Happy New Year!


As I write this post, it’s still 2016 and I’m anxiously awaiting December 31st at midnight when one long year will become nothing but a memory and will hopefully yield to a happier new one.

I’m not the only one who has expressed the feeling that 2016 may have been one of the Nine Circles of Hell. If you’ve been on social media at all recently, or if you’ve even been conscious, you’ve no doubt noticed the numbers of people saying they can’t wait for 2016 to end. And it wasn’t just The Election. That may have sucked much of the joy out of 2016 (regardless of who you voted for), but it was other things, too. It seemed everywhere I turned 2016 held bad news. Bad news for friends, for family. Bad news for people’s health, both physical and mental. Bad news for people all over the world who despise terrorism, for people who loathe war and its atrocities, bad news for people who love freedom and the rights and responsibilities that go along with it.

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But was it all bad? I just can’t bring myself to believe that a whole year passed and nothing good happened. And so I’ve been giving that a lot of thought.

Turns out thereΒ were some good things that happened in 2016, despite all the bad news: a good friend was declared cancer-free. My eldest graduated from high school and loves (read: LOVES) college. My other daughter joined National Honor Society. My son may have broken six ribs on a camping trip in August, but he’s doing fine. My husband and I celebrated twenty-one years of marriage. Our family visited Scotland and experienced what must surely be one of the most beautiful places on earth. I had the opportunity to meet in person a formerly-online friend in Ocean City over the summer: we chatted and shared ideas about writing and marketing, but more importantly, we got to know each other better and I hope we can see each other again this summer.

What I wish for you in 2017 is more moments of joy and peace. The whole year doesn’t have to be a non-stop thrill ride of happiness and excitement to be considered “good.” I believe it’s the little things that add up to make joy, so I wish you lots and lots of those little things all year long.

Until next time,


21 thoughts on “Happy New Year!”

  1. Love your optimism Amy. Yes, it was a crappy year for many, but yes, we have to be able to weed out the crap and find the tender mercies that we should remember gratitude for. Great reminder. Happy New Year! ❀


      1. Oh thanks Amy that would be lovely. I’ll be on a blogging break intermittently through Feb and March but love to in the spring! πŸ™‚


  2. Oh!!! You are so right!!! 2016 was a challenging year for sure! It was tough finding that rainbow! But you did! And so did I!

    I am glad that Carolynn is loving college, that is always a breath holding event. Congrats to Rebecca! Hopefully your son won’t suffer any after effects from his injury! And Congrats on your 21 years of marriage!

    I am hoping for a wonderful 2017 for my family and friends. As for me, I am just happy to be able to celebrate. I think that I have always had a respect for life, but 2016 really drove it home. Sometimes I think I should just take one day at a time, but that’s not me; I will make plans, set goals and hope for the best!

    So let’s do it! Let’s shoot for the best that life has to offer for 2017! READY, SET AND GO!

    AND, As Always, keep reading and writing! πŸ˜€



    1. I am happy you’re able to celebrate, too! You have amazing strength and courage that gives you the ability to take on whatever life throws at you. I hope your 2017 is a goal-setting, plan-making year of the best life has to offer!

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