I made New Year's Resolutions.
I resolved to keep them.
Unfortunately, life has gotten in the way. It happens to the best of us. Things happen that we couldn't have expected and no matter how much we prepare, these things always catch us unawares.
I've had my husband at home sick since New Year's Day. He called early Sunday to tell me that he would be home hours earlier than expected (he was driving in from upstate). He had a medical emergency and needed me to take him to the ER.
Several tests later he was released from the ER with a prescription for antibiotics and pain meds and an order to bed rest until he healed. A visit to the Dr. for follow up did not give him the clean bill of health he wanted so he has a refill on the meds and another week at home. Blech!
So here I am with three kids homeschooling, a sick-whiny husband and a muse who is ready to explode because she can't get any work done.
I did, however, make a New Year's Resolution to write at least five hundred words a day.
I've been keeping it! I might be struggling to keep up with my other resolutions, but this one is the most important to me. I thought it would be personal growth. Really. But no, the more I knuckle down to keep my resolutions, the more I realize there is no growth without my writing.,
So I do whatever I have to, to keep writing whenever and wherever I can.
I keep the online writing program open at all times.
I write a few words here, a sentence there, it all adds up eventually. At the end of the day, when I crawl into bed, I read over what I've written. I may add some more words or just tweak it a bit.
Or I may muddle through a new blog post. Like this one.
I'm trying to keep my other resolutions, I really am.
But YOU try to get anything done with a sick man in the house! Hehehe...
Especially one who can't sit still and wants to talk all the time. If not to me or the kids, then on the phone.
It takes a lot of dedication to stick to your resolutions and you may find that as the year passes, they start dropping off one by one.
Just don't let go of the ones that are the most important to you.
Hang onto them tightly and don't let go.
At the next new year you'll feel better, more confident, and be thankful that you didn't give up.
Research has shown that it takes about 21 days to form a habit. Keep that resolution for twenty one days and you're well on your way to making it a habit. Once it's a habit, it'll be harder NOT to do it. I'm already starting to get twitchy every time I have to put off writing for an hour or two. Guess that means it's becoming a habit!
Are you keeping your resolutions?