Soon you and I will change the way we live. We will begin another diet – cut down on using electronic devices – spend more quality time with spouse or children – cut out some addictive behavior – become more positive – find a cure for cancer – bring peace to the world ….. NOT! Let’s get real.

Life is full of surprises, challenges, bumps in the road, the unexpected, the unwanted, unnecessary and obstacles that sometimes are insurmountable. Here are ten suggestions for starting the new year right.

1. Set realistic goals. Don’t try to lose 20 pounds in a month. It will return. Trust me. I know!

2. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t accomplish your goal immediately. Tomorrow is another day.

3. Trust your gut. If you don’t feel right about something, you’re probably right.

4. Start thinking outside of the box. Many great accomplishments have been reached because someone looked for a different way of doing things.

5. Start thinking less of your own wants and more of others. One of the most rewarding things to do is help someone else realize their dreams.

6. Do something nice for your neighbor. Shovel their sidewalk or help them carry in their groceries.

7. Open your Bible. There’s lots of good stuff in there.

8. Don’t worry about the state of the world. There is nothing you can do about it unless your name is Warren Buffet or Bill Gates.

9. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Small stuff can easily become big stuff if you let it.

10. Have confidence that God is directing your life. He is putting all the pieces together for you. With Him you can do anything and you are never alone.


As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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  1. hatrack4 says:

    Thank you for returning the favor, regarding my post on “resisting” temptations. I rarely make resolutions, but a resolution to not quit is good in many directions. Resolving to continue eating a chocolate every now and then is delicious. Resolving to keep getting up in the morning is practical. Resolving to love my neighbor – ouch, they are starting to get tough, but I won’t quit. Thanks again.

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