Happy New Year!!!

by Stephanie Casher on January 1, 2007

Happy New Year ya’ll!!! I can’t believe 2006 is behind us–it went so fast! It seems like just yesterday that I was celebrating my 30th birthday. And now my thirtieth year is done and a whole new year awaits. Wow, time really does fly when you’re having fun. :-)

I’m not a big holiday person, so I don’t do anything big for New Years Eve. Actually, the past five years I’ve started a tradition of celebrating New Year’s alone by reflecting on the previous year, releasing unnecessary baggage (this is usually coupled with pitching things into the fireplace, lol), and setting my goals for the year ahead. A quiet, introspective, spiritual time that I truly cherish. I think the idea of New Year’s Resolutions is a good one, and I like to put a lot of thought into mine. Starting the new year with a clear direction will only help you get to the goal faster…

Looking back on 2006, I can’t deny what a monumental, milestone-filled year it was in my life. I turned 30. I shifted the main focus of my attention to pursuing a career as a writer. I embarked on my life-altering cross country road trip. I welcomed the birth of Isabel Santillan and my first official nephew Devin Anthony Casher. I added another member to my own family by adopting Jayjers. And I started work on my second book. To name a few. Yup, there is no doubt about it – 2006 was hands-down the best year of my life.

I’m trying to make 2007 even better :-) I’ve restrategized on the publishing front, and am going to come at this goal from a whole other angle which I’m convinced will increase my chances of success (stay tuned for more on that). I’m systematically ridding myself of all toxic influences (people and substances), and have committed myself to achieving better overall health. And I’m making room for love in my life (for real this time). Yup, my goals for 2007 are simple: Get Published, Get Healthy, Find Love. And not necessarily in that order ;-)

Randomly, the final hours of 2006 ended up being just as eventful as the previous year. In an interesting twist of life, I ended up not having to ring in the new year alone after all because the Poet showed up on my doorstep out of the blue a couple of hours before midnight. Crazy, just crazy. Haven’t seen him since Albuquerque and then BAM, there he was, lol. It was nice to catch up and reminisce–the whole thing had a very ‘full circle’ feel to it… He was such a big part (and catalyst) of “the change” this summer, having him there I as did my whole “out with the old” ritual seemed fitting. Though it was also a bit odd cause I happen to be crushing hard on someone else right now too (I know, we should all have my problems, LOL)… But John is family, pure and simple, and it was very good to see him. The rest will sort itself out.

Well, I hope everyone had a very safe and happy new year… I have a good feeling about 2007–I think there is great potential for good things to happen, not just individually, but within the collective. We’re on the verge of a major shift methinks (love that word!), and the forces of war and evil are about to be dethroned in favor of something more… constructive. For the first time in years I’m looking forward and I am inspired, hopeful. Here’s to hoping I can sustain this ridiculous optimism well into the new year :-)

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