Every year, after reading and talking to my "source authorities," I write a post about what changes to look for in the coming months. I had decided to eschew tradition this year. Until I began experiencing what they were talking about. (Here's a post I wrote on using change to enhance your writing.)
In case you haven't figured out, you are already strapped into your seat and the cosmic operator has pushed the button. Get ready for the roller coaster ride.
[Here's some fun facts about Chinese New Year.]
We'll all need our mental agility to sidestep the manipulation of others. This is the year to defy convention and try the unusual—if you feel the need. It's a year for fun and excitement. On the flip side, the challenge this year is self-discipline for your projects. Beware of a short attention span and the ups-and-downs of your writing work. Although this may be a difficult year for your friends, it is a little easier for writers. Use your own brand of planning (plotting) skills to help organize your writing.
In other traditions, this will be a year to finish long-term projects. It's a year to wrap up loose ends, take advantage of years of hard work, and revolutionize your writing life. Take stock of what is working and what needs to be changed or released. If it's not working for you, it's time to let it go. (Don't start singing that song.)
The first half of the year will be a time for consolidation to be able to take advantages of opportunities offered in the last six months of 2016. You may find yourself making courageous new choices. Follow your heart's desires.
Be sure your integrity helps you maintain an ethical stance that mirrors your personal truth. Wear your own character on your sleeve, even during unsettling, stressful times. You have an impact on others. Know that your influence is a valuable contribution, even to people you do not know. When you feel that you can't deal with the demands of your life, guard against giving up. Compassion for yourself, and others, can remind you that you are not alone. Be willing to accept inspiration, help and ideas from others. Connect with like-minded people.
You may find that the folks around you are annoying. Avoid quarrels and arguments. You may know better, but accept the choices of others. Just like our characters, the people in our lives will need to "figure it out" on their own.
You may tend to get tired this year. Take time to rest. Take care of your body. Drink more water. Walk every day. Eat healthier. Take advantage of the healing qualities of nature. Spend three minutes in the morning or at night saying things you are grateful for.
2016 is likely to be an uncomfortable year. Not bad, but change is never comfortable. And there will be changes this year. More than usual. But if you are prepared, stay positive, and follow your truth, The Year of the Monkey could be a great year for you.
What challenges have you already faced in the first month of 2016? Do you feel this could be an important year for you?
Fae Rowen discovered the romance genre after years as a science fiction freak. Writing futuristics and medieval paranormals, she jokes that she can live anywhere but the present. As a mathematician, she knows life’s a lot more fun when you get to define your world and its rules.
Punished, oh-no, that’s published as a co-author of a math textbook, she yearns to hear personal stories about finding love from those who read her books, rather than the horrors of calculus lessons gone wrong. She is grateful for good friends who remind her to do the practical things in life like grocery shop, show up at the airport for a flight, and pay bills.
A “hard” scientist who avoided writing classes like the plague, she now shares her brain with characters who demand that their stories be told. Amazing, gifted critique partners keep her on the straight and narrow. Feedback from readers keeps her fingers on the keyboard.