2014 Best Advice

Happy New Year! I had a wonderful holiday season and hope yours was too. There were lots of relaxing and enjoyable gatherings with friends and family, including a fun wedding, and lots of baby time. Our eldest is still recovering from her car accident in September, and the new mommy had a battle with a kidney stone, but those were the only concerns this year. We know to count our blessings.

Just one Foot

This is why I’ve decided to share the one post that seems to be the best advice to begin the year.

This Time Next Year by Judy Johnson Berna on her Just One Foot blog is a great way to consider every challenge and welcome each adventure.

I had the opportunity to read Judy’s memoir prior to publication. The story follows Judy’s relationship with her foot, that had been an aggravation to her life activities, her whole life. Eventually she chose to become an amputee. Really? Choose to cut off your leg?

Yes, and it’s a wonderful and personal journey that she shares with readers who have no reason to make such a choice. But it’s also an inspiring story of how to assess the need for positive, if highly radical and often discouraged, change. Judy is also honest regarding how to adapt to when what’s holding you back is suddenly gone. There can be a whole new set of challenges!

If you want a different motivation than This Time Next Year, check out Polly Campbell’s How to Live Happier in 2014, and Five Ways to Savor The Moment.

For one of those warm and fuzzy – awe how wonderful – stories: The meemaw effect by The Bloggess is one of her departure from the raw and ribald posts.

I am getting my energy back and feel the clarity to really attack the edits on my next novel. The holiday decor has been stored, and the closet of disaster has been cleaned.

About Terri Patrick
Writer of Romance and Memoir. Life is an adventure, take that journey.

6 Responses to 2014 Best Advice

  1. Rose L. says:

    I have heard of a condition where people choose to amputate a limb for no real reason. Some go further than just one!
    Glad you had a nice new year.


    • I hadn’t heard of this – at all! That’s also not Judy’s story and her advice of “This Time Next Year” has worked for me. Yet there were also a few years where I was surprised that I was still in the same horror story. Some things are more than a one year journey. 😀


  2. Trish says:

    Happy 2014 to you, too! Like the cover!


  3. Pingback: As 2013 Began | Terri Patrick's Blog

  4. thebloggess says:

    “Ribald” is my new favorite word. 🙂


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