Celebrating 2016 And An Intergalactic Superhero Moment

Posted on December 30, 2016
Blog hop hosted by Lexa Cain
As the last Celebrate the Small Things post for the year, I want to do a major 2016 celebration of all the things I'm grateful for this past year.

  • Published a children's picture book, Monsters Under My Bed, with my own drawings. 
  • Published a short story collection, Isabel & Leo, which is based on real life stories from various people in my life. Not 100% real, but not 100% fiction either. 
  • Met a few cool poets/writers while working on a collaboration project over the summer, and created a couple of poems for children. One day our little project will be complete.
  • Became a soccer coach for my son's U10 travel team, and learned a lot about coaching kids. I can juggle a ball pretty good for a 40+ year old who just learned soccer. I have my own soccer cleats and everything!!! 
  • I am running regularly, and completing 10Ks without feeling complete exhausted for the rest of the day. I haven't lost my bounce yet. 

Goals for 2017

In addition, below are my goals for 2017. I will either reach them, or change my mind and do something else. Nothing is etched in stone.

  • Write more. Preferably at least 2000 words a week of new stuff.
  • Read more fiction.
  • Read less social media and sensational news, because the media sucks. 
  • Finish the first draft of the second book in the Family Relics series, The Onyx Ring
  • Finish my wattpad story, Waking Up
  • Restart my 2015 NaNoWriMo story, Sleeping Daisies, which I haven't touched since, and I seriously love this story.
  • Run a half marathon distance, preferably in one day. 
  • Play better soccer and learn soccer coaching techniques. Keeping up with 8 and 9 year-old competitive boys is a lot of work, but I love it. 

An Intergalactic Superhero Moment

And finally, as my last post in 2016, I will end it with this intergalactic superhero moment that had me smiling for days: 

Last week before my son's basketball game, we learned the coach was stuck in traffic and wouldn't arrive until the game started. So, without hesitating, I gathered all the kids off the bench directed them in a warmup and practice until the coach got there. The kids followed my direction for about 20 minutes. I didn't think anything of it -- I'm used to warming up kids before a game with my son's soccer team. Then, after the game, one of the league organizers walked up to me and said that I should volunteer to coach basketball. He had witnessed the warm up session. I don't actually play basketball, but I am pretty athletic and I get the sport's technical aspect (shooting, rebounding, dribbling, defense, offense, etc.) and I explained this to him. But he said that didn't matter at this level. Technical training is what mattered, and how I interacted with the kids. I gave instruction, gave them enthusiasm, and they listened and followed. And, they were having a good time in the process. He said few volunteer coaches have that sort of patience with beginner level players.

And then, of course, my son bursts out, "Mom, you could totally coach our team!" I told him I'd think about it as I floated on cloud nine on my way to the car.  

Not bad for this 40+ year old mom!

And that's 2016 in a nutshell. What intergalactic superhero moment's have you had this year?

Happy New Year!!!!


  1. Wonderful goals for the new year. Have a Happy & Healthy one.

    Marilyn @ onbecomingawriter.com

    1. Thanks Marilyn! Happy New Year to you too!!!

  2. Congratulations on your writing accomplishments and your Intergalatic Superhero moment! Hope you have a good 2017.
    Nissa from

    1. Thanks Nissa! Intergalactic superhero moments are few and far between, so I have to celebrate them when they happen! :-D

  3. What a lovely intergalatic moment to end the year with! Congrats on all of those writing accomplishments and here's wishing many more to come.

  4. You really are a superhero! I'm so impressed by how active you are. (I'm not and I still can't find time to write.) Congrats on all your progress this year with kids books and the short story book! I hope your 2017 brings you even more success and happiness. Happy New Year!