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By Carol Perkins

Starting a new year is like beginning a new book. Like almost everyone else, I start the year vowing to make this one the best yet, but the long, dull days with little sunshine push me into the darkness of food, sleep, and indifference. I either read until the last page or a little at a time. Not this year! I'm going to do better and focus on the entire book and the happiness each chapter brings.

I have decided to focus on what makes me happy (besides family because that is a given) in 2020 and not let go of them. Let me think.

Doing the radio show makes me happy. Each Tuesday, Susan Chambers and I meet at the 99.1 office in Edmonton and without much of a plan, sit in front of live microphones and talk. We aren't thinking about the nineteen counties in the listening area who are working as we chat or those driving to and from one destination or another or those sitting next to the radio in their homes. As if we are in our living rooms having a cup of coffee, we chat with the audience. Susan and Carol-Unscripted is a perfect chance for us to interact with people. So, that is one thing that makes me very happy.

Having lunch each month with my group of longtime friends is a time I cherish. We come from Liberty, Campbellsville, Greenburg, Glasgow, Louisville, and Edmonton (Metcalfe County) to spend a couple of hours catching up. Since Judy's death (our good friend and the first in our group to pass), keeping the tradition has not been easy, but we have only missed one month and that was December. Sickness kept us from getting together. We all know that if we allow another month and then another to go by, we will grow further apart. They are my support system and being with them makes me happy.

Writing is my source of constant happiness. When someone tells me that my articles make them laugh, those words are like a dose of medicine to a sick person. One of my readers (Marge Kinslow) calls me (which I am happy that she does) to tell me where she has mailed my articles and how she loved this one or that one. Marge is one of my precious fans. The ladies from my sister-in-law's (Carolyn Berry) church at South Fork Baptist Church give me a lift as Carolyn relays their comments. I'm not an egotistical person, but a writer needs feedback, as well as an audience, and the newspapers who carry my articles have given me an outlet. That makes me happy.

Going to the movies is one of my favorite things to do, but Guy doesn't like movies except on TV. What do I do? Go by myself. I am not bothered by sitting alone with my popcorn and a drink. I have friends to call, but often I decide at the last minute and off I go. I have never been bothered by eating alone, shopping alone, going to the movie alone, or driving distances alone. I get a lot of thinking done when I'm alone.

I am a project-oriented person who is never without ideas of what I want to do; however, I am often without motivation. This year I'm going to do better. Join me in finding what makes you happy and focus on them in 2020. Happy New Year!

Follow Susan and Carol-Unscripted on 99.1 the Hoss in Edmonton on Tuesdays from 10amCT to 11amCT and replay on Sundays from 4pmCT to 5pmCT. Listen to Carol's podcast at for entertaining stories and a replay of Susan and Carol-Unscripted.

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