Reflections and goals...
Every year I vow to lose the ten pounds I didn’t lose the year before. I also always make writing goals each year and this year I added a few promotional goals. But, my glance back at 2013 forces me to face the truth that I am a bit of a work-a-holic. I work a full-time job with overtime, so time for my writing career is limited to nights and weekends. I work days and my husband works nights. On the weekends, I can’t even ride to the store twelve miles away without taking edits along to work on (my husband is driving).
We have enacted a date night and to my initial horror my husband meant the time would be spent without my computer or endless folders full of marked up manuscripts in progress. The love of my life and I have been married for twenty-two years and we have always enjoyed camping and hiking with our dogs, but have it has been at campgrounds surrounded by other people. So, we took the plunge and bought wooded land farther North where we can camp, hike with the dogs, shoot bow or simply relax. It has been a huge blessing. This disconnect with the world has been our reconnect as a couple.
During the winter, we don’t camp but we go with the dogs and snowshoe for the day. When we’re not at our land, our own little piece of heaven, we listen to music and sometimes dance, yes just the two of us, like idiots till dawn. It’s not expensive things we’re doing but we’re taking the time together. Once in awhile we’ll have movie night, but it doesn’t feel like connecting staring at the television. Sitting around the campfire or snowshoeing through the woods is a better choice for us. Maybe we don’t take fancy trips to exotic places, but it’s okay because we both hate the hassle of travel and we don’t like crowds, so for us our simple life is perfect. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Unplug the computer, shut off the cell phone and reconnect with the one you love.
Victoria Roder lives in Central Wisconsin with her husband and house full of pets. She is the author of paranormal thriller Haunting of Ingersull Penitentiary, action thriller Bolt Action, paranormal romance The Dream House Visions and Nightmares. Picture books An Important Job to Do: A Noah’s Ark Tale, What If A Zebra Had Triangles? and children’s chapter books, Sled Dog Tales and The Curse of King Ramesses II, an inspirational book It’s Not You, It’s Them: Six Choices to Healing & Thriving After Abuse, and puzzle book Directions For Life. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies. Please visit Victoria at www.victoriaroder.com