Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 • No Comments on Goodbye, 2013!
2013 has been a very good year for me. To look at my “Year in Review” according to Facebook, the biggest events in my life were all about books, writing, children and getting my kitchen remodeled. That sounds about right. (Plus, I’m leaving 2013 with one less body organ than I started with, as I said goodbye to my bad, baby gallbladder back in March.)
2013 was the year I tentatively added “memoirist” to my resume with the publication of my genre-bending relationship guide Bedded Bliss: A Couple’s Guide to Lust Ever After. I’m particularly proud of Bedded Bliss as it is such a joyous celebration of committed love and lust and a much more well-rounded picture of happy long term relationships than anything I’ve ever seen. I’m so grateful to the authors who contributed their stories to this book and I’m so happy that reviews have been so positive.
This is also the year I sold to one of my dream publications, the wonderful Brain, Child Magazine. I sold two pieces to them: Wanting More Than Enough is an essay on motherhood, marriage, the parent/child relationship and, ultimately, forgiveness and patience. Anchors Aweigh is a blog post I wrote as part of Brain, Child’s “What is Family?” holiday series. It’s a snapshot of my twenty-three year Navy marriage and how it’s changed since the addition of two kids.
Finally in the memoir category for this year, I discovered The Good Men Project this year– a fantastic website for men (and the women who love them). My piece, Committing to It: Making Married Sex the Best Sex, is a reflection of the theme of Bedded Bliss and was very well-received– at last count, it had been shared hundreds of times on various social networks!
2013 was also the year I edited my first short-short collection for Cleis Press. XOXO: Sweet and Sexy Romance is a romantic, flirty, sexy book of almost 40 short-shorts and we’ll be doing a fun promotion for it to coincide with Valentine’s Day!
On the domestic front, my kitchen remodel back in April/May has been worth every headache and going over the estimated date of completion. While it was no fun living without running water on the first floor of the house (especially with two kids!), it’s been a joy to have more cabinet and counter space, and my beloved chalkboard wall. It’s my favorite feature in the kitchen, besides the coffee bar.
This year, I turned 46 and celebrated 23 years of marriage– which means I’ve been married to Jay for half my life now. We celebrated our anniversary with a child-free weekend getaway, but really every day with this man is a celebration. He’s the reason I could write a book like Bedded Bliss with such conviction– I believe in life long love and lust because I live it every day.
In 2013, my sons turned 2 and 4 and I’m reminded of what a wild ride the past four years have been. I wouldn’t change a thing– except I would’ve asked for more help when I needed it and I would’ve taken more naps when I had the chance! But mostly I just try to enjoy every day in this crazy life of mine. I’m a very lucky girl and I know it.
I’m looking forward to 2014 for so many reasons, both personal and professional, but there are a few more hours left in 2013 and I plan to enjoy them with my family and friends. I hope 2013 has been good to you and I wish you all good things in the new year. While I don’t blog nearly as often as I would like, you can always connect with me on Facebook and Twitter. (But mostly Facebook, where I post lots of pictures and other goodies that interest and entertain me.)
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Make 2014 special.