A Cowgirl’s New Year’s Resolutions

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Happy New Year! 

It’s the Year of the Horse!

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% will keep them pass 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 (drinking, 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 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 2014

  • Lose the extra five pounds on my hips.  From now on, I’ll 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’ my 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.


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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20 thoughts on “A Cowgirl’s New Year’s Resolutions”

  1. Love your resolutions. I decided this year that mine would be to stop making New Years Resolutions as I seldom keep them more than a few days. Then I realized that I probably couldn’t keep that one either. I think I will resolve to stop eating oysters. I know that I can keep this one. I hate oysters! 🙂

  2. I don’t make resolutions because I let myself down so many times, I don’t need something else to add to the list.

  3. Well my husband started doing our list last year and we got all but one of them done so im hopeful for this year. so my list is:
    1. Loose 25 pounds by July
    2. Read through my bible in on year
    3. Drink at least 3 cups of water a day. ( I love soda so im gonna try real hard hahah)

  4. I need to get back into exercising and try to loose a few pounds, I have slacked on the exercising the past two months. I am going to try to do better. Love your resolutions.

  5. I do not really ever make resolutions… I just say it would be nice to try to do this or that… dropping a few pounds would be great! Happy New Year!

  6. Margaret, I’ve given up on making resolutions! But I make generalized resolutions–“Try to do good whenever I can, however I can, to whomever I can.” That kind of thing. It’s easier than losing 25 pounds. Great post, as always, filly sis. I love your covers!

  7. My resolution was to actually stick to the 3 resolutions that I’ve made! Though I like to call them goals… so if I don’t make them I can say that “I didn’t reach my goal” instead of “I missed my resolutions”. This year I hope to reach the number 25 of how many books I’ve written. At 19 now and it takes me about 2 months to finish a rough draft… we’ll just see how this goes.

  8. Margaret, some of your resolutions have me in stitches! So cute. I shy away from making resolutions. They’re as useless as a million dollar bill. LOL But I always write down my goals. The things I want to accomplish this year are: meeting my deadlines, not taking on more than I can handle, attending the RWA conference in San Antonio, and being kinder to everyone. I wrote “keeping a cleaner house” on my list but I quickly crossed through it. That’s not a priority. As long as the cops don’t try to evict me for being a hoarder it’s all good and I’m a happy camper.

    Here’s to you, dear Filly sister! Hope 2014 is kind to you.

  9. Hi Tanya, sounds like you have your year all planned. No sense cleaning house; it will only get dirty again! Hope to see you in San Antonio. Wishing you continued success in 2014.

  10. I love your resolutions! Makes sense to me 🙂 I’ve loved this site with all the fun comments that often teach me something! So, I guess I will make a resolution to check into your site often AND read the “fillies” books!!


  11. Like your resolutions. I don’t make any now. I can’t keep them so why make them. The only resolution I would make is to read more in 2014. I read 203 books in 2013 so maybe go for 204 in 2014? I will read regardless of resolutions. I don’t know how to do much else. Happy New Year.

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