Happy new year!

I prepared Christmas Eve dinner and loved how it felt to give the gift of food to family. My brother was fully expecting me to defrost a pre-made dinner from the market.

I prepared Christmas Eve dinner and loved how it felt to give the gift of food to family. My brother was fully expecting me to defrost a pre-made dinner from the market.

I’m so eager to read all the year-end book and recap posts that I’m seeing in my reader, and I also want to post my own lists of favorite books and other 2013 reflections. Alas, I think I’m going to have to wait a few more days. I didn’t realize just how much solitude reading and writing required until school let out for my son and my brother flew in for a visit. I spend my early mornings working for clients and I’m too tired at night to write. So right now I’m craving creative time while simultaneously savoring the presence of my family, a happy kind of tension, and a privilege to have the possibility of both.

I hope that whatever you are doing this holiday, you are enjoying your own good balance of solitude and time with loved ones. I am so incredibly grateful to all the friends whom I have either met or reconnected with through this blog. My experience reading and writing this year has been a powerful affirmation that words and stories are important – both in reading them and in sharing them (to feel connected and to heal). Thank you so much for reading and for giving me a reason to write each week. I wish you a memorable new year full of all the things that make you happiest!


20 thoughts on “Happy new year!

  1. Oh what a gorgeous photo and food. Gifted cook and photographer as well as writer.

    I have greatly enjoyed your blog – the thoughtful way you use words and ideas, and the emotional connection you always bring to the things you write.

    I hope you get enough time to write again in the New Year. Have a happy one!

    • Aw, thank you so much, Denise! I appreciate all your words here…they mean a lot to me. And I am so glad that I met you. You’ve always been so thoughtful in your comments and I enjoy hearing your take on things, and, of course, reading your posts as well. I look forward to more chats in the new year!

      (I am still working on the cooking (and photograph andy writing)…)

    • Thank you, Ngan! I’ve been in a writing zone all weekend and now I’m feeling guilty for locking myself away! Always so hard to find the right balance…Hope you’re having a good weekend and start to the new year πŸ™‚ (Btw, I bought the Hangman’s Daughter series recently, thanks to your enthusiastic reviews. Am looking forward to reading it!)

  2. Happy New Year, Cecilia. I am looking forward to reading your posts in the upcoming year.

    Thank you so much for your support of my writing this past year. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you this past year and am eager to learn more about what shapes your world this upcoming year. xoxo

    • Thank you for your wonderful message, Rudri. The feeling is mutual and I, too, look forward to reading your words in 2014. I love how so many of your posts lead me to think deeply about things I haven’t thought about. Cheers!

    • Aw, you’re so sweet, Lee-Anne! Thank you so much for your comment. I always appreciate your visits and I enjoy your wonderful blog. I look forward to reading more of your words in the new year!

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