Happy New Year 2018

Another year has passed and is in the history books. When a new year is beginning do you make new year’s resolutions? I always do, but I like to call them goals because that is what they are. We should always be setting new goals, or renewing old ones, each year. If you want to grow and change and achieve more then you need to be setting goals.

There is something about a new year starting that gets me excited about setting goals and striving to achieve them. I want to look at the good, the bad and the ugly of the past year and strive to be better.

New beginning

This year I have a few repeat goals but also a few new ones. Some people feel if they had a goal last year to lose weight and they failed to lose even one pound then they do not want to make that another goal for the new year. I disagree, I think we keep adding it to our goals until we no longer feel we need to lose that weight. A new year might give us the determination we need to meet that goal.

I am a person who likes to make lists and check things off. It helps me to be organized and there is great satisfaction in checking things off when they are done. When I pack for a trip I make a list of things to pack and check them off once they are in the suitcase, and when packing to return home I check them again to be sure I didn’t forget anything. Admittedly I don’t like it when I make a to-do list and things go unchecked for days or even weeks sometimes, but I have learned that this is okay. It is better to have a plan or a goal than to not plan at all and accomplish nothing. So if I have a yearly goal that never gets met I do not let it bother me. I may feel disappointed that I’m still working on it but I don’t let it get me down.

keep moving forward

My goals for this year are as follows.

  1. Stick to the low-carb diet I started in October 2017.
  2. Lose 9 more pounds.
  3. Write daily. Not necessarily blog daily but write daily.
  4. Blog 1-2 times weekly.
  5. Make more time for daily reading.
  6. Exercise more.
  7. Spend less money.

What are you goals for the new year? I’d love to hear them.


My Writing Journey

Growing up I didn’t read books as much as I do now. I was an average kid who played outside all the time and when it was time to come inside I was watching the television. I enjoyed writing though, although not stories so much as letters, notes, diary entries and lists. It’s too bad that someone, a parent or teacher, didn’t nurture that interest in writing at a young age. The public education system really needs to be overhauled, but that is a whole other story begging for its own blog post.

As I got older I started reading more and more, but writing less and less. Our electronic age has created a world where people do very little actual writing. However, true writers adapted quickly to this change and fell in love with their laptops. For me life got busy having children and being a stay-at-home mom. My children love reading and are both good writers as well. Now that my children are getting older I am getting that writing bug again. Actually I have had it for a couple of years now but have procrastinated on getting started.

The time seems right so I have started this blog to get me writing again. It is still new but I am excited and enjoying it so far. I am planning on just taking it one step at a time and see where this blog takes me. Who knows, I may get a new inspiration and completely change things. My goal is to write a book. I have several ideas but do not feel completely ready for that commitment so for now I will take it one step at a time, one day at a time. The task of writing a book sometimes sounds exciting and other times overwhelming, but if we wait until we feel 100% ready we will never move forward. Our goals should be big and stretch us a bit, or even a lot. I recently ate lunch at Panda Express and this was in my fortune cookie. This is a keeper.