Well, today’s the last day of 2009 and I couldn’t be more ready for it to be over. Not that 2009 wasn’t a great year, but a lot of huge things happened, and even though most of them were good, it was still pretty stressful. My first novel was published, I turned thirty, I got a dog, I made major life changes for my health, and now it’s December 31 and I’m ready for a nap.
I’m hoping 2010 will also be full of joy and adventures, but maybe the more soothing kind would be nice. Like maybe I’ll get to sleep in on weekends a little more often, and maybe I’ll get to cook more and work out in the garden. Maybe I’ll get at least seven hours of sleep every night, and exercise every morning, and take my dog on more walks. These may seem like pretty boring wishes, but they sound like heaven to me. Because I’ve found that the quieter my life is, the more I’m able to fully appreciate all the amazing things I have to be grateful for. When I’m running around all the time, I can forget to stop and look around and see all the blessings in my life, and there are so many.
On this last day of 2009, I’d like to take a moment to appreciate all of the things that make my life so wonderful:
My husband Brian, for being my best friend and soul mate and partner in crime.
My fabulous, loyal, loving friends–the old ones who have put up with my antics over the years, and the new ones who don’t know what they’re in for.
My family, for supporting and accepting me through both difficult and joyous times.
My health, for coming back to me.
My home, for being sturdy and warm.
My job, for surrounding me with amazing people and supporting me in this difficult economy.
Oakland, for being quirky and full of stories and a great place to call home.
The Book Thief, for being the best book I read all year.
Amy Tipton, Anica Rissi, and everyone at Simon Pulse for giving me the opportunity to share Beautiful with the world.
And finally, everyone who has read Beautiful, especially those of you who have shared your thoughts with me. I write to share my soul with you. That you accept it is the greatest gift I could ask for.
Have a happy, healthy, and safe New Year!