Many people already shared their focus words and/or goals for 2017, so I am late to the party but for good reason. I chose Connection for my focus word after Emperor Baby Fists won the election and shocked the world. In light of what happened, I felt called to connect with likeminded individuals, my inner self and those open to respectful discussion. Because I planned to blend my goals with my focus word, I took plenty of time figuring it out.
Appetizers or snacks are my absolute favorite. Sure, I love a chocolate cupcake with cream cheese filling or a nice bowl of creamy mashed potatoes. But I am the kind of girl who can and will make a meal out of appetizers, especially something as good as this spicy beer cheese dip. That’s right, I said beer! This is also the part where I mention eating healthy is a 2017 goal. It’s about balance, right?
I love the movies. They spur my imagination and take me to places that I might never be able to visit or places that don’t even exist (Hello, Hogwarts!). They make me laugh and cry. Or cower behind a blanket or pump my fist with righteous glee. They entertain, educate and inspire in two hours. California is experiencing a real winter, which means lots of rain where I live. And rainy days demand a cozy blanket, a big mug of steaming tea and a great flick.
Tomorrow someone that I abhor and stands for everything I despise — racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia, greed and bullying — is going to become our President. In my lowest moments, I feel sick, frightened and hopeless. My anxiety levels are off the charts given my gloomy view of the future. And yet … I keep marching forward because I am not a quitter. Silence or bowing down are not options for me, so I will fight instead.
From the sun-kissed palm trees of Beverly Hills to the snow-capped Rocky Mountains to the blaring horns of New York City to the windy city of Chicago … I have a dream. From the barren deserts of New Mexico to the fields of corn in Kentucky to the coffee aficionados of Seattle to the cotton fields of Virginia … I have a dream. A simple dream that I believe in with my heart and soul, just as Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in his dream.
Confession time: I couldn’t decide what to post today. Ideas percolated in my crazy brain but none appealed to me at this moment. I felt a little lazy and not in the mood or even capable of writing something grand in scope. My post needed to be positive because I also felt grumpy (think January 20) and nothing cheers me up more than books. But I already showed you my books from December, then I remembered Erin’s 6.0 Reading Challenge started this month. Post dilemma solved! Yay for books! Yay for Erin for hosting!