Monthly Archives: December 2016

No Resolutions in 2017!

Don’t get me wrong.

I’m all for bettering oneself in life.

I just don’t plan to set myself up for failure in 2017.

With all the new projects that I’ve got in mind for 2017, I’d rather just do the best I can and ask for grace for the remainder.

Keeping it real…I really don’t think my house will turn into a Pin-perfect home in 2017.


Ray Williams confirms my reasoning in his Psychology Today post from 2010, “Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail.” He cites John Norcross from the Journal of Clinical Psychology, who says that something like 50% of people make New Year’s resolutions. The resolutions include the usual: dieting, working out, stop smoking, and whatever. According to Williams, Dr. Avya Sharma (of Canadian Obesity Network) says that people set unrealistic goals and expectations. Peter Herman et all coined, “false hope syndrome.”

Here’s why I call myself a “regular gal.” I’m just guessing no one will want to Pin my kitchen! 😉

So here are my 7 tips on successful New Year’s resolutions: (Based on Mr. William’s article.)

1. One at a time. Instead of making a whole list of resolutions, maybe we can focus on just one thing.

2. Make them realistic. We probably won’t each lose 25 pounds in a month.

3. Baby steps. Okay, so this is my idea. “The ‘Burbs” is one of my favorite flicks! (Wait, oops…that’s on Mr. William’s list for #4!!!)

4. Make it a year-long goal. Again, you have to be realistic. I don’t know, maybe we could challenge each other to walk at least 30 minutes a week as a good start?

5. Accountability! Get a friend, spouse, or child to hold you accountable.

6. One day at a time. If I think of walking 30 minutes a day for the rest of my life, I’m like, “Ughhhhhhhhh.” Again…small changes!

7. If you’ve read this far, please know that I love you, love you, love you!!! You are truly a loyal Reader. Happy New Year!

Regular Girl, Part Deux: No fancy parties planned for the Robertsons this evening. I’ll probably be in my cozy corner reading a book while hanging out with Lefty, Princess Buttercup, and our two doggies.

Creative Christmas Crafts

Have you finished your Christmas shopping? I haven’t but am determined to do so within the next three crazy shopping days! I want to re-post a picture from last year of good, heavy-duty wrapping paper from T.J. Maxx. This year, I went there straightaway to get mine. Here are the teacher gifts that I made… Continue Reading

The Wild Christmas Picture Piggy Chase

I’m a little old-fashioned about that sending Christmas cards, so Lefty, Princess Buttercup, and I went out to our woods to take our Christmas photos. I wanted to get some pictures of Princess Buttercup by herself but knew she would balk until I told her that I’d let her put her guinea pigs, Dr. Pepper… Continue Reading

Pearl Harbor Day — A Short Story

Patsy Campbell woke up as soon as the sun rose above her window pane. The ten-year-old leaped from her bed and walked to her dresser to admired a small trophy. Patsy smiled as she remembered the night before when she and her handsome partner had won a dance contest. Patsy had taken ballet lessons and… Continue Reading