Each January, I choose a word of the year. This year, my word, my theme, is EMBRACE! I plan to try to embrace my writing life. If I can’t embrace it, I’m going to try to ditch it–either not do it (and quit feeling guilty about not doing it), outsource it…something. I love picture books, particularly poetry and nonfiction. I’m going to embrace this by focusing my reading on picture books and not feeling guilty about not keeping up with novels and older nf. I love writing, and I’m going to embrace it by ruthlessly cutting some non-writing tasks from my should-do list. I don’t always love promotion, but I’m going to continue to embrace it as a way to show love for books and thankfulness to my publishers. By purposely embracing the things I think are most valuable, I hope to have an even more positive, less stressed life.