Dear Reader,

I hope you had an amazing holiday season. In fact, I hope you had an amazing year.

You didn’t hear much from me this year. I’ve been creating and existing in silence and needed the break. I’m sure you needed it too.

But now we are at the dawn of a new year and you know how much I LOVE resolutions and re-starts. I’m learning to love the re-starts. I’ve had so many of them in my life.

Last year, I used three words to guide me in my life and the choices I made. The words were trust, enjoy, and cultivate.  I didn’t know how it was going to work in 2017. In fact, at the end of 2016, I was in so much pain and still reeling from things that I was willing to give anything a try.

My friend, George “Urban Jibaro” Torres, founder of, turned me on to this thing.  He talked me through his words and then the process of it which isn’t difficult other than the fact that you have to be honest with yourself.  He gave me homework and I sat with the questions he gave me. We talked on the phone for two hours. I came away with pumped with the thought of thinking of these three words.

And through the year, I kept track of my words reflecting each week in my Bullet Journal on how I incorporated those words.

Here’s what it looked like in practice.


Even during the hurricane and the death of my sister and a depressive episode, I kept them up.  And now I look at 2017 and it was a good year. Despite it all, it was a good year.

I trusted the universe to provide what I needed when I needed it. And it did! Though sometimes it cut a bit close.

I enjoyed my life more and found things that I enjoyed that I didn’t know I was. The simple pleasures in life.

I cultivated not only new relationships but relationships that mattered to me, skills that I needed to, and even some walking muscles.

Could there have been more? Of course. But I am only scratching the surface on this thing and I’m working this new system.

However, for my writing, I need something more structured which means that this year. I didn’t produce as much work as I’d like and I didn’t finish what work I had on my 2017 slate. I felt I was more productive (in the number of work) in 2016, however, I think I had a bigger impact in 2017.

Me reading at the Museum of Fine Arts – Houston.

For this year, I will have a combination of resolutions (like in 2016) and my three words.  I don’t know what words I will choose in for 2018 and the writing resolutions but I’m getting some ideas.

And of course, I’ll keep you posted on my progress throughout the year.

Keep warm, everyone!