Sunday, January 29, 2017

Resolutions & New Beginnings—Looking for a Do-Over?

Posted by: Maureen
 By Maureen L. Bonatch

It’s January 29th. Wow, how did that happen? Remember the New Year’s Resolutions we all started with excitement at the beginning of the month? Or have those resolutions faded faster than the glow of the holiday season?

o   Diets are put off until the next Monday rolls around. (Ack—poor Monday! That’s probably how Monday got the bad reputation. “Let’s start the diet on Friday—” …said no one ever.)
o   Resolutions are failed or forgotten
o   Writing and word count goals are pushed to the backburner as life interferes.

Embrace the Day

No worries, there’s no reason why each day can’t be an opportunity for change and positive improvement. But it doesn’t take a special month, or a special day of the week to start a new beginning, or resolve to make a change.

It’s your mindset. Or, like our stories, it might takes an inciting incident/black moment/point of no return to force you to change your ways.

Do-Over Tip: 21/90: It takes 21 days to create a habit & 90 days to create a lifestyle

A New Beginning

Speaking of new beginnings, I’m thrilled to be the new witch—err, blogger on the block at Here Be Magic.

 A little about me.

  •          I like to have control over my own life. Unfortunately, I, like most, have very little of it. It almost makes me think sorcery is going on, although that’s just how my mind works.
  •         Despite my meticulous plans, my day-job career isn’t what I envisioned as a child, and when the hubs and I decided to have children we hadn’t considered that we might get a two for one deal until the five-month sonogram revealed twins. (Plot Twist!)

So much of life is out of the hands of our control, and often that’s a good thing. It just might be the direction you were meant to go. We can work on what we can control. Things such as a positive attitude, mindset, or habits.

  •         Another thing about me is that I love to laugh. The sound of other’s laughter is music to my ears.
  •        Therefore, it comes as no surprise that my stories are filled with magic, laughter and love (okay, and maybe a little sarcasm sprinkled in—not that there’s anything wrong with that.) 

Forget the Do-Over—Turn the Page 

Sometimes, there are no do-over’s, but we become a better person because of the change, or the path we hadn’t initially chosen. Almost every story begins with a change or a new beginning. Just like each day offers a chance to turn the page or start a new chapter.

So Tell Me, How's Your New Year Shaping Up? 

About Maureen:
Maureen Bonatch dreamt of becoming a Solid Gold Dancer. When the show ended, she followed other paths. Surviving motherhood to twins (so far) gave her the confidence to learn belly dancing, declare herself a tequila connoisseur and biker babe with her alpha hubby. 
Maureen grew up in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four seasons—biking, sweat pants, hockey and hibernation—kept her there. While immersed in paranormal romance and fantasy, she survives on caffeine, wine, music and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu keeps her in line.

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  1. So far, so good! Sticking to that diet. Which is surprising. I've never been able to do a diet for more than two weeks and now I'm up to six!

    1. That's awesome, Kara! You well into your new habit! What a great start to the new year!

  2. I can't believe it's the end of Jan. already, either. My goals are still waiting. Time to do over. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. I know- I can't believe how fast January went by. Thanks for visiting, Diane.

  3. Life is definitely what's happening when you're making other plans. I've decided control is just an illusion, and my writing life so far in 2017 is proof. Ha! Good post!

    1. Thanks, Marissa. That's a wonderful way to put it into perspective.

  4. Wow, great post Maureen, so nice to get to know you better!
    Good luck and God's blessings

  5. I can't believe it's almost Feb. Where did any of the new year go?? LOL!

    1. I know- I still can't believe the January is almost done.

  6. The new year has flown, and I am no closer to a structured schedule than before. Still working on it. :) Enjoyed your post!

    1. I'm right there with you - working on structure, Alicia. Thanks for visiting.


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