Today, the last day of 2011, I look back on the past and appreciate what was, in order to look forward to what will be in 2012.
That's me and Dad at Bellows when I was nine, the year I learned to bodysurf.
How lucky I am to have gone to such a place even once. But I spent that whole summer there, and I go back every year.
2011 was a real rollercoaster. I got an amazing agent, who then sold my book in a two-book deal to an editor I love. After years of effort, I finally achieved something I've always wanted.
But there were big losses and stresses too. I'm not going to dwell on them, but let's just say 2011 was a real rollercoaster.
How grateful I am to be on the ride in the first place.
I hope you can reflect back on 2011 with gratitude and compassion for yourself an others. And here's to a new year full of new adventures, old friends, discoveries, and laughs.