The first definition I encountered in an online search states that the word ‘resolution’ is a noun. That definition is as follows; resolution: a firm decision to do or not to do something. For me the operative word in that definition is ‘do’ and ‘do’ is a verb, ‘do’ is an action word, ‘do’ requires work!!
I grew up hearing the adults around me talk about how they didn’t stick to the resolutions they were skeptical but excited about announcing at the end of an old & beginning of a new year. Lose weight. Stop smoking. These seemed pretty commonplace resolutions. Save money. Get out of debt. Savvy resolutions. But the thing about losing weight, letting go of unhealthy habits i.e smoking, saving money & getting out of debt is that they all take time. They took time to establish, therefore it’s only natural that they’ll take just as much time, if not longer to undo. And there lies the problem. We live in a microwave popcorn society. Where everything is accessible in an instant with the mere click of a button or swipe of the finger. Let’s face it, we want what we want, and we want it yesterday, not tomorrow! Resolutions take time and the fear of not having the willpower to endure any length of considerable time and the unknown results that await are downright terrifying. More and more I’ve been hearing my peers reject the notion of the once upon a time New Year Resolution. They’re just not into it so they’re just not doing it. I respect that. For a while there, I was even influenced by that mindset. But this year is a new year. With that said, I intend to write out a set of personal & professional resolutions for 2019. I read somewhere once that the goals you post for others to see, will most likely be attained. My guess is because there is some hidden motivation in others knowing. So here goes… It’s impromptu, informal, a bit rough around the edges, and quite subject to change without notice. My 2019 To-Do-List =)
- Work out 30 minutes – 1 hour (at least 5x a week)
- Create & stick to a schedule (find a really good, super easy app for that)
- Publish 5 new FreedomInk titles (including Lost in Autumn & Bird Song)
- Drink more water (at least 60 oz daily)
- To bed before midnight (preferably by 11 p.m)
- Read 30 books (that’s 3 books more than last year)
- Take better care of my health
- Write for 2 hours a day
- Blog weekly
- Spend one on one time with my immediate family members
If setting a resolution for the new year scares the crap outta you or you’re convinced it ain’t your thing, try this… Reflect on the previous year. Make two columns; one for the things that went well, and another for the things that didn’t go so well. This may serve as a sort of guide for the new year.
Or try adopting a word to focus on for the year. Fearless. Purpose. Discipline. Confidence. myoneword.org . In addition to my top 10 resolutions, I’m adopting a word. I’ll reveal my word later in the year. Right now, it’s top secret. Lol.
Happy New Year
~Kat. at FreedomInk Publishing, http://www.freedomink365.com
What is fear? A quickening of one’s pulse in response to something that can cause one mental anguish or bodily harm. Fear of the unknown causes unease and unravels the borders of what feels safe. We must be careful not to be held captive by our fears. We do this by keeping in mind the two actions that fear triggers. Flight or fight. Will you fly away when fear rears its ugly head? Or will you fight? #BeMoreFearless #MotivationMonday
If you’re fearfully living your life in the shadows of what others think, you do realize that you’re not living YOUR best life, right? You’re living someone else’s idea of what your life should look like or maybe even living some version of THEIR best life! WHO are you projecting today? Be brave. Be you.
Everybody is searching for direction, meaning, purpose. “Who/Why am I?” seems to be the big question. While there are thousands of Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers, Artists, Authors, Mommies in the world, there have even been a few hundred Geniuses and an even fewer dozens of great Philosophers, still there is only one, individual, absolutely unique YOU! So yeah, be that! Not the watered down version either. No! Be uncut, unapologetic, undeniably you. Remember, you were not born to blend in.
Traveler beware. The town of Wind Gap is toxic. Toxic in an all-consuming, devouring especially it’s own inhabitants, kind of way. Camille and her sordid path are proof of that. Sharp Objects is a book about a severed, if ever established, mother-daughter relationship and how damaged family ties can cut just as deep as any knife.
There’s a baby killer in Wind Gap. Putting down bad little girls and taking their teeth, a Herculean effort. So who’s The main suspect? A man? A woman? An outsider? One of Wind Gap’s own? The sooner a suspect is named, the sooner Camille can leave her hometown, her childhood home and her high strung overbearing mother, Adora. The suspense is addictive as each chapter unfolds leaving the reader guessing in anticipation, who is killing Wind Gap’s most misunderstood girls and why take their teeth?
Daily, constantly, repeatedly, I force myself to push through this layer of shyness and politely, quietly ask the introvert in me to step aside, ever so briefly, ever so momentarily. You see, no matter how vocally reserved I am, there are situations and circumstances that affect me to the point of opening my mouth and speaking. A few things that the introvert in me has a hard time being quiet about is sexual abuse, racial injustice & literacy. These are the topics I’ve chosen to stand up and speak out about. These are the topics that are being ignored, the topics that no-one brings up at the dinner table. But how can we rid the world of ignorance if we refuse to have the conversation? It’s gonna be major uncomfortable but it’s necessary. What do you stand up for? What topic pushes you to the outskirts of your comfort zone?
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Prompt #30 of the August Writing Challenge is ‘Velvet’ and I must admit, not an inkling of emotion has been spurred by this prompt. Velvet? It seems like such an obsolete fabric. I mean, who wants to run that stiff/soft stuff under their sewing machine? Not me! Velvet? Red velvet cake? Mouth waters. Eyes roll back. Tongue lags. Lol. Now that’s a velvet worth comment.
What do you think of when you hear the word, velvet?