A Writer’s Resolutions for the New Year

A Writer’s Resolutions for the New Year

By Christy English

When I first thought about this post, I was torn. Make a joke, or tell the truth? Well, I decided to do a little of both. Though of course the best jokes always contain the truth, so I’ll start with the category of Amusing Resolutions.

 

Amusing Resolutions

Chocolate

1) I want to cut back on sugar. For those of you who know me already, you know why this one falls in the category of a joke. I adore all things related to sugar: candy, chocolate, soda, chocolate…This adoration has been with me all my life, and I fear it will always stay with me. Of course, you never know.

 

2) I want to cut back on drinking Coca Cola. Again, notice that this is listed in the joke category.

Coca Cola

 

3) I want to stop reading in the middle of the night. I am a middle of the night insomniac. Instead of meditating on my breath or freaking myself out about all the things I need to do but haven’t gotten done yet, I read. And when I am reading a book by Lisa Kleypas or Grace Burrowes, I am up for at least two hours, sometimes more. Those women write addictive romances, but it is an addiction I don’t want to be cured of.

 

4) I want to exercise three times a week.  I know that this resolution sounds perfectly reasonable. I personally know people who work out much more often than this, and live happy, healthy, productive lives. I admire those people. I am not one of them, but I admire them. I also know myself well, and at this point this goal is a lofty one.

 

Resolutions I Might Actually Keep:

 

1) Keep a gratitude journal. My friend Donna Russo Morin does this, and has done it for years, and it brings her joy. The few times I have done the same, it has made my personal world a better place. It changes the frequency of my thoughts, from all that I have to do and have failed to do, to all that I have been given. Reminding myself of all my blessings is a practice I can develop daily.

 

Journals

 

2) Go to Yoga Class. Now, I know myself well, so I know that this is very unlikely to become a weekly habit, but if I would resume my yoga practice even once every two or three weeks, the benefits to my mind and body would be enormous. That sounds good to me.

mountain-yoga

 

3) Be Kind to Myself. This sounds odd, no doubt. But I think we are each our own worst critics. I think we expect a great deal of ourselves, and are cruel to ourselves when we fall short. So compassion for myself is a vow I am going to renew this 2016. I can and will treat myself with love, the same way I treat my friends. I deserve it. We all do.

 

 

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