Resolutions? I think not

Hello Friends! Happy New Year.

The tree is drooping. The gifts have been unwrapped. The holiday shopping, decorations, food and parties are a memory. 2016 is here.

Time to make those resolutions.

Last year, I set these goals for myself:

  1. Goodreads Reading Challenge: 35 books
  2. Perform an act of kindness everyday
  3. Workout everyday
  4. Quit day job and write full time
  5. Publish Letting Go

The following are the results of said goals:

  1.  I read less than 20 books and felt guilty.
  2. On many days, my only act of kindness was to convince son no. 2 to brush his teeth before leaving the house. You’re welcome.
  3. shoved put my Fitbit in a drawer in June.
  4. This might have worked if no one expected Christmas gifts or food or toilet paper. It is nearly impossible very difficult to earn a living writing.
  5. Totally did it.

This year, I have one attainable short-term goal. To eat this. That’s right, Oprah. You can’t control me!


Yes, this is a 2.5 lb Sampler

As for the rest, I’ll wing it. I’ll read for joy and there will be no self-imposed contest on how fast I’ll do it. Kindness will always be on my agenda, unless of course, I run out of chocolate. Then I can’t be responsible for my behavior. I may have to go to the gym once I imbibe the huge box pictured above, but I make no promises to myself. If I sit on the couch for an entire Saturday binge watching Homeland, I will feel no guilt. Book #3? Working on it.

I’ll take each day as it comes and look forward to the unknown.

If you decide to challenge yourself to lofty goals or have no plan whatsoever,  I wish you a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year.

Whatever we do, let’s do it together. xo

Happy New Year!

christmas-2014-24649743As we embark on another new year, we are surrounded by goals and promises thrown about like confetti.  I’m not one of those people who makes resolutions like dieting, or exercising everyday, or being nicer to my children.

It works out much better for me this way. When I eat an apple instead of cake, go for a walk with the girls at the beach, or not lose patience with the boys, I’m pleasantly surprised…

This year, I’ll just continue writing and reading as much as possible, and keep to my Chocolate-tarian diet: a diet I’ve perfected, where chocolate accompanies every meal. You should try it. I guarantee it will make you happy and you’ll never quit.

Today is January 2nd. My children went to school and I had the day off. We’re expecting a snowstorm later, so schools will be closed tomorrow and we’ll be hunkered down, cozy in the house, while the howling, frigid winds and white stuff surround us.  

Do you know what that means?

I’ll have another full day to write!

Occasionally, I might stop to fortify myself. I’ve strategically placed a healthy bowl of chocolate kisses beside me (I don’t even have to get up from the couch).

Hypothetically, if I were to make resolutions, I would promise to self-publish this year, read 40 books, finish another manuscript, blog more often, and spend more quality time with our boys (without TV or handheld devices).

Hypothetically, I’d devote more time to these tasks, somehow further manipulate my schedule around my job and packed schedules of two active children.

These are some I would make, if I was the type of person to make resolutions — which I’m not.

Does anyone else not make New Year resolutions?  I’d love to know.

I hope 2014 brings you good health and happiness.

I saw this New Year quote from Brad Paisley and thought I would share it:

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.”