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Returning from December

My, oh my! Welcome back to the post-holiday real world.

I don't think I've stopped running for two weeks straight and I don't know that I will for the next few weeks either. Things are crazy! But good crazy, you know?

As you probably saw, I joined Jamie Ridler and Shannon Ridler for the Kickin' It Old Skool Blogathon for the month of December- one prompt per day to bring the fun back to blogging.

And you know what? I almost made it. I wrote a response to each prompt, from Day 1 through Day 23. Then… well, Christmas happened. And visitors. And even some work.

I'm really proud of myself, though, for those 23 posts. That has to be a new monthly record for me and it felt really good to write every day, even if it was only a few sentences.

Even better, I "met" a bunch of new bloggers. Well, not necessarily new bloggers, but new to me. I learned about them and I even learned a little bit about myself. It was a lot of fun.

Now December is well over and January is underway. I've been working on some things behind the scenes here for the last few months (with the help of my cosmic crew whom I will introduce at some point) and I'll be sharing bits of that throughout the month.

Later this week I'll also share my word of the year. Oh, it's a good one.

But today I just wanted to pop on with a little hello. How are you surviving the post-holiday/back-to-real-life transition?


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