New Year's Resolutions!



I’ve given up on resolutions decades ago, because I never keep them.  Although once I became a full time writer, I do have a couple of beginning-of-the-year rituals.  First, I check off my goals for the ending year and see how many I met.  I then come up with new writing goals, both attainable ones and blue sky.  I type them up and tape them on the wall. I might say that one of my blue sky goals ever since I began writing was to become a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author.  I met that goal in 2012 with A Texas Christmas.  Now I’ll have to add another blue sky goal for 2013. 

My second ritual is to clean my office, put away files, and even dust shelves, getting all ready for the new year.  Since I have revisions due on a new eKensington contemporary by February 1st and a new book to write by April 1st, I won’t be able to tarry long with the cleaning part of my ritual … thank goodness! 

I asked each of the Fillies for their resolutions and I have some to share with you all. 

Margaret Brownley: My resolutions are the same every year.

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

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

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.

Victoria Bylin:  My New Year’s Resolution is to write first thing in the morning. We’re talking 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m., so I need an extra dose of will power. No late nights, at least until the book is finished!

Tanya Hanson:  To thank God every day for our three beautiful new bathrooms!  (I’d include “try to lose weight” but that annual resolution always crashes like the Titanic by January 15…)

Mary Connealy:  Last year for the first time in a long time I made a New Years Resolution.
I resolved to do a better job of getting to my local RWA group meetings.
I love going but I always have an excuse not to hop in that car bright and early on a Saturday morning and take a 1 1/2 hour drive.
But I wanted to do better.
And I feel like I did well.
So I resolve to keep attending meetings.
Beyond that, I can think of a thousand things about myself to change but let’s face it, first and foremost would be ‘self-discipline’ and without that, none of the other’s is going to happen.

Renee Ryan:  I’m not much for resolutions. Mainly because I never seem to be able to keep them. So, here are my new ones.

Have a heart for God,

A passion for His Word,

A hunger to know Him more,

A compassion for His people; and

A desire to serve Him.

I figure if I have those, everything else will fall into place. 

Charlene Sands:  My new year’s resolution is to keep my fingers on the keyboard, my hands out of the refrigerator and my legs on the elliptical trainer.  Oh, and to spend EVEN more time with my little kidlets!
Elizabeth Lane: My NY resolution (a necessity). Kick my writing output up to 1,000 words a day and try to maintain my sanity while doing so.

Karen Witemeyer: Mine are usually similar each year.  
Exercise more.
Eat less.
Pursue deeper relationships with my Lord and my family.
Write the best book I possibly can.
Though if I had to pick, I’d steal Margaret’s. 🙂

Linda Broday:  I want to complain less, write more and count my blessings every day.

After I read the other Fillies’ resolutions, I stole several of them, so I’d have some resolutions not just rituals. 

First, Margaret’s, I need more than five pounds off my hips, so I’ll have to leave both of my Colts home, as well as my Winchester.  

Also, thought Margaret’s idea about not holding up shopping carts and making the shopper buy my books is a wonderful resolution, but then I’d have to break resolution #1.

Lastly, since I’m on deadline, I briefly considered Vicky’s resolution, but the 4:30 a.m. knocked me off the block.  Now I can handle the 7 a.m. and totally agree with the late nights. I think most writers when they are immerged into a story have the same problem about late nights; the characters are simply not on the same sleep schedule as we are and love to come out and play in the middle of the night.  I can’t count the times I’ve jumped up and either jotted down something they said or actually came to my writing room, booted the computer, and wrote a while because of my characters’ insomnia which then creates the same problem for me. 

What is your New Year’s resolution? And, do you typically keep them? 

From all the Fillies at Wildflower Junction,

including our beloved Jasper and Felicia,

 may you have a Happy and Prosperous 2013!

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14 thoughts on “New Year's Resolutions!”

  1. Phyliss, I loved your blog. Resolutions are the most difficult things in the world to keep. We start out all fired up and ready to get with it. Then we slack off. We think it won’t hurt to do that for one day. But then one day turns into 365 and we’re no better off than we were. Like Tanya says we’re sunk quicker than the Titanic. That’s why I didn’t mention losing weight or exercising in mine. Even though I desperately could use both. I know me though and know it’s a lost cause. I’ll just keep carrying these saddlebags around for a while longer.

