Looking Back on 2015

Dec 31, 2015 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
And this makes my 500th Blog. (It took some planning and replanning to get to THIS blog on THIS day, but here it is and cross one more Resolution off the list.) Another resolution was to write, reflect, and read every day -- hmm, well I got one of the three every day, 2 of the three most of the days, and the trifecta a few times as well. Publish Broken Trust and Redeeming Trust -- got the first one out and the second one is completely edited and now has about 20 chapters left where I need to type what was edited. So getting closer to that one (Had some roadblocks for about 5 months that put m ridiculously behind and having to play catch up and I just couldn't quite catch up enough...since keeping my job is a necessity). Financial Resolutions -- didn't get a single one of them and realized half of them were not in my best interests, so that changes things too. Doctorate plans...hmmm...about that. So my adviser told me back in 2011 that I should wait until I finished my PhD to publish my first novel or I would never complete my degree. I want to be an author when I grow up which doesn't need a PhD. Two more tattoos plus books filled in...I did get Arianna's Honor and Arianna's Destiny filled out (Waiting for Redeeming Trust to be out for the top two books and then I will have all of my titles filled in...so progress on that and got GEMINI on left shoulder Downsize extra "stuff" --definitely did this one...and not just stuff, I also did this with people. "Unfriended" some I should have never friended and some I thought I would never "unfriend" but life is what it is and I am better off without people around whom I can not be my true self. Thanks for all the memories. Buh-Bye now. It is amazing the sense of peace that can come from that visual of taking a person out of your virtual life as a representation of your actual life (thank you, Facebook). Also reconnected with some friends from my past, so thank you again, FaceBook Through this year, I got the inspiration for 20 new novel/essay/short story ideas. (Which is good because I was running low, haha). This brings my number of started projects to 83 (Yes, I agree -- I need to get this under control and actually finish things). Hi, my name is Michelle and I have a problem with commitment. It's been about 3 minutes since I started a new project. Let's see...other resolutions... Find healthy romantic relationship -- yeah, failed that one completely but got more examples of what I don't want in my life, and of course  for aforementioned projects) so I feel that goal is getting closer. Work on professional author life: website, newsletter, PO Box, business cards, etc. -- yeah, need to do all of that, so put that on the 2016 pile. Get healthier -- well that's a convoluted and ongoing process, so let's keep that on the list as well. All in all, it was one hell of a year...with some unbelievable highs and some lows that ALMOST broke me...but through it all, my faith is stronger, my path is clearer, and I am better for it all. Ready to turn the page.