How is your Resolution Coming?

Come on. Fess Up. Are you still at it or have you forgotten what your resolution was already? I am doing pretty good with mine because I thought out some techniques to help me ahead of time. Remember – my resolution was avoiding sugar and processed food.

Before I go to the grocery store, I eat an apple so I am full while shopping. That helps me stick to the list. I am also shopping less often. Shopping offers too many opportunities for temptations and I can resist anything except temptation. If it’s in my house – I eat it!

With so much year-end book word and tax preparation to do – keeping busy is not difficult right now. That helps with not snacking. March will be my bad month because I’ll be done with that and you can’t garden in March in the Black Forest. My last piece of advice about resolutions is this: choose one that is a way of life that you want for yourself – for the rest of your life. Then you never need to come up with another one – just keep doing it. Short term resolutions are nothing but frustration. Avoid them like the candy aisle!

I wish our illustrious politicians in Washington would all come to work this year with a New Years Resolution of working for the people instead of for re-election – after all – that is what they get paid to do. I could not believe they thought it was all right to add pork to the fiscal cliff legislation passed at midnight. Are you kidding me? Pork is even in the Hurricane Sandy legislation! There are so many tough issues out there: political reform, gun control (or not), deficit spending. How do we start?

New beginnings are good for me, like a clean kitchen (for some a clean slate). What I can’t figure out is how the time goes so fast. That started the day I brought my first kid home from the hospital and has not slowed down since. Whatever – life is life and I choose for it to be good. I choose to count my blessings and appreciate the little things. Choice is a good thing. Happy New Year!

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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