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It’s no secret that today is New Year’s Eve! It many ways, it feels like 2015 has flown by … it has been a great year and definitely one for the books. As I prepare to close the chapter of 2015 and begin writing the pages for 2016, I pause for a moment to reflect.

Hands down, 2015 has definitely been my year of the hustle. I worked my a*(! off in every way imaginable, from making sure that I remained financially free of unnecessary debt to saving for special events and activities to stretching myself to new heights with school and professional development. I excelled in ways that I did not know possible and achieved things even I did not see in my immediate future. It has been a great year!

BUT this has all left me extremely exhausted. I’ve written more than a few posts about being utterly drained, seeking ways to create and maintain balance in my life and needing a little time for me. This is where 2016 opens up. One of my major to-do’s for 2016 is to continue with much of the same zest that I approached 2015 with, while also working just as hard to have quiet time, rewind and recharge and make time to care for me. Getting back to the physical fitness and eating regimen I worked so hard to create two years ago is also on my list. I MUST DO BETTER. My eating has been beyond unacceptable and my workout routine is pretty much nonexistent. I CAN AND I WILL.

Here’s signing off from 2015 and looking forward to another kick a&^! Year in 2016!!! Happy New Year!!! #2015bestnine

Re-blog: The Writing Process

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As an avid reader and writer I love and appreciate this article!

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improve-my-writing-skills-first-drafts-are-crapI’ve recently had the privilege of undertaking a writing retreat to get my contributions to a book on childhood and religion I’m co-editing completed. I managed to get far more writing done than I normally can, which led to think ‘why?’.

First things first, writing isn’t easy, but it is immensely satisfying. It’s great to get something down on paper, which you may have wrestled with, and which expresses precisely what you want to say.

Below are a few thoughts about the writing process: they are more practical than profound; personal than universally applicable.

  1. Have somewhere you can hide away for a few hours. In the course of a normal week I might write in a number of different places. A coffee shop, at the kitchen table,  or on a train, are more often than not more effective places to write than at my desk, or in a library. I think…

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Re-blog: 5 Literary Hotels for Book Lovers

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Ever want to stay in a room that looks like the inside of a typewriter?

Source: 5 Literary Hotels for Book Lovers

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Strength

I made it! No exciting or catchy tagline … no bells and whistles … just me saying that I made it through one of my most challenging semesters to date. 3 days a week with a 2+ hour commute; 3 days a week of not leaving campus until 6 or 7 p.m.; 4 days a week getting home near 8pm or later; hours of tutoring and even more papers to read, write, rewrite yet again. BUT I made it!

I feel accomplished, exhausted and invigorated all at once. And only in my truest fashion, I had a meeting with my co-chair today to discuss how to make the most of my winter break and small semester to not get too complacent.

So there you go … I made it and I am pressing forward ;-). #drcherrybound

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