Happy New Year

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!

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I took a hiatus last week to fully enjoy the holiday festivities with friends and family, and I hope you did the same.

I’m actually going to use this post to let you all know some big changes are coming in 2020. Not just because it’s a new decade, but because I want to step up my game. As an author, as a professional.

So consider this post your invitation to get ready and hyped about it.

Let me catch you up on some highlights.

Graduation was such an exciting moment. One I’ve literally dreamt of since I was 8 years old (that’s 22 years!). I was even surprised with being named a highlighted graduate by the university’s president, who told a stadium full of people about my doctoral work. To say I was overwhelmed is an understatement.

We spent our holiday in Pennsylvania, just like the song. And while we didn’t get snow, we got to be surrounded by love and family. And I always enjoy getting to see the hills that grow into mountains up there. The drive is really lovely.

Here’s what to expect in next week’s post:

I’ll be making a few announcements about the direction I’ll be taking this writing enterprise in 2020. I’ve been hard at work to make some much-needed changes that will more meaningfully speak to you all. It will be great to finally share them and get feedback.

I’m also going to dive deeper into things. Yes, I intentionally am making that a general statement. No great details for now, so watch this space. I’m not big into massive New Year’s resolutions, but I’m all about meaningful and purposeful efforts to improve things.

So here’s my wish for you before we ring in the New Year:

That your life be rich with fellowship,

Your needs are amply met,

And that love will always find you.

In Courage & Care,

Samantha

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