Resolutions Schmesolutions


I’m never successful at sticking with my New Year’s Resolutions. Apparently, I’m not terribly resolute, an embarrassing situation since I expect self-sacrificing fortitude from my characters. They shake their heads at me while I give them a sheepish smile, hoping for pity. I’m a writer; I don’t have time for exercise. What do they expect?

Yeah, the old “exercise resolution” gets me every time.

Part of the problem, I’ve decided, is that my resolutions are far too grandiose. I overestimate my self-discipline. Not that I struggle with willpower when the task is something I want to do – like write. My self-discipline falters when it comes to things I don’t want to do… basically everything domestic… and exercise.

But I want to be resolute. I want to accomplish my goals.
Maybe the secret is to make them easy to achieve!

So, here they are:

1. Exercise 10 minutes a day.


No wonder I find it challenging!

2. Housework 30 minutes a day.


I shouldn’t find this funny, but I do.

3. Manage my social media time more efficiently
(Reduce to 20 hours a week.)


I need the extra time to do my hair.

4. Turn off the computer on Sundays to make room for other things I love to do – read, take walks, paint…


This took me hours.

5. Write 1000 words a day … Oh, erm, that’s 365,ooo words a year! Probably too ambitious. Reduce to 500 words a day.


My lifetime writing goal.

6. Take back all 6 books published through a traditional press and self-publish them. This, I will definitely accomplish, and I’ll  share this journey with you.


A lesson in choices learned the hard way.

7. Spread love and kindness every day … the easiest one of all 🙂


Have a happy, healthy, safe, peaceful New Year!

Images credit: pixabay

176 thoughts on “Resolutions Schmesolutions

  1. Zoe says:

    Reblogged this on The Life & Times of Zoe the Fabulous Feline and commented:
    Well, yes…you actually ARE a fabulous feline! I enjoyed this so much, probably because I know someone who can relate. My life’s joy is to watch my human struggle with pretty much all the things you mentioned, but most especially housework and exercise. I mean, she has not vacuumed around my scratching post in days! I mean, really…is that so hard to do?

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    • Thanks, Zoe, for the reblog. My human has been keeping it up – sort of. She says she’s still maintaining the “spirit” of the resolutions. I think I might need to get on her case 🙂


  2. Tina Frisco says:

    I absolutely love this post, especially the photo-caption embellishments. Had to share on all my pages 🙂

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  3. Here one more for you. Ask for permission, or at the very least, credit the photographers’ work that you use as illustrations.

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    • Thanks, Ray. After getting your comment, I went back to pixabay where I get my free images. (In the past, I’ve looked for the photographer’s or artist’s name and only noticed the “no attribution required” comment with no name referenced.) So I poked around a bit and found the icon in the top right corner who I assume is the artist. I will add the resolution to my list. 🙂


      • Probably because Pixbay is just taking them from photographers websites and posts. There are plenty of “companies” who do that. The thing to know is that one day, some photographer who owns the copyright and has legal representation, will come back to bite Pixbay and end users.

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        • I went through my recent posts and added attributions where I could find them. Will continue to do that or switch photos out. Thanks for the comment, Ray.


          • Just be careful. There are a number of free imaging sites that allow you to use an image in limited ways and that is buried in their boilerplate. Cross that line and they, themselves, come after you. You’d be better off partnering with another blogger and trading links.

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  4. Cat says:

    Looks like you’ll be busy with self-discipline this year, Diana 🙂

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    • It’s easy to be self-disciplined when they are things I want to do! The hardest one – almost unbearable – is not turning on the computer on Sundays. I was going through withdrawal last week. By mid-afternoon I was okay and enjoying a good book, but it was close. 🙂

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  5. Amazing resolutions, D. I can relate to them all!
    If you don’t mind can I ask you why do you want to self-publish all your books? Actually, I’m awaiting responses from agents. So far I have yes from 2 agents but I’m waiting for a good deal, in a matter of speaking.
    But last month, my husband, who’s owns a big time events and production company, has proposed a deal to me. He wants me to publish my books under his imprint… So basically, it’ll be self-publish as he’s my husband but on a grander level. So I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately.
    I’d really appreciate it if you can throw some light on the subject of self-publishing (considering you are thinking about it yourself.)

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