New Year, New Focus

I went to a psychic once in Las Vegas. (Bare with me.) I was there with a group of friends for a bachelorette party, this was about five years ago. On a whim, we decided to visit Old Town and as we were walking we spotted a little shack in the middle of the sidewalk. We stepped inside the tiny trailer and huddled around a woman and her table. The trailer was clean and tidy. No unnecessary frills, thrills, skulls, or crystal balls. Each girl took a turn and to my surprise, instead of predicting the future she dug into our pasts and advised us on the current predicaments in our lives.

My hands were sweaty when it was my turn. She asked me whether I wanted my palm read or if I wanted the tarot cards. I chose the cards. She gave me a lot of sage advice, but the one aspect of our session that stood out to me was when she looked me in the eyes and said, “You have a lot of chaotic but powerful energy bouncing around inside of you, but you have no idea how to control it. You could achieve amazing things if you can find a way to wrangle and focus that energy.”

Obligatory disclaimer: I realize that her observation can apply to just about any creative soul, but hey, it’s a good reminder right?

So what does this have to do with 2017? My mission, my goal, my pledge to myself is to take that energy and focus it on my book(s). I haven’t been taking myself seriously as a writer. I have had multiple offers from people to beta-read my current novel and I haven’t allowed anyone to see it yet. Every time I think it’s ready to be handed off, my heart starts racing and I remember ten different things that MUST be changed before anyone else can read it. I get overwhelmed with my ideas and it all becomes too much. So I sit on my couch and binge-watch Gilmore Girls and waste time. I’m not focusing my energy. I let it get out of control and to cope, I ignore it. I ignore everything creative in my life because it’s too much work to harness that chaotic energy.

2017 has a lot in store for me, I can feel it in my core. I’m excited to learn, grow, share, love, and focus.

Thank you for following.

Happy New Year.


Do you have any resolutions or thoughts about the new year? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.


Author: Rachel McKee

I love reading about everything. I'm not a book snob. Lately I have been "reading" a lot of picture books to my toddler and baby. In my past life before motherhood, I was a professional technical editor and writer.

16 thoughts on “New Year, New Focus”

  1. I used to read tarot cards for people (yes, I was the “psychic in the trailer” – but, like the one you went to, there were very little frills – apart from a few scented candles and I dressed up a bit – and it was often in college student lounges). Anyway, when I did, I didn’t bother with “you will meet a tall, handsome stranger” or “your tax return will pay off your student loans”. I knew that wasn’t the real reason people want their cards read, anyway. Whether people believe that “this works” or not, I’ve seen plenty of evidence in my life that there are more forces at play in the universe than humans know about or can understand. And since I knew nothing about my patrons ahead of time, there was some sort of reason why they shuffled the cards the way they did. (I never shuffled for them – on the advice of the person who taught me.)

    What your experience was reminded me very strongly of how I used to act – I read the cards for the basics, then gave the person the answers they were truly looking for – that boost of self-esteem, or the encouragement to take that job, end that relationship, change their major, curb their impulse spending – whatever their particular issue was.

    Good for you for determining to refocusing yourself.

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    1. That’s incredibly interesting Daley. I’m a believer that there are people who have the ability to open themselves and “read” what another is going through. I’ve been to a few psychics and I’ve always had very incredible and rewarding experiences. I seldom tell people about it bc a lot of people scoff or don’t believe. I’ve witnessed and heard some truly remarkable things in these sessions.

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      1. There are some con artists out there, with no conscience, and they give the whole idea a bad reputation. A lot of people think the idea of being able to see into the future, in any respect, is laughable. But since the beginning of humanity, we’ve all had experiences that can’t be explained by science or “conventional” wisdom.

        When I read cards (I didn’t like crystal balls and such – just didn’t click for me), the others I studied with would send patrons to me, because I had a reputation for being honest and accurate, and patrons appreciated it. (Financially, yes, but also for what I gave them that was more important than their money’s worth – I’m big on honesty – as tactful as possible – but I really feel there’s no point in lying when someone asks for your opinion).

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  2. My dear friend.
    You are a great literary writer. Because you have:
    1) an unusual ability to think, imagine, anzlyser and organize.
    2) Your ideal world, with its principles and its balance.
    3) a literary democracy.
    4) a personality with a unique psychic and phisic charm.
    My dear: Use your inner energy, strong. Think of nobody when you write, think of nobody when you post, think of nobody when you throw a book … that’s what I do, as artist creator .

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