This has been such an odd year and it feels almost like a turning point in my life. I will be the first to admit I didn’t get nearly as much written as I wanted to (although I apparently published 22 titles!), but I can’t complain because the tradeoff was that I got to spend a lot of time with my son during his senior year of high school.
Getting my son ready to go off to college with everything that entails practically and emotionally was a huge learning experience—and a lot to do as a single mom—but I’m so proud of him…and not just because of how he’s done in college. He’s figuring out the balance between asking for help and doing things himself and he’s learned so much. But he’s also been a wonderful big brother even though he’s not home all the time now.
When I left for college, I can honestly say my family never missed me. They just weren’t that type of people and we never had a close relationship so leaving just exaggerated that. But my daughter and I can honestly feel the difference when my son is gone and it was a stark reminder for me about how different my relationship is with my kids than my parents had with me.
Now as we approach 2023, I’m getting my daughter ready to start college next fall and learning things all over again. She’s so different than my son, but it’s been wonderful to show her all his successes and let her see it hasn’t been a scary process. I can’t wait to see how things go for her next fall when she starts college, but that’s going to be hard because it will be the first time in a very long time that I’ve been on my own.
It’s going to be so weird, but I’ve got a lot planned to keep me busy, and my daughter has told me not to worry because she’s decided to basically live in my basement forever once she finishes college.
So…yeah, not sure if I should be worried about that or not, but the sentiment is…sweet? It sounds like I need a hermit cave in the next house. What’s a She Shed that’s technically in a basement?
To keep me busy next year, I’ve got a lot of books planned and I’m even going to be at RARE in Florence, Italy next September. That means it will be time for a big vacation while I travel all over. Balancing traveling and work will be an interesting challenge, but it’s going to be so much fun. I plan on staying busy in a lot of ways, and hopefully, that means I can do a lot more book events going forward.
I hope this year was wonderful for you and that you have big plans for next year. I’m doing my best to teach my kids to dream big, so I hope you do the same. Good luck in 2023.