It’s New Year’s Eve and millions of people out there are making their New Year’s Resolutions. Do you have one? I had two main goals for 2013: more family time and less stress.

A lot of amazing things have happened this past year. Many, many things for which I am grateful. We traveled a lot, including trips to Ireland and Hawaii. In fact, my son started doing schooling at home, in part, so we could travel more often. And my career has continued to thrive thanks to self-publishing, allowing for even more opportunities for myself and my family.

But there is one area that hasn’t changed. In fact, if anything, it’s gotten worse… my stress level. I come from a family of easily stressed people. Yoga, meditation, journaling; I’ve tried it all, and it does work. But that’s the problem…it takes dedication and lots of time.

Because of traveling, and because my son is doing his schooling at home, this past year I’ve had less time to work on my stress level and being positive. Something has to give. Unfortunately, the only thing I can give up is blogging at Magical Musings. My own personal blog has fallen to the wayside and sadly, this one must go too.

I hate to say good bye. As a writer we are often alone, and being a part of Magical Musings has made me feel like I’m working in a group setting, and not so isolated. I’ve gotten to know some amazing authors and wonderful readers through this group. But for my own sanity, I have to say adieu.

Many people tend to get depressed during New Year’s. They don’t see the possibilities, but only more disappointment. I admit, I used to be one of those people. But so many wonderful things have happened since I started changing my attitude that I can’t help but be excited about another year, and what the future holds. The travel, the time with my son, my career; there are so many things to wish for, so many things to work for. But mLoriBrighton_ANightofForever_800y number one priority will be spending time on myself; time to find my “Zen,” if you will. I know if you really want something, you can achieve it. It might take work, belief, and most importantly determination, but you can do whatever you set your heart and mind to, and I am determined to be more Zen.

I want to thank you for being so supportive. I’ve loved getting to know you all and I look forward to seeing you around the writing community and FaceboMind readersok. My hope for you this New Year is that you find your own Zen, whatever that may be!

But before I let go of my last blog here at Magical Musings, I have to do one more giveaway! Just leave a comment and I’ll pick five winners to receive a prize package of a LoriBrighton_demonHunter_800pxSmashwords coupon for all of my self-published Ebooks! Which books, you might be wondering?

Adult Ebooks:

The Demon HMake Me A Match Cover 2-1unter, book 2 (book 1, The Ghost Hunter, is already free!)

A Night of Secrets (the companion novella, A Night of Forever, is already free!)

Young Adult Ebooks:The Mind Keepers Cover

The Mind Thieves, book 2 (book 1, The Mind Readers, is free!)

The Mind Games, book 3

The Mind Keepers, Novella

Make Me a Match

If you’d like a chance to win a coupon for a free Ecopy, just leave a comment! And thanks to everyone at Magical Musings, and all of you readers for a wonderful time here!

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5 Responses to Adieu

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Lori, I love your attitude, your determination, and your goals. I’ll miss you on MM! You’re not just a great writer, you’re a great person, too. 🙂

  2. Cindy C says:

    Lori, you know I loved your book Ghost Hunter! and it was such a pleasure to meet you at Indie Con This year! Best of luck with your new books. Can’t wait to read those too!

  3. Lori, you will be missed, but it is never a mistake to go with what you know is right for you. I hope 2014 delivers everything you need it to!

  4. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Lori,

    I’m so sorry to hear you are leaving! I do wish you the best…and please come back and visit! 🙂
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Knock, Knock… book 5 of the Psychic Visions series is on SALE now!

  5. marilynbrant says:

    I’m sorry you won’t be a part of MM anymore, but I completely understand and wish you a wonderful 2014! Hope you’ll stop by and visit us sometimes ;).
    marilynbrant`s last blog was …Welcome to Author Maria Grace!

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