    Wishing you a great and wonderful 2013! May you write up a storm and sell, sell, sell!!

  2. Mine didn’t make the list but they are:
    In 2013 I will try to
    *Do less talking and more listening
    *Do less complaining and more thanking
    *Do less worrying and more praying

    Wishing everyone a very happy and dreams-fulfilled 2013!!

  3. Winnie, I apologize for missing you; and what great resolutions for a new year! I’m so sorry. As the emails came in, I saved them to a file, but apparently, I didn’t save all of them. If I hadn’t talked to Linda yesterday, I wouldn’t have had hers either. I so apologize! You had some great ones and I think I would have stolen more than one of them, too.

    Linda, thanks for stopping by. I’m sure come 2014, I’ll still have my saddlebags and hopefully with no extra poundage in them.

    Winnie and Linda, may each of you have a wonderful and prosperious 2013 with lots of sales! Much love, Phyliss

  4. Colleen, thanks for stopping by and wishing everyone a Happy New Year! I pray 2013 is everything you wish for. Love, Phyliss

  5. Phyliss, this is a great post. I try not to make resolutions–that way I won’t be disappointed in myself. LOL Truly, I just can’t handle the stress. LOL Seriously, though, these are all great resolutions. My one resolution that I know I can keep, is to just try my best to be happy and do one thing productive each day. That might not sound like a lot, but there are some days I just don’t feel like I’ve done anything productive, and so it’s kind of a big goal for me. LOL Happy New Year to you, Phyliss, and to all our filly sisters and readers!

  6. Hi Cheryl, what a great resolution! Wouldn’t the world be much better if everyone tried to do one productive thing a day to make someone else happier which in turns will make them happy. I love your goal! I hope you have a very productive and fabulous 2013, sister Filly! Big hugs and much love, P

  7. Hi Renee, I’m thrilled that the other’s resolutions gave you some idea for new ones for yourself. It sure got me to thinking. Thanks for dropping by and Happy, Happy New Year to you and yours. Hugs, P

  8. I just need to do better with exercise, eating, and all that good stuff. Do more reading, is there anyway to read while you are walking?

  9. Hi Quilt Lady, glad you stopped by today. I saw something on TV the other day about some of the exercise equipment having racks for books, so you can read and workout at the same time. I’d rather read than workout! Believe they were treadmills, which wouldn’t be too bad! From what I hear, you’ll have a ton of new books to read this coming year just from the Fillies! I hope you have a wonderful 2013! Hugs, Phyliss

  10. Phyliss – oh my goodness, no need to apologize my friend. This is a busy season and I’m not even sure I sent mine to the right place. 🙂
    A lovely post and a lovely, generous idea to compile all of these for us.

    Happy New Year to all!

  11. Hi Fellow Filly, Winnie, I was totally discombobulated this holiday season. First it was the “crude” that seemed to last forever then we got all out of whack and I think it was because of the day of the week the holiday fell. If it hadn’t been for my oldest granddaughter, a senior in high school, I wouldn’t even had my shopping done. It was wonderful because she was exempt from her tests and out of school the full week before the others got out, so I took the catalogues, marked what I wanted for the eight grands, gave her my credit cards and off she went shopping. She was in hog heaven, especially when she called and asked if she could buy a sweater she had found for herself. I said, “Duh, of course … when a woman shops, we always buy something for ourselves.” Don’t we? LOL Then she surprised me more by doing 100% of my wrapping to boot. Well worth the cost of a sweater, wasn’t it? I might question my decisions when the credit cards come in. LOL

    Winnie, I hope you and yours have a wonderful 2013! Big hugs and much love, Phyliss

  12. I too think I will steal Margaret’s, especially the open range one. I spend much too much time there.
    As for leaving a gun home, I’ll have to leave a cannon.
    I could open a store from my closets and drawers. I have already taken truckloads of clothes and household goods to different charities and still have more to go.

    On a blog last night someone mentioned giving up specific resolutions and going with one word that represented her efforts for the coming year. Good idea. Mine will be ORGANIZE. Mary, you have another good one in Self-Discipline.

    I hope you all have a great 2013.

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