As every New Year begins I spend time creating goals—or resolutions—for the coming year. As a psychologist and a professor in the field of research and psychology for twenty years, I have read and taught often about the positive results of goal-setting as a tool for self-direction and self-motivation. Ann Landers wisely wrote: “Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies.”

In December of every year, I also buy a new calendar book where I note scheduled appearances, speaking events and block out work time to get my writing goals completed for the new year. I also try to think out goals to improve physically, emotionally, and spiritually to try to be the best I can be in all these areas. As a person of faith, I believe God expects my best every day … so it’s for Him that I set goals, more than for myself. And it is with His help, too, that I am able to achieve them.

In the picture above you see me sitting by a lake in one of the beautiful state parks in South Carolina. One of our goals this year, when the weather warms and nature begins to dress in her green clothes again, is to visit the rest of the parks and finish that new guidebook. Last year we achieved half our goal, visiting 27 of the 54 state and national parks in South Carolina… so we’ve laid plans for how we can realistically visit the other parks before 2020 is finished. Along with this goal of completing a new guidebook, I plan to write at least one more mountain novel, as well—tentatively titled Seeking Ayita and set in Cherokee, North Carolina—and to hopefully begin the first book in a new coastal series called The Lighthouse Sisters. Additionally, my husband J.L. and I continue to slowly and prayerfully work on a devotional guide called A Journey of Words. On a happy announcement note also, in early April two new novels, that I hope you will love, publish: (1) HAPPY VALLEY, the first book in The Mountain Home Books, and (2) RETURN TO EDISTO, the second title in The Edisto Trilogy. You’ll be hearing more about these in my February and March newsletters …It looks like a busy year ahead with writing, travel, and new book promotions.

It’s such a blessing at the beginning of every new year and in every day to know ‘God wants above all things for me to prosper and be in health even as my soul prospers,’ that ‘He knows the plans He has for me, plans to prosper and not harm me, plans to give me hope and a future.’ [I Jn 3:2; Jer 29:11]. … He wants that for you, too, friend, and I’m sending you that positive message today in hopes that your new year’s goals will take you closer every day this year to all your best dreams and to your very best self ever… and, hopefully, closer to Him.

Best and blessings … See you in February!!

_____ Lin



Did you notice you didn’t see a Pop-Up to subscribe to this monthly newsletter? That’s because I decided, like many other authors, to post my newsletter on my website every month without asking my readers and fans to subscribe to yet another email subscription newsletter. … I personally don’t like subscription only newsletters, which often come much too frequently or are boring,  and I have found it also the very dickens to unsubscribe to them as well!

Anyway, I hope you will enjoy looking for this newsletter at the first of each month. At your convenience, you can pop over to read a short news note … learn what I’m working on in my writing, find out where I’m speaking or signing that month, and be alerted when I have new books coming out. I may later do a giveaway options here, too, and all without you needing to deal with yet another email…. Yeah!!! Also, while on my website, you can read my longer monthly Blog Post filled with photo illustrations, check over my Appearances page, or read a synopsis of one of my books. I really like the idea of having everything for my readers all in one place … and my website address couldn’t be easier to remember at:… Hope you love my new monthly newsletter. …. See you again next month!! … Lin