New Years Resolutions: I Might Actually Keep

This time of year seems to usher in a whole new sense of believing…believing we are going to accomplish things that realistically are way out of our league. With this in mind, I thought I would make a list of resolutions I might actually be able to keep:

1. Embarrass my children more – Kids grow up fast these days; with all the hormones in our food and water. As parents, it is our responsibility to give our children something they can aspire not to be. Studies have shown that children who were regularly embarrassed by their family members, develop better coping skills and more resilience than kids from well-adjusted families.* The future of the world is in our hands mom and dad…let’s do our part to better society.

2. Develop a bad habit – According to a recent study, it is easier to stop a bad habit than it is to create a good one.* Next New Year’s Day, I plan on having at least 5 or 6 bad habits to resolve to stop.

3. Super-glue my mouth shut – Don’t you hate it when people resolve to be kinder? Or to not talk about themselves all the time? Some people even do silly things like resolving to eat less or stop eating unhealthy foods. When is everyone going to realize that super-glue can fix things will-power would never be able to? Why we squander this resource on merely fixing things is a mystery to me.

4. Exercise more – I’m going to exercise my delegating skills, exercise my remote control, exercise my right to vote, etc. By the end of 2012 I hope to have exercised my way to the top…top of the food chain at least.

5. Give to others – When making this resolution, it is important to realize that you don’t have to have a lot to give a lot. You can give people advice, give out the wrong number, give others a chance…to get out of your way, give your body odor to pleasantly scented rooms, and many other things. Many great leaders will tell you that they never would have made it in their field if it were not for people in their life telling them they would not make it. Who are we to withhold that observation from all we see who are struggling with something? Your harsh criticism might be what pushes them to become the best at whatever they are trying for.

If you have any practical resolutions, feel free to suggest them. By sharing our suggestions we can create accountability for each other and possibly become the people we hate to be around. Let’s do this!

*Any study or other thing suggested in this post is probably around somewhere in the world, but I didn’t actually find it…interactive blogging is my specialty, so find your own statistics.

Writing…Critic vs. Editor

As my other personality mentioned, I am trying to write a book. Funny thing is, I am not sure if I should. Sometimes I look at the writing and think “I am too self-absorbed” or “this is stupid”. The “angel” and “demon” sitting on writer’s shoulders, are really more of an “editor” and “critic”. Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between the two. With this in mind:

How to tell if the voices inside your head are editors or critics:

If the comedic satire about your writing is more entertaining than the actual writing; it might be a critic.

If while you are writing you feel the need to “call for the manager”; it might be a critic.

If you are desperately resisting the push to throw the whole book in the trash; it might be a critic.

When you smell rotten tomatoes while you are typing; it might be a critic.

When you finally decide that writing a book is a waste of time; your critic might have just won.

On the other hand:

If you find yourself slicing up your manuscript as if it were Thanksgiving dinner; it might be an editor.

When you recognize how valuable spell check really is; it might be an editor.

If the quality of words is more important than the quantity; it might be an editor.

If you finish your book…and then find yourself writing it 3 more times; it might be an editor.

If you suck up your pride, fix your mistakes, and continue trying to find a publisher; your editor might have won.

Let’s fight the good fight my fellow writer friends. Your story and mine are worth telling.

Thank you for continuing to hold…one of our representatives will be with you shortly.

This is the message I have been listening to for…23 minutes and 17 seconds now. I think we might have a miscommunication on the meaning of “shortly”. I suppose this place really could be busy, but in my mind I … Continue reading

Book…and other things I don’t really remember

Good news…I really did/do think I’m going to write a book. Bad news, I can’t actually remember telling you that. Weird news, that doesn’t even sound like me. Short and sweet when I could elaborate? Y’all… I did go to college in Texas, but that’s stretching it.

So, yes, as my other personality (the southern, to-the-point, and already fully medicated one) mentioned, I do think I’ll write a book. I can’t give out too many details cause there are so many wonderful word press writers who might get their own medication and get crazy enough to steal my idea and write a better book (see, told you I like words too much to use them sparingly). Ok, I know that was not actually a sentence, but it was getting so long…

Anyway, like I was saying, I can’t talk about my book idea. (3 paragraphs for that!!!)

Long story short, I’m still going to blog (before I take my night meds) and thanks for caring about my ramblings. Also, let’s not worry too much about the short-term memory loss and weird voice. I also tried to walk last night after not walking at all in the last 7 months. It is a good thing my husband was there to talk me down from that one. Scary.

Creative Break

I love re-writing Christmas carols, but I think I’m going to take a break on the weekends. Afterall, creative people need time off too. In case you missed some of the earlier carols, please just check out the Christmas category. I’ll try to start again Monday with…hmm…Hou about a new version of the Days of Christmas song. Maybe Deck the Halls. If anyone has some carol they would like me to remake, please let me know. Thanks!