Monday, January 09, 2017

The resolution route - Kandy Shepherd

Happy New Year to all my lovely Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs friends! Whether you’re sweltering in heat-waves like we are Down Under or delighting in record snow falls I wish you all the best for 2017.

Did you make some New Year resolutions? By January 9 mine are usually well and truly broken so this year I decided not to make any. They’re inevitably the same anyway: lose weight, get fitter, budget better etcetera, etcetera. I know I want to do all that stuff but I might succeed if I look at them in a less punitive way! My dietician-in-training daughter is telling me it's all about mindfulness and I'm investigating that too.

But of course the one thing I do intend to do is to continue to enjoy writing romance novels—and reading them too!

What about you? Are you a resolution maker—or not? Have you ever made a resolution you were very glad you made? Do make a comment as I’d love to hear about it.

(If you're in the mood for relaxing rather than making resolutions, my fun, sensual holiday novella, Millionaire Under the Mistletoe is at e-retailers for just $0.99.

Kandy Shepherd is a multi-published, award-winning author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She lives on a small farm in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her family and a menagerie of four-legged friends.

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Laney4 said...

I have said before on this blog that I don't make resolutions. I have "words of the year" instead that I try to keep in mind. It has been ruthless (as in getting rid of as much "stuff" around the house as possible), balance (as in doing things for others, but adding more things for me to be done too), and cleanse (as in purging myself from toxic friends, emails and "stuff"). My current word, though, is my favorite: "Nike" (as in "Just Do It" - because I have ONE word of the year and not three, LOL).

Yes, I am really glad I came up with "Just Do It" (Nike) last year, as I have continued to use it again this year as my mantra. Whenever I see a drawer open, I close it. Rather than putting items on the steps to take upstairs later, I take them now. If I see a dishwasher to unload, I empty it now (or give it a few minutes for my husband to do instead, LOL). Rather than leaving stuff out on my night table all day, I put it out of sight, even though I'll drag it all out again that night.

The other words worked well for their times too (and continue to work well). I AM indeed sifting through our "assets" and putting as much as I can into our yard sale and giveaway piles (often the moment items enter the house). I AM scheduling things to do for myself. And, it took 5 years, but we HAVE purged our toxic "friends" out of our lives and my emails are way down.

I began keeping track in high school of the number of books I would read, and since then (1973) I have read over 250 books every year. I don't consider it a resolution, but it IS something that gives me great joy (although one year I was way down, so I read like a fiend in December to compensate; it wasn't so much of a joy but a job that year)....

So ... all's good here! Happy New Year, Kandy!

dstoutholcomb said...

no resolutions, no words of the year, just living life day-by-day


Kandy Shepherd said...

Laney, your New Year words should be my New Year words! Decluttering is something I so need to do - we are a family of hoarders. My husband found a sticker of Just Do It and stuck it over my desk - he meant it for my writing but of course it applies to everything doesn't it.

Well done on the 250 books. I read a lot but haven't actually counted.

Happy New Year! xx

Kandy Shepherd said...

Denise, I'm echoing your words. That's me this year too!

Happy New Year! xx