiDio. But I often have two ‘words’ of the year.

One for my personal life and one for my writing.

This year I wanted to approach things a little differently.  Well, maybe not differently, but more to expand on the theme. So instead of a word, more of an action or perhaps both? I’m not sure that makes sense but I shall attempt to muddle through my thoughts.

First? My words/phrase for the year…

Personal:  be kind to myself

Writing: find joy in words

In all honesty, I’m not always as kind to myself as I should be. So that more than anything else is the focus of my personal goal for the year. To learn how to be kinder and more patient with myself. I imagine it’s going to be a bit of a challenge.

For writing, there are times when deadlines absolutely kill my joy. There are necessary evils but they often zap my energy and leave me floundering. I get so wrapped up in trying to rush through that I’m no longer having fun.

And enjoying my writing is incredibly important to my process.

I’m planning to do a little journaling this year to see how I progress with my intentions.

Do you have any words for the year?

Blackbird New Years Resolutions

Two wolves playing near forest

I decided to ask the Blackbird pack what their New Years resolutions were:

Josh: To stop drinking so bloody much.

Darren: Taking the mickey out of Josh when he fails to stop drinking within a week.

Elaine: That’s not a resolution you useless prat.

Darren: Oi.

Elaine: My resolution is to find a new job–that doesn’t require working with moronic tossers.

Steve: Same resolution as always – not to permanently silence any of my employees.

Gareth: He really needs to get out more.  I don’t believe in New Years resolutions.

Elaine: Only because you’re incapable of keeping them.

Gareth: On second thought, I suddenly understand where the old wolf is coming from.

Lorcan:  This entire interview is an exercise in futility.

Josh: Why can’t we turn him into stew?

Natasha: My resolution is to tie my fox up more.

Josh: Not sure that counts.

Darren: I’m not complaining.

Gareth: Kinky bastard.

As always, an insightful look into the Blackbird Pack. =)