New Year Changes

I stepped into the New Year with trepidation as I awaited the installer of our new television and Internet provider to arrive. Is it not funny how these small-life changes can throw us for a loop?

Well, it did for me. Change was in the air and was it really going to be better as the new carrier suggested? I was apprehensive. We had used our previous providers for many years and were happy with both until recently.

I awoke at 5 a.m. to a blistering-cold morning of one degree. Would he come as promised on this chilly day?

But he arrived and got right to work. A pleasant man who knew his business. Within a couple of hours, I looked at my living room, where wires had stretched for years beside my couch and now I could clean behind it. Besides that, I no longer had to lock our downstairs-bedroom door to keep the cat from playing with the wires in there.

I also no longer had to fret over the modem. Would I have to restart the computer or unplug it today? Relief swept over me. I never realized how all these years these items gave me such anxiety. Now, I felt liberated and in the process I have better television with the program I missed and a faster Internet.

As the man said as he grasped the wires: “What I have in my hand is old technology.” He was right. I needed a change.

This also is true of authors. We get into our grooves and routines and forget to try new things. Last year, I tried something new – the anthology, Bride by Arrangement, with Ruth Ann Nordin. This endeavor allowed me to reach a different audience through my story, She Came by Train. Ruth Ann Nordin and I plan another anthology – a follow-up on last year’s – and my goal is to write book two – a follow-up on Courtships and Carriages – in the Great Plains series.

In addition, I am excited about writing again. I renewed that interest after the busy Christmas activity. I needed a break. Winter also puts you in the mood to write and sit by a fireplace, if you have one. I have one close but not near enough to curl up on a sofa and write. However, it does keep me cozy and keeps my fingers warm enough to type even if my work is gibberish at times. Ha! Ha!

It also makes for a great time to clean up your office and get rid of old files and rearrange your office. Without that modem sitting next to my computer, I was able to wipe away the dust where it used to lie and even that small step gave me pleasure.

When you throw away your old calendar, make sure you replace it with something inspirational to keep you excited about writing. I replaced my office-wall calendar with a calendar portraying a variety of paintings, including January’s winter scene with gray skies, cardinal birds perched on a white fence with a church in the background. The scene fills me with peace and awe in the Creator’s majesty.

Well to wrap up, remember to embrace the future and the change it brings, and I wish you the best in your 2015 writing career. God bless.

15 Comments

  1. ronfritsch says:

    Thank you for this upbeat post, Janet.

    1. You are welcome. As the gray skies hover around us, we need something uplifting, don’t we? God bless.

  2. I gotta get unwired too.

    1. It is difficult to make changes. Although we did this because of being unhappy with our television service, I am glad we were forced into it. We knew we needed to make an Internet change but just hesitated to do it. The new Internet is much better and watching that modem really made me anxious. Every time I come into my office, my eyes look for the nonexistent modem. That tells you a lot. God bless.

  3. I like what you said about cleaning up the office. Mine has stuff everywhere, and I don’t think that makes for a good writing environment.

    I wish the best to you for the New Year, Janet! I pray that God grants us all a happy and productive 2015!

    1. My office also gets cluttered but when I clean it up it helps me write. I wish you the best in the New Year, also, Lauralynn. God bless you.

  4. I spent yesterday watching the Rose Parade while getting rid of old files and tweaking at my sites. This year we are getting a stronger modem and router. Dealing with old or forgotten business is the best way to find one’s center again. Good advice!

    1. You are right, Theresa. We have to update our technology. My modem, for example, only was about three years old, but I did not save it to perhaps use later. Technology moves so fast that it is obsolete. God bless.

  5. Well, one thing that does remain constant is that people have the same need to love and be loved. 🙂 No matter how much technology advances, human nature is a constant.

    However, as you pointed out, change is definitely a constant in technology. I used to give advice on how to sell books, but the methods that worked a couple years ago don’t work anymore. It’s a new landscape. It might seem like authors who’ve been at this for years know what is going on, but we’re watching everything just as closely as new authors. New authors might have an advantage because they know they need to learn new things. It’s easy to fall into a false sense of security.

  6. It is easy to fall into a sense of security but nothing stays the same even if we would like it that way. We just have to adjust, but in this world it is not easy to do that. I have confidence you will find the answer. When I wrote my first book, Seasons of the Soul, bookstore coordinators could not wait to have me in their stores to sign books. However, when my next book, Lockets and Lanterns, was released, the atmosphere changed because customers were using e-book devices and the store worried more about their bottom line. Have a great day and God bless.

  7. Thanks also to all those who liked this post. God bless.

  8. Barb says:

    You’re soooooooo right. I’m starting to use an inspiration a day app. Feeding the spirit and soul are just as important as hamburgers. Thanks for the re-reinforcement.

    1. You are welcome, Barb. We need inspiration, especially on a cold-winter day. Feeding the spirit and soul are very important. God bless.

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  9. Hi Janet … I’m a bit behind as they say lol. Just wanted to say thanks for the positivity and encouragement of your post and I hope that during 2015 your creativity will continue to shine (and all your blog followers too). ‘Life’ can be so busy it is easy to forget what resonates in our hearts! God bless / peace to you and your family. David / AscensionForYou.

    1. You are welcome, David. Happy it perked you up and wish you the best. God bless.

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