Hello 2021. I’m cautiously optimistic to meet you.

Often, this time of year, I write a blog about my year in review, but I think I'm going to pass this time. I've never been so eager to see a year leave through the back door as I have for 2020, and I know I'm not alone.

Personally, I lost a longtime, very dear friend to cancer. I know there's been tremendous loss, and my heart goes out to everyone who is grieving right now. You are not alone. There is a time for grief, but we are never without hope.

Because of Covid, our family, like many families, couldn't be together this holiday seasons. The rules in our area state that a single person could have one other person spend Christmas with them, so Norm and I decided I would go to my daughter who presently lives five hours away. (I say presently because she is soon moving back to Kelowna where Norm and I live – yay!) It's the first time in 33 years that we as a couple have spent the holidays apart. Norm spent Christmas with two of our sons. Strange times we live in.

Spending so much more time at home, (and I'm a bonafide homebody already!) has given me more time for contemplation and reflection. Hitting my mid fifties (okay, a little beyond) has also contributed to my reflections on “How then shall we live?”

I've concluded that life is too short and too precious to waste it by being anxious or busy. I'm determined to spend more time outdoors and with my family in 2021. Though I love my work, and of course, there will be more books (!), balance in life is so important. Finding peace in turbulent times is necessary for our mental health and I hope in this year you can find your way to Peace.

Memorable for its simplicity. Tasia, my daughter, spoiled me with a pair of classy sunglasses and a wonderful, super soft scarf. I stayed for several days to help her clean and pack to move.

In book news: 4 maybe 5 Ginger Gold books are coming your way this year along with 3 Rosa Reed. I'm currently working on Ginger Gold 15, Murder at Royal Albert Hall where I delve into the mystery of Ambrosia's past. I think you'll really like this one! It's releasing the end of March. But you won't have to wait that long for a new Lee Strauss release. Murder at the Races, the 6th Rosa Reed is coming this February!

Do you have any goals or plans for 2021? Let me know in the comments.

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