Voice from the Middle

Hello 2018

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I’m glad. But then, I’m always glad. With another year beginning, it seems like anything is possible.  Always optimistic, I start everyday with the motto, “this is the first day of the rest of my life” and I try to start all over again.

Being in my 50s, new year’s resolutions have lost their luster. But I still try to have an overarching theme to each year.

Last year, my theme was writing. I did fairly well. I started this blog; got a few freelance pieces sold; and started quite a few short stories that I’m still editing. I’ll continue that  theme into the years ahead, but what is my theme for 2018?

It took me until February to figure it out, but when I did — I knew it was as right as hot fudge on chocolate ice cream.


I haven’t taken time for hobbies for so long. While my kids grew up, I got out of the habit of focusing on anything I might want to do and did what they wanted. Or why start a project because there would inevitably be an event to interrupt.

There were so many things I’ve done in the past and would love to pick up again. Like stained glass, my violin playing, travel, learning new languages, etc., etc., etc.What about you? Tell me a hobby you are starting up for the first time or again.

— Namaste

P.S. Also, one 2017 resolution was to get a hearing aid.
“Excuse me. I didn’t quite catch that.”


By Debra Happe

Debra Happe is a writer and marketing professional based in Des Moines, Iowa. Debra does business, magazine, and freelance copywriting work. Specialties include science-based, environmental, and technological. Connect on LinkedIn for professional inquiries.

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