A Cowgirl’s New Year’s Resolutions

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According to a recent survey 38% of us will go through the ritual of making New Year’s resolutions this year. Sad to say, only 8% of the resolutions will make it to January 2nd. As someone once said, even the best intentions go in one year and out the other. That’s probably because we insist upon making resolutions that involve giving up something (smoking) or getting rid of something (weight, debt).

 
I don’t know what resolutions they made in the Old West, but I’m willing to bet that giving up or getting rid of something was not on anyone’s priority list. It was more like getting something (land or gold). Early settlers probably didn’t do any better than us modern folks in keeping their resolutions, but you have to give them credit: some died trying.

 
I plan to take my best shot at keeping my New Year’s resolutions this year—but dying is where I draw the line.

A Cowgirl’s Resolutions for 2015

 

Lose the extra five pounds on my hips. From now on, pack only one gun instead of two.

Make an effort to see the good in everyone. Even barbed wire has its good points.

Stop treatin’ suspicion as abs’lute proof.

Be more generous. No more keepin’ opinions to myself.

Make exercise a priority—for my horse.

Practice my quick draw with my gun—not my VISA card.

Keep from taking sides during a shoot-out, especially shoot-outs involving family members.

Avoid stampedes by shopping online.

Limit time spent on the open range. That www dot brand sure can waste a lot of time.

Clean out closets. Nothing (or no one) should hang that doesn’t deserve to be hung.

And finally: Stop holding up shopping carts and forcing people to buy my book.

 

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I told you my resolutions, now tell me yours. Afraid you won’t keep them?

Not to worry. I promise not to tell if you don’t die trying.

 

 

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Margaret Brownley
Margaret has published more than 40 books and is a N.Y. Times Bestselling author and two-time Romance Writers of America Rita Finalist. She writes historical novels set--where else?--in the Old West! She has written for a day time soap and is currently working on a new series. Not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence.
Updated: December 13, 2014 — 7:50 am

23 Comments

  1. I don’t make resolutions because I never keep them. But I would like to try to not let little things worry or stress me out so much.

  2. Hi Janine, I know what you mean. Those little things can drive you crazy. Why don’t you make a resolution to do something really nice for yourself? Or something that’s fun to do? I found those to be the easiest resolutions to keep.

    Have a happy New Year!

  3. I just need to get back into exercising again.

  4. Hi Quilt Lady,
    You’re not alone in that regard. Meet you at the gym.

    Meanwhile, have a Happy New Year!

  5. My husband and I since we have been married make a list of 3 to 5 things each. We usually accomplish about 3 each which isn’t to bad. But my big goals this year are to walk lots more,no caffeine and not to fear take over parts of my life. We just found out we are going to have a baby!!! Im hoping it will be a new year of blessings since a little over a year ago we had two miscarriages. One early one and one to far into the pregnancy. But we aren’t going to live in the fear this year.

    1. Oh, Cori, your message brought a tear to my eye. I’m so happy for you and your husband. What great way to start a new year!

  6. I’ve learned to make my resolutions easier so this year it’s going to be to read more – surely I can accomplish that!

    1. Catslady, yay! Read more. That should be on all our lists!

      Have a great New Year!

  7. These are good ones. They made me laugh. Love the “barbed wire” one. Good points!! Happy New Year!

    1. Charlene, thank you! Wishing you a happy New Year and continued success!

  8. These were really funny!

    I have decided to only make resolutions that I think I can keep. Soooo ….I resolve to read Petticoat detective.
    Then I will read one new author every month! Yep I think I can handle this!

    1. Hi Connie, that’s some resolution. Yep, I bet you can handle it.

      Happy, happy New Year and reading!

  9. Margaret, I thought I’d given up New Year’s resolutions until I read your list! LOL I am rethinking that now! Loved your post, and I’m really looking forward to Petticoat Detective!
    Cheryl

    1. Cheryl, thank you! Happy, happy New Year!

  10. Loved reading your resolutions–got a chuckle out of me…

    When the kids were young, I had a wooden box. On New Years Day we would each write our list of resolutions (usually 1-3.) The next year on New Years, we would take out our lists and see if we had kept any of them. Usually not! (LOL.) After a few years, it seemed like the lists were the same every year and they went by the wayside. That box still sits on my mantle and probably has a few old resolutions in it yet–and my kids have grown and left the nest.

    1. Kathryn,your wooden box sounds like a lot of fun. Me thinks there’s a story there, somewhere. Hmm.

      Thanks for sharing and happy New Year!

  11. I don’t really make resolutions but I always think of GOALS that I want to start working on throughout the year. When I think of the word – GOALS – it works for me!

    1. Vairi, that a good idea. Goals sounds so much more positive than resolutions. Thanks for the tip.

      Happy New Year!

  12. A great set of resolutions! Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks, Linda. Happy New Year to you, too!

  13. Loved your resolutions. Am new to this electronic stuff so if you get this twice please forgive. I have a retail firearms store and offer gunsmithing and ebngraving and refinishing as well as products. Also own the Original Hawken Shop as gun building co started in the early 1800’s so especially liked your resolutions,

  14. Hi Claudette, that original Hawken shop sounds real interesting. It must be great to own a bit of history.

    Thank you for stopping by and happy New Year!

  15. Phyliss Miranda had 3 of these last year. I printed them out and posted them near my computer. I have printed out this expanded list and it will now hang there. I know I will check it every once in a while to remind myself that I need to work on some of them as well as a few of my own.

    I have enjoyed your posts this year and look forward to what you bring us in 2015, both in posts and in books. Have a great year.

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