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To say that 2020 was a problematic year for most of us is a dramatic understatement. While each individual and family endured their own unique aspects, mine was no exception. We went through many ups and downs, some of which even gave us question whether we would make it out alive.

Instead of dwelling on the negative, we have looked for that silver lining and for me that has surfaced, or resurfaced, in the form of writing. After being able to rekindle my fire of word craft, I had had to make the difficult decision to put it on the back burner again. Unfortunately, even with good intentions that fire had all but burned out.

The changes that 2020 brought eliminated any excuses which I had been having and I picked up the laptop again with renewed interest. While beginning the year with a forced smile on my face and no words under my belt, as 2020 exited, I couldn’t keep a genuine smile from my lips and I have been packing on 3000 to 5000 words a day. Sometimes more.

I am not saying this to brag because I have always been my own worst critic and feel like I should be doing more. The point is no matter how bad the circumstances get, there is always another door to go through. Take control, renew your life’s mission. But most importantly, never give up.

No matter the chaos, success is always in front of you if you only have the courage to reach for it.

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