Thursday, January 2, 2014

Resolution of a sort

New Year's day I was working. Couldn't contemplate a clever post about resolutions nor rattle off even a staple feature like Confession Tuesday. And that's okay. It's Thursday and at any moment we choose, we can reflect, regroup and move forward so on this night off, I'm writing and happy about it.
This time last year, started with so much promise: I had dug in my heels on ground I'd abandoned and seeded me a new space to grow and create. I'm Aquarius and we're notorious for stirring up some shyte so while it was a slow start here, the plotting along moved me to new spaces and folks who reminded me why I can't ever completely leave my writing life behind.

Just when Black and Gray was becoming more than I had hoped, Chaos showed up. Some nasty bugger infected my pc and the virus was only the first setback to affect my writing life. Later, I had a health scare that led to time off work. Shortly after graduating from high school, darling daughter told me I was going to be a grandmother. By early fall, I was working a 4 day, 10 hour shift at my day gig and after returning to my my part-time gig, our 'Fat Cat,' Patches passed away.

Despite the drama, 2013 was also the beginning of possibilities I'm excited to welcome in 2014. Grandbaby is due my birthday month, and in step with the kind of granny I plan to be, I'm celebrating by throwing myself a Granny shower. There will be no silly games and bland food. My gig will be held at a book store, naturally, complete with good finger food, drink and poetry. The theme is books and bums (diapers). Friends and I will entertain guests with words and good company. We'll enjoy good food and music.

In January, I will fulfill a long-time desire to box. Yep, granny is putting on gloves. I'm going to find out just how much punch I really got. In March, I'm participating in Fight for Air (70 flight stair climb for American Lung Association) and in April, I'm joining some fellow mid-lifers in a 5k run.

People, I've got plans the least of which is to resume my writing life. 2013 was the year I connected with some amazing people, and I can't tell you how much your words and support have enriched my life. Know that I am grateful for you coming into my world. 2014 is about sharing my voice, because next to spending time with those I love, my words will be my final gift to them. In 2014, I want nuture our connections and grow with you, because you know what matters most: our relationships and the power we have to enrich each other through our work and communion.

So it's not Tuesday and it's not exactly a confession; it is though a kind of promise, a resolution that's worth recommitting to each year. This year, I wish you all a year of love, words and wholeness.

Be well,


  1. boxing...really...that is awesome! ha.
    thanks for the update as well....books and bums...i like...i am a fan of book stores....smiles...
    look forward to what you will bring in 2014 latonya...

  2. Gives me tingles just reading this. Keep it clean! :) I don't truck with astrology, but according to the zodiac we share a month (as does my elder boy, who is 15 on Valentine's Day. Mr. Smooth he is, too, though claiming no interest in girls. Well, other than the Jennifer Lawrence screen saver on his phone. You go get 'em, LaTonya. Best of everything to you ~ M

  3. Confess! Even if it IS (was) Thursday! I'm looking forward to that shower.

  4. Boxing and a new baby -- I'm looking forward to keeping up with you here! Glad to have found your space!

  5. Wow-you have some big plans for the year. Best of luck with the boxing and Fight for Air. I hope all goes well with the birth of your grandchild.

  6. "at any moment we choose, we can reflect, regroup and move forward" - I love that perspective.

    Congratulations on the new grandbaby! I'm hoping your health scare turned out to be nothing to worry about. That's exciting news about the boxing. As you know, I have a special place in my heart for the sport - especially as a means of physical, emotional and spiritual transformation. I read your comment regarding gloves. These are the ones I'm currently using. They're 16 oz leather bag gloves. If you're going to invest in your own pair of gloves, you should go with leather ; ) Have fun, and Happy New Year! xo Karen

  7. Improving on who you are, both mentally and physically, are good things to keep focused on for any day of the year. I'm glad to be along for the ride. :)

    (also, I think you'll be an awesome grandma!)


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