June Converse

My Journey from Awareness to Acceptance to Authenticity

This will be the last blog of the year! Can you believe it? I’ve been blogging for over 4 years. I hope – sincerely hope – I’ve helped just ONE person. If you’ve read my heart vs head debate, we (Dave and I together) agreed to follow my heart for 2021. One year at a time.

2020 The Strangest Year

Of course, when we think of 2020, we think COVID and Elections! Both stressful and frustrating and just plain ol’ discouraging. But we weren’t just mask-covered citizens. We were productive and creative and brave. I beg you to take 20 minutes to reflect on all YOU MADE HAPPEN in 2020.

Here are some of my accomplishments:

  • Journey to Hope was completed and published
  • 8+3 Novel Writing Course kicked-off
  • I started a neighborhood book club in an effort to make friends
  • I started a friend’s online book club to keep us from going bonkers and losing connections
  • I found a way (mostly) to stop buying things I don’t need
  • We decided where to retire and now can start actively looking around
  • I bonded with cousins I haven’t really known (Debra and Holly – lovin’ lovin’ you)
  • I found a great publisher (Lisa!) and a great great social media chicky (Emily!)
  • My kid graduated college – yes, that’s not mine – but come on, it kinda was
  • I continued teaching classes at OLLI and being involved in critique groups
  • Held kid move to Chicago and start her new business (conversestudios.com)
  • Got a new puppy – Ripley! Yikes!
  • I’ve made big plans for 2021

Please send me your list!  Let’s celebrate our BRAVERY.

All of my novels, at least so far, have an element of mental illness within a character. Decide to Hope is the most autobiographical in that I struggle in many ways exactly as the female protagonist.
- J.C.
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