Eyes Forward for 2015 (plus, a GIVEAWAY!)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy New Year!

That sound you’re hearing? Oh, nothing. It’s just Cold-Cough-Headache-Chills trying to roll up in here and ruin the party. Jerk. I’ve been ignoring that fool for two days now, and I think I might win this thing. (Just nod and offer me more tea, please.)

Anyway, here we are, friends. It’s 2015. A fresh, new year with a clear path ahead.

ClearPath-NicoleBlades | Ms. Mary Mack

In the past, I’ve tried to come up with my one-word for the year. The word that would help guide my thoughts and intentions. A word that would serve as my theme as I marched into the newness of the year. But 2014 blew through here, nearly taking the door of its hinges as it left. And especially near the end of the year, with the all the heartbreak and cruelty and injustice threatening to gobble us up whole, so many of us felt lost. Felt like we were struggling. Like we were wrestling.

But there were good things too. My healthy family. My new niece. Celebrations. Reunions. Friends. Laughter. Happiness. The Youngster soaking up every bit of joy this curious, spinning world has to offer him. And the utter delight of basking in this kid’s glow.

Torrey-Pines-Beach_NBlades | Ms. Mary Mack

So instead of finding one word for 2015, I think I’m going to just open the blank page of this ever-entertaining book and wait for them to appear, relishing in each one as it comes.

And speaking of books, I think this is a good day for a GIVEAWAY!

Ravi Howard, writer, father, MMM guest contributor, and certified homey, has a new novel out called Driving the King. And today is his pub date. The book is already receiving great reviews, including — sniff — from The New York Times. Very excited for Ravi. That guy deserves all the shine and more.

Now, here’s where you come in. The kind folks at HarperCollins have offered up TWO books for this giveaway. And all you have to do is leave a comment below about one thing you’re looking forward to in 2015. That’s it.

Leave you comment below, and the TWO lucky winners will be announced later this month.

Oh, and stay tuned for more giveaways and book talk this year on MMM. We’re diving in, people. Be ready.


Be sure to stop by MMM’s Facebook Page and say hey for the New Year.  And “Like” us, if you haven’t already.

  • 1
    Cynthia K says:

    Oh, this book would be perfect as part of the reading challenge I’m doing this year!

    • 1.1
      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      Reading challenge. Do tell? What’s involved? Do you have a number you’re trying to hit this year?

  • 2
    Kristin says:

    I’m looking forward to continuing to see the Good even when it all looks Bad. It’s tough so far, though. But it’s there.

    (I’m going to buy the book — as in on paper, not device — anyway, so you don’t need to include me in the giveaway.)

    • 2.1
      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      That is a noble and necessary effort, Kristin. I’m with you.

      And thanks for the support, as always!

  • 3
    Anna says:

    I know it’s still January, but I’m already looking forward to summer!!

  • 4
    Gee says:

    I’m looking forward to date nights, run time, and outdoor time with the Fiver and his sister.

    • 4.1
      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      Yes, yes to date nights and run time. And big yes to outdoor time with the young’uns. Thanks for the comments, Gee.

  • 5
    Nicole says:

    I’m looking forward to running a BQ time at the NJ Marathon April 26. Just putting it out there in the universe…….

  • 6
    Lucy says:

    Looking forward to lots, including more Zentangle time.

  • 7
    Jennifer says:

    I am looking forward to reading the rest of your essay in Dimity and Sarah’s new book! Just “found” you through AMR’s podcast. Cracked up listening to your reading.

    • 7.1
      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      Haha! Thank you, thank you. Very kind of you, Jennifer. That podcast was a blast.