Looking Forward to 2016

Jan 01, 2016 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
This is going to be my BEST YEAR YET!! (Just like last year, and if not this year, then 2017 is just going to be mind-blowing). We hear this enough for it to be a bit comical, but the truth is life responds to us: our attitude...our output...so if we go into a year's start thinking it's going to be our Best Year Ever, then work toward making that come true -- then 2016 will be pretty amazing indeed. (the trick is to maintain that positive energy to keep it amazing). For me - I want to be peaceful, productive, and positive. These three things (in addition to having a nice alliteration) encompass all of my 2016 Resolutions. Peaceful: Some of you have been around me when I get all swirly, and no, I don't even want to be around me when I am swirly, so I don't blame you for walking away from me...I only wish I could walk away from me too. So since I can't ever leave me, I had to, instead, learn to de-swirl and to do it as quickly into the swirl as possible for optimal results. I take deep breaths, audibly or mentally list the things I am grateful for, do some pen-to-paper therapy and get back my inner peace for the safety of everyone around me. Productive -- I have got to FINISH things before my very full plate shatters (and with 83 separate projects, that would be one hell of a mess to clean up...all kinds of weird combinations. I picture serial killers walking around messing things up in my romances, education essay topics hanging out in my mysteries, "human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria" (Ghostbusters). So best that I get some of these projects off my plate before I invent a new genre of writing. Positive -- I will never understand people who choose to be negative all the time. Who likes being miserable?  I am not saying be Suzie Sunshine and live with your rose-colored glasses on, avoiding reality...I am just saying, smile once in a while. Find something positive in every day. Be  grateful. Stop getting offended by every little thing. If you don't like your life...change what you can or at least shut up about it so those of us who like our lives can enjoy them without your negativity oozing all over the place. Watch a funny movie. Hang out with a friend. Take a class. Learn a skill. DO something with your life and stop being such a Negative Nancy. Life is much better when you are positive and putting out positive energy (what you give out really does come back). SO I am going to do these things and keep my self-fulfilling prophecy of 2016 being my best year ever as truth. It's in my hands to make that happen...so I got this. Happy New Year