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Okay, so now I'm 40. Since Monday in fact. And I can't get the opening lyrics to the song, Fill the World With Love, out of my head.

"In the morning of my life I shall look to the sunrise.
At a moment in my life when the world is new."

This is not the morning of my life but I still intend to look to the sunrise and to treat each day like a new opportunity. And with that in mind, along with the lyrics of this truly beautiful song, I find myself thinking about my goals. I am satisfied with the progress I am making in most aspects of my life. I have a wonderful husband, two fabulous boys, a nice home, friends and family who love me (or so they say!) a good job, a comfortable living and the opportunity, on an almost daily basis, to work at making my dream come true.

Speaking of the dream, tomorrow I head off to the New England SCBWI conference followed by a five-day writing retreat - I'm living the dream, baby! Even if only for a week. I intend to finish the first draft of my current WIP (I'm almost there afterall!) and tackle a couple of smaller writing projects. I also intend to reassess and formulate short- and long-term writing goals. This will help me tweak my schedule so that I can pursue some of the writing goals I just don't seem to have the time for.

I'm looking forward to emersing myself in a writer's lifestyle for a week, without family and work responsibilities and obligations. I'm excited about rubbing shoulders with fellow writers, especially Kelly Fineman (even though we rub shoulders pretty often already!), and Jennifer Hubbard, who will be retreating with me. "Live free or die!" and "Go Spinach!"

"And the blessing I shall ask is that God will grant me,
To be brave and strong and true,
And to fill the world with love my whole life through."


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Apr. 23rd, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
Live Free or Die!
Meanwhile, your hymn has triggered a hymn response in me, only it's "When I fall on my knees, with my face to the rising sun, oh Lord, have mercy on me." Not nearly so peppy as yours.

Go Spinach!
Apr. 27th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
It was so nice to meet you and have lunch today! I'm adding you to my friends list. Have a wonderful retreat! Your goals sound great. Jeannine
Apr. 27th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
Ditto Jeannine. I have read your comments many times on Kelly's blog, so it was fabulous to meet you in person. Thanks for friending me, and I am happy to return the favor.
The conference was inspiring and motivating plus provided me with the very tools I need to tackle revisions. What a win!
Apr. 27th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Writing retreat
Hope you have a lovely time while on retreat and learn lots.

Love Jean
Apr. 28th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Writing retreat
Baie Dankie. That always reminds me of Orlando from The Steakery. "I'd rather buy a horse."
Aah, the good old days.
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