Goodbye 2020

I guess about now I’m getting a lot of “Amens” and “Thank Heavens” out there to my title. While I”m sure we can look back and find some good things–I published my 8th romantic suspense book, we have stayed healthy, and have family and friends near–even still this year has been one of loss, sorrow, fear, frustration, and even anger.

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My mother did an end of the year event that seems especially appropriate for 2020. Make a list of all the bad things you did, some that others did to you, some just bad things that happened to us all. Put each item on a piece of paper and on then on New Year’s Eve throw each one on the fire pit. It’s like symbolically “getting rid of the old to make room for the new.” That’s also one of my mother’s sayings generally applied to my closet. 😊

Charley in front of our fireplace.

My heart aches for all the losses suffered this year. Places were empty that once were filled by loved ones. We have memories to which we should cling to help us get through these sad times. Try to find the happy memories of your loved ones and focus on those. Because of those happy memories, you’ll never be truly alone. They will always be with you. My mother has been gone for 17 years, but as you see, she pops in now and again with words of admonition, wisdom, and comfort.

Even if we were fortunate to not lose a loved one, many of us didn’t see our families the way we wanted to. I actually thought the Zoom Christmas presenting was pretty fun. Would I have preferred to be in person? Of course, but I’m grateful for technology that allowed us to share an experience.

Screen shot of granddaughter opening a gift.

The good news is there is hope on the horizon. The vaccine is here, and folks are getting poked in their arms. Definitely something to offer an “Amen” for and a “Thank Heavens.”

This is also a good time to look back at the goals I set for 2020 to see if I met any of them. (Trip goals certainly didn’t happen but publishing my latest book did.) And then I like to look forward to what I hope for the next year. We’ll still be under Covid restrictions for most of 2021, I fear, but still, I’ll be planning for our fall trip to Maine. Even if it can’t happen, I’ll have had fun planning for it. God willing, we’ll see our 50th Wedding Anniversary in June of 2021. It probably won’t take the shape I had once pictured for the celebration.

And I’m deep into my next book that is trying to be a Hallmarkish story. Except of course, I’ve already had a murder. LOL Maybe when I finish this one, I’ll really focus on writing a story that takes place in December and ends right about Christmas Day with no murders. 😊

Picture by my good friend Klaran Warner in New Hampshire. Inspiration for current WIP and next book. 🙂

Find ways to take care of yourself and your loved ones. Physically hugging yourself works to get that touch we’re all missing. Practice affirmations and keep on keeping on. We will get to the other side of this crises. Be safe and wear your mask. We always have hope and we always have each other.

How did you spend Christmas? With loved ones, on-line, alone? Happy New Year. Love to hear from you.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. patgarcia says:

    Hi and congrats on your new release. My holidays were truly special this year and I am so thankful for that. All the best in 2021. Shalom aleichem

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    1. Hey, Pat. Glad you had such a great holiday. Thanks for your good wishes and thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂

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  2. Hi Marsha, Wishing you and your family all the best in 2021. 🙂

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    1. Hey, Joanne. Thanks for your good wishes and thanks for your continued support for WBW. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


  3. Kathryn Jane says:

    I’m glad you were able to have family time through zoom, yay for technology.
    Our Christmas looked just like it always does, with the two of us just hanging out, eating good food, wishing there was something better to watch on TV, and thankful we didn’t have to go anywhere 😀

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    1. Hey, Kathryn. I just bet you spent some time on your fantastic paintings besides eating and hanging out. I confess to having binged on Hallmark movies. I love that I can count on the HEA, and I overlook the schmaltzy stuff that’s just not realistic or the occasional glitches in a costume not being consistent. This has definitely been a year we’ve needed more HEAs. Best to you and your guy. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


  4. Vicki Batman says:

    Hi, Marsha! I really liked writing down the bad things and the good things and how you let go of them. I would have to start collecting now because I’d forget by the end of the year. 🙂

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    1. Hey, Vicki. Yes and this year I may have way more of the negatives than normal. I’ve thought lots of bad thoughts about those no wearing their masks or not wearing them properly. I quickly learned to not say anything, but that just left all the bad feelings piling up on the inside. So I’ll have lots of papers to throw in the fire this year. And I like your idea of beginning now to write down all the items. Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂

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