One Little Word 2016: MAGIC

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I love love love the practice of choosing a word to focus on every year.

After the last couple years … I need some fun in my life. I need something special. I need something larger than life. I need to be with people who care about me. I need to go on adventures and create things and hit my goals and feel good about myself.

I need magic in my life.

My One Little Word for 2016 is MAGIC

I’m taking Ali’s OLW course again! You can sign up on her site here. It’s a great price for a year-long reminder and prompts to help you stay focused on your word. Not an affiliate. I just love her.

A short list of some of the things I find magical:

  • travel
  • fiction
  • musicals
  • Muppets
  • hitting goals
  • storytelling
  • American History
  • laughter
  • singing and singers (like Adele and Freddy Mercury)
  • fresh starts
  • love
  • scrapbooking and memory keeping
  • being independent and strong
  • Harry Potter

So far my plans for 2016 include …

…. Moving to Austin, to be near my writer friends and to live in a place that is inexpensive enough that I can afford to travel more often. A truly fresh start.

…. Travel to Richmond on my own to spend a week taking in all the Civil War history and battlefields around.

…. Traveling to New York City, to see the musical Hamilton (it’s about American History, yo. It’s like it was written for me)

…. Tentative trip to Chicago to see friends, see Hamilton AND Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with said friends

…. Publish 4 novels. Write first drafts of 3 novels. Read all the how-to-write and creativity books I can find (Big Magic is already on my kindle).

…. Revel in fiction. Be more deliberate about the fiction I choose to read. Return to my M.A. in Literature roots by putting the priority on reading classic literary fiction that I love, rather than whatever new trendy Y.A. fantasy books just to see what the masses are reading.

Seems like a lot in a list like that …. I seriously cannot wait!!

But in addition to all of this …. I need to remind myself that I AM MAGIC.

I’m also going to use the word MAGIC to remind myself how awesome I am. 2015 destroyed me and my self-confidence. Which is ridiculous, because I’m awesome.


2016 is going to be amazing!

P.S. I’ll be emailing more about my year of MAGIC, so be sure you’re on the list here to get those missives.

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  • Shannon January 3, 2016 at 10:04 pm edit

    Good for you! It sounds like you’ve got your head on straight and are embracing the path your life has taken. Congrats. Stay strong!

  • Monica Leonelle January 4, 2016 at 11:15 am edit

    Aww, really loved this post and love to see you surviving and thriving. I can tell you I was not this positive until at least 2 years out, so you are much stronger than you realize! And awesome. I’m sorry to hear that the whole thing destroyed your confidence, as you are really amazing and what happened had nothing to do with you.

    Also, 2016 WILL be a great year for you… really. I have so much confidence in that. You will love Austin and all the travel plans you have. You’ll make progress on your projects. You’ve come a very long way in a very short time in 2015… you really have. Just enjoy life now :)

  • Amy T Schubert January 5, 2016 at 5:24 pm edit

    Thank you :) Sometimes I feel like I’m doing pretty ok and I’m quite proud of myself for being stronger than I thought I could be.


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