Happy New Year to all my followers, and may 2017 be prosperous, challenging (in a good way), and above all change you for the better! And if you’re likely making New Years’ Resolutions as you party the night away with friends and family, make sure they are ones you can actually stick with.
As we say farewell to 2016, it’s time to reflect on the year for us. I’d like to share some significant things that happened to me this year:
- I earned my master’s degree in education
- I plotted a new YA contemporary fiction novel, which I will work on in 2017
- I took up a new hobby – Tai Chi
- I traveled to new places (Seattle, Cleveland, Portland, OR, and southern Arizona)
- I hiked alone in Saguaro National Park
- I rode a segway for the first time
- I decided not to pursue a doctoral degree, and moved back home to Canada (huge turning point!)
- Contributed over one hundred hours of service in volunteering
- Joined Rotary International
What about you? What was memorable about 2016 for you? Write a list down – great to do if you wake up feeling wonky in the morning – of the all the highs and lows of 2016.
Happy New Year, and I look forward to another year of blogging in 2017!
Thanksgiving holiday celebration. Turkey dinner invitation card. Vector design of traditional thanksgiving roasted turkey dish, vegetables harvest, pumpkin, wooden table plenty of food, corn, autumn leaves
Happy Thanksgiving to all my followers down south. As you settle in with loved ones over stuffing, yam, gravy and the big bird, take some time to be thankful for all the great things you have in your life – health, wealth (even if it’s not what you call wealth), family, friends, and most of all a country under democracy.
Now I know some of you may be in a state of despair after the recent election, but you are still living in a country where you have the freedom live as you like; speak your mind; vote in elections; travel around the country. These are luxuries which, unfortunately, not everyone else around the world gets to enjoy.
In addition to being thankful for what you have, you should think about your fellow man, and offer prayer. Offer prayers to:
- your family and friends
- those who are sick, depressed or need help
- Americans who are living, studying, and serving abroad
- families travelling, refugees, and those affected by natural disasters
- all those affected by the Syrian civil war
The list goes on. I particularly like praying for my countrymen living abroad, since I’ve lived abroad myself.
So may your Thanksgiving feast fill your bellies and reflections fill your hearts and souls. Happy Thanksgiving!
I got this idea from a author friend of mine. She listed fun facts about herself, so I thought I’d do the same. It’s always nice when an author shares some random tidbits about themselves.
So here you go, some facts about Frank Fisher. I learned quite a bit about myself as I filled this out:
Favorite color: royal blue
Favorite drink: coffee
Favorite dessert: strawberry rhubarb pie
Favorite city: Madrid (runners-up include Seville and Lisbon)
Favorite vacation spot: Sarasota, Florida (has been since I was three)
Favorite activity (other than writing): skiing
Favorite sports team: Real Madrid
Favorite modern movie: Cast Away
Favorite season: spring
All-time Favorite TV shows: Miami Vice & The O.C.
Favorite food: sushi
Favorite song: “Sensitivity” by Ralph Tresvant
Favorite singer: Andrea Bocelli
Favorite actor: Robert De Niro
Favorite actress: Sarah Michelle Gellar
Pet peeves: reality TV, people who carry on loud cell phone conversations in public, and people who stop halfway down ski hills to take selfies.
Person I’d most like to meet: Cristiano Ronaldo
Country I’m most likely to visit next: Japan
Tags: facts, life