Two days ago I was on a mission. I thought it would be easy! I wanted some New Year's Eve party supplies and decorations. The goal of this excursion? No, silly, not a party, that's too obvious.
2016 wasn't completely awful, right? Here are some things I found in 2016 that not only didn't suck but were kind of awesome...
I'm a a sucker for a good angsty, teen TV show. And I'm not afraid to quote them. "Sometimes happiness doesn't come from money, or fame, or power. Sometimes happiness comes from good friends and family, and from the quiet nobility of leading a good life." Today I embraced this idea.
On this blog I have a series called Books Over Looks. The goal is to focus on how books can help stimulate the minds of young people. In that spirit, today's blog is from the mind of my 11-year-old daughter. Here are her top 10 books of 2016 to, hopefully, help inspire other kids to read more.
My husband bought it little over two years ago when our family spent a about a week in Paris followed by a few days in Dublin. The contrast between the two places was undeniable. In Paris, you're a visitor. In Dublin, you're a guest. The distinction is more than just a feeling, though. It's a state of being. In Paris, like in many other places, conversations with strangers were necessary interactions you completed as quickly as possible. In Dublin, conversations were a means of telling stories. I am a writer, a storyteller (see The Travelers), therefore, I felt at home in this place of fellow yarn spinners. Stories, in any form, always make life more interesting...
On a recent trip to New York with my daughter for a dance trip, she took a Bollywood class with a very sagely instructor. (See story of that trip here.) I've been thinking about something that teacher said recently. The class was high energy and she told the girls to push through their fatigue. She explained to them that energy creates energy and if you stop when you're tired, it will be harder to stop again. She was basically explaining to them Newton's first law of motion, which describes inertia. But, this law doesn't just apply to physical objects. It's mental as well. And it often applies to writing.
When I was in NYC, I got caught right between Rockefeller Center Saks 5th Ave just when their holiday light show started. I was in a hurry and in no mood for a light show. But, I had no choice because of the clogged streets to stop and watch. And, you know what? It was super cool. And, it made me want to see more. So when we get home to Northern Virginia, I was really happy to my parents got us tickets to the Meadowlark Park Winter Walk of Light.
As much I wish I could just write and read all the time, life gets in the way - day job, family, book promotion (Travelers), house work. But, I have 7 glorious days off from work, plus two weekends. That's 11 days of unencumbered time. My holiday to do list - write, read, hang with fam, repeat. I hope to get a lot of all 3 done. So, here's what's on my reading list.