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Birthday: A Day of Memory & Hope

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My mother’s birthday was on the fifteenth of September. It was the ninth year that I “celebrated” her birthday without her.

My mother died nine years ago, in 2008. In the beginning it was hard. I was especially close with my mom. I told her everything, or as much as any teenage girl told their mom anyway. Even when I went off to college to live in the dorms, I used to stay up late talking to her on the phone.

It’s been nine years since my mother died. I still think about her everyday. Lately, I’ve been thinking about her more, since the birth of my daughter. I wish that my mom could have lived to see my daughter.

But things happen and you can’t change the past. You can only go forward in life.

Every year, I think of my mom on her birthday. I think of how she died. I think of the memories that we shared when I was a child, a teenager, and a college student. Her birthday is not just another day. It is a day to remember the woman who gave birth to me. It is a day to remember the influence that she had on me. And finally, it is a day to remember and then pass the memories on to my child.

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2016: A Look Ahead

Another year is about to end. 2015 has undoubtedly been a great year for me. I graduated. I wrote and finished my first novel. I’ve went on job interviews. I’ve had a few internships. I’ve started blogging (again). I increased my social media presence, connecting with fellow writers and professionals in my intended industry.

All of these things have allowed me to continue growing. And I intend to keep growing in 2016 while satisfying a few goals. One may call them New Year’s Resolutions. But why commit myself to calling them New Year’s Resolutions when many are destined to fail. Instead, I will call them goals and leave it at that. No commitment, no pressure. Just me doing a couple of things next year simply because I want to.

2016 Goals

  1. Find a job in the social media, PR, marketing or higher education industries.
  2. Start paying off my student loans.
  3. Read 50 books.
  4. Finish editing and revising my Nanowrimo 2015 novel.
  5. Get my Nanowrimo 2015 novel published.

And that’s it. For now.

What are your goals for 2016?