Happy New Year!

One advantage of living in Australia is we get the New Year nearly a day ahead of my family in North America, so I can get a head start on my New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, I can’t help them out with the lottery numbers as much as they’d like.

First resolution? Get back into contact, and that means you, you beautiful blog readers! I’ve been busy with my gorgeous little boy (you can see from the pic how easy it is to be enraptured by his smile), and I’ve suddenly realized he’s 9 months old and it’s almost 2012!

Second resolution: slow time. I know it’s impossible, but I will try to savor every moment with my family.

Final resolution: don’t be afraid of change!

I knew I was taking the tiger by the tail when I decided to start a family, so I’m going to hold on and see where it leads me. The changes are already coming fast and furious; I’d just grown comfortable with being a mommy and making homemade baby food when work has asked me to come back months early and change my career. It looks like (fingers crossed everything works out) I’m going to be melding my love of writing with my training in science and take up the science communications job for the charitable institute where I work. Wow, getting paid to write!

It’s exciting, and I’ve got a lot to learn, but at least I have an excuse to blog more–it builds up my ‘new media and social networking skills’ as requested for the job description. Best of all, it will be a 9 to 5 position instead of the crazy hours I was putting in before, so I should have more time to spend with my cute little elf boy and still squeeze in some novel writing when he goes to bed at night. I’ve managed 50,000 words while on maternity leave (in between diapers, feeding, and endless hours of play time and baby related activities), so I’m feeling pretty good about 2011. Here’s to an even better 2012!

May all your dreams come true in the New Year, my friends. (Holds up imaginary champagne glass) Cheers!

Thanks for reading! More posts on books, film, and writing can be found on my website at Lorel Clayton Author.

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