Another Year Begins…

by Stephanie Casher on March 6, 2012

Happy 2012 people! I know I’m about two months late for new years salutations, but I’m pretty much two months late on everything these days, so better late than never, right? ;)

I don’t know about you, but 2011 was one of those ‘blink and you missed it’ kinda years for me. It passed in a blur, with the usual flurry of activity. TPC was incredibly productive in 2011 — we published two more books, A HARD MAN IS GOOD TO FIND by James W. Lewis and ONE BLOOD by Qwantu Amaru, and achieved the uber-impressive milestone of selling over 10,000 copies of our books! (click here for the official press release) It’s a source of great pride that our little company could grow into such a thriving, legit enterprise, and I tip my hat to my partners for providing the much needed fuel to launch us into the stratosphere (seeing as how I ran out of gas somewhere around September). ;) What can I say, it takes a village!

I also scored a major promotion at my day job as 2011 drew to a close. At the beginning of January, I started a wonderful new job at UCSC, which launched me several steps up the professional ladder. So far it has been awesome–my new boss and co-workers are great, and for the first time in a while I find myself sufficiently challenged and excited to come to work. Granted I am now SUPER busy since I need to achieve mastery of a complicated new position in the middle of an academic year, but I’m happy to report that so far, its going really well. And being liberated from the toxic situation that was my “old” job has shifted my energy in wonderful ways. Onward and upward, and steeped in gratitude for this amazing opportunity.

My circle of sister friends also expanded in beautiful ways in 2011. Through an African-American Women’s Group here in Santa Cruz (yes, there are enough of us to form a group, lol), I made the acquaintance of some solid women, who have been a wonderful support system. (Superwomen, Unite!) I also have standing dates with some of my favorite girls, and look forward to them each and every week/month. Spending ample time with women has been the key to bringing my life back into balance, and I plan to continue this trend in 2012.

Health is also a priority in 2012. The stress of 2011 did a number on my health, and this is another area that desperately needs to be brought back into balance. I’ve been seeing an acupuncturist weekly since July and am SOLD on the powers of Chinese medicine. I have seen amazing results and feel so blessed to have access to so many wonderful alternative health care professionals here in Santa Cruz. We only get one life, and I want this one to last as long as possible!

Now that we’re in the 3rd month of the new year, I’m definitely seeing some themes emerge… Change is big, not only in my personal life, but in the world at large.  Rather than entertain doomsday predictions about the end of the world, I tend to view the coming waves of change with a hint of optimism. I choose to believe that whatever gets broken down probably needs to be taken apart so that something BETTER can be built in its place.  I encourage each and every one of you to approach the coming year in similar spirit.  :)

Best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous New Year!

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