I ™m just going to come right out and say it. I don't make resolutions anymore. Why? Because I ™m terrible at keeping them! Eat healthier? Okay. Until I see a cupcake. I cannot hurt any cupcake's feelings. Exercise more? Sure. I want to. I really want to. But I have to do laundry and I have to pick up my son from school, and I want to get a few words written on my current manuscript, and my dog Harry wants to play, and oh look at the clock “ it's dinner time!
Now, I don't mean to make light of resolutions. I think they're a great idea. So after some deep thought, I ™ve decided that this year I ™m putting my resolutionphobia to rest and making a list of things that I know I can do. Things that are doable and will make me (and hopefully others) feel good. Because every little success makes for bigger successes down the road, right?
Here's my resolution list:
- Smile at strangers.
- Laugh more often.
- Tell my husband every day how much I love and appreciate him.
- Tell my kids every day how much I love them, then remind them the floor is not a laundry basket.
- Say the word ˜thingie majiggie ™ more often because 1) it's fun to say and 2) it leads to a conversation about what thingie majiggie? And in this age of texting and emailing, talking is good.
- Write ¦ a love note to my hubby, a lunch note to my kids, words to my latest story, thanks to a friend. Write something every day.
- Travel to new places. It could be a new movie theater. A new restaurant. A new park. A new vacation spot.
- Occasionally wear something besides my sweats. (This is going to be my hardest one.)
- Have more date nights with my hubby. Better yet, surprise him with a date night and wear a dress!
- Breathe. Stop being in a rush. Live in the moment.
- BONUS: Read more. I have a friend who reads every day for one hour and feels so much better for doing so. I want to do that, too. I want to spend time with my favorite authors. (If I can read while eating a cupcake, all the better.)
In my newest book release from Entangled Publishing, Yours At Midnight, my heroine's resolution is to find a man. I found my man back in high school and we ™ve been together ever since. We ™ve had many exciting New Year's Eve's and many quiet ones. We ™ve celebrated with our kids and without them. Being a wife, mom and writer hasn't always been easy, but every New Year I ™m so grateful to be on this journey with them.
So how about you? Any resolutions?
Thanks so much to Holly, Laura and Chris for having me here on She is Dallas.
Happy New Year and Best Wishes!
Robin Bielman lives in Southern California, a bike ride away from the ocean if she's feeling really adventurous. She loves books and baking and running on the treadmill while watching her favorite TV shows. When she's not reading or writing her next story, she's spending time with her high school sweetheart husband and two sons. She is addicted to cafÃ© mochas and if every day were Cupcake Day, she ™d be a happy camper! She loves to connect with readers. You can find her online here: