I normally don't celebrate New Year's, but I do use it as a chance to assess where I am and where I'm going.
I have a book coming out this year, a book ready to submit for next year, and I've re-read all the books in my series to fix consistency issues. I'm ready to start writing the next volume of the series, and I'm in the "sit and think" mode for it. I'm this close to starting to write.
I had hoped to retire from the Paycheck Job this year, but I may hold off. I'm nervous about the Republicans in power and what they will do to Medicare and Social Security, two things I'll rely on for retirement. I have a good job and I can hang on, but I'd rather leave while I'm still at the top of my game. So that's on hold, I think.
As others have posted, one thing that's a major difference this year than in years previous is my concern about social and government change. I am deeply suspicious about the new power structure in D.C. and I expect I'll need to commit more time to social issues, including marching, writing letters, calling elected officials, and other ways to be engaged. I haven't felt this way since the 1960s when I was thrown in jail for protesting the Vietnam War (it was a minor overnight stay, but one I'll never forget). It amazes me that I'm back to Protest Mode at this stage of my life.
The may be other changes coming up -- nothing to discuss here, but a few things may be looming on the horizon. But that's how life is -- it's full of changes, ups and downs. The most important thing I can do is try to maintain my own equilibrium and my own moral compass and act accordingly.
And of course, there's always my writing. This year I'm designing a new legal structure in my book. Now *this* will be fun.