Do you ever have that feeling of not just seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, but actually emerging through it and being free? That's how I feel today. Yesterday was my last day of school, and it has been a tough year. It was tough for a variety of reasons, from my own anxiety issues to having a host of unmotivated students to having a leadership position to being hired for a new job for next year to some un-fun health scares, but the point is that my time is [almost] now my own. I have a puppy and a young child, so it's never really all my own, but I wouldn't change that for anything in the world :).
The most exciting thing about this freedom is that I have the motivation and the time to WRITE. I am going to finish Where Gravel Roads Lead Home this summer. I will. I need to be writing to stay sane. Beyond that, I'm going to practice saying "no" to things I don't want to do. I'm going to live in the light at the end of the tunnel that was this year, and I am not going to let anyone bring me back to the darkness. I hope that you all do the same.