After move after move over the past 5 years, we finally settled permanently (well, as permanently as buying a house gets you) here in Byron. They boys are in their second straight school year here and will be here until they graduate high school. I feel good about giving them this sense of stability, even if living out here is a hard pill to swallow sometimes.
Brian began a new position with the company he's been with the past five years. He no longer has to climb those giant wind turbines anymore. He now troubleshoots from a nice, warm office. He loves it, although the days/hours are hard. Getting used to his new schedule has been difficult at times, but he does love it and he's really earned where he has gotten at this point in his career.
Once again, the book took up a lot of my time, although I've taken a really big break from it the past few months. As is my want, I can pick the thing apart, boy can I, but on the whole: I'm really proud of it. I'm proud of the story. I love the characters, and I think about them all the time. I'm so grateful to my editor for teaching me so much this past year. Lesley is one of the people I'm certainly most grateful for in 2015 and I'm sure I'll feel the same way at the end of this year. I'm also blessed beyond measure for the friends that have been my beta readers. Lynn and Jackie read the first "final rough draft," before going through the editing process. They've also read the final draft after the content editing. I really couldn't ask for kinder words from those ladies. And you know what...if I'd never moved here, I'd never have known them. I think of that often.
Speaking of living here....lately I've been so homesick (for both WA and AK) lately, that it's been a daily struggle to embrace being out here. But I am so blessed to have made the friends I've made this past year. Through work, I've really made some close friendships. I've never had a brother, but I think of co-worker Jim as my brother. My co-worker Cindy, helped me through the loss of the Other Misty, when I didn't know her that well. That created a bond, that we'll always have. I've also made some other good friendships that I feel so lucky to have (including someone who has become one of my closest friends). In fact, I've been in bed, sick, all day. A stupid cold has kicked my ass. There was a group text with some coworkers, and they know I plan on getting my ass in gear tomorrow as far as diet....and get this, one of the gals offered to bring my in a smoothie, some fruit and lunch tomorrow, since I wasn't able to get my shopping done today. That's way fucking awesome. So, as much as it hurts my heart everyday to be so far from my family and the friends I've had for so many years, I'm grateful to 2015 for showing me it's never too late to develop deep, meaningful friendships. And trust me, I'm guarded with who I let in and who I let allow myself to love, so this is pretty big.
I could look back and focus on all of the weight I've gained this year (the most of my life). I could look at the new stretch marks. I could think of how I beat myself up all the time about how I can't believe how people could like or love, for that matter, someone who wears their stresses on their body, the way I do. But I can't ruin a whole year by thinking of those things. I can only approach each day, as I do, trying to stop being so hard on myself. Tomorrow is a new day, and it's a new year. A year to focus on getting myself healthy both mentally and physically. A year of focusing on all of the good that is in my life, and there is so much good. Here's to a new year my friends. May we all feel the peace and love we deserve, with every breath
I'll leave you with the song that seemed to have the biggest affect of any song this year with my friends. It's a beautiful song, that seems to have been written for women of our age. We all have that woman inside of us that we remember, but she isn't gone-she's still ours. And she fucking rocks.
Cheers to 2016!