Which brings me to my word for the year. Which takes me back to this time last year when I shared my word for 2015: That word was ENJOY, and here's a little about why I liked it:
"...taking the time to really be in the moment - when you know you should be folding laundry but instead you're caught up in something bigger. Like reading a book with your kid ..."
What kinds of things did I enjoy in 2015? We took a family cruise (in-laws, siblings, us) and it was amazing, I saw 2 of my first Harlequin Superromances hit store shelves, bebe finally caught up in Math and continued to excel at reading/writing. I sat on the back deck and watched her swim with friends, we taught Hazel to fetch...and swim, too. I watched about 12 inches of snow fall through the winter months and enjoyed every single over-80 degree day. And the list goes on.
My word for 2016 is a little different: FOCUS.
Why focus? Because even with those little memories made from the word enjoy, there were bits of time when I was stressed out because I kept thinking, whilewatching the kid swim or playing on the cruise, that I was falling behind on work stuff.
This year I've got 6 book releases already on the calendar (a mixture of traditional and indie-published stuff), and I'm waiting to hear on a new project with another publisher. We have a cruise coming up this spring, I'm planning on attending the RWA conference in San Diego and at least 1 other reader-focused conference. bebe's planning on joining the swim team this summer...it's going to be a busy year. Without a lot of FOCUS, I won't be able to ENJOY all those little moments - like the first 85 degree day in the pool or the 8th snow day of the winter session or a day playing hookey with RadioMan at the movies.
So, I'm setting daily/weekly wordcount goals so that I can really focus in those moments...so that I can still enjoy taking the time off.