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As we welcome 2017, I am focused on my word for this year, dreamer. And with that in mind, I have come up with some resolutions to help guide me through the year. My hope is that these ideas will motivate me to live with intention and remind me to stay the course as a dreamer.
Create more balance between work and time with my family. This tops the list for me this year, but it is also one that I am sure you can relate to. My work as a writer is truly a dream come true and I love it with all my heart, but I don’t want to miss opportunities to be together with those dearest to me either, so this year I will strive to do both and do them better.
Find a home for my family to enjoy. As part of my first resolution, I plan to sell our Florida home and look for a large home everyone can enjoy on the Hood Canal. I hope that this closer location will lead to more chances to make memories together.
Finish 12 or more knitting projects. I love the sense of creation when working through a piece as well as the satisfaction I feel when I complete a knitting project, but I also enjoy extending blessings to others by giving my items as gifts.
Read my Bible all the way through, making notes to Maddy. I want to re-read and re-live the verses with the new perspective that only time can give me. And I want to make notes for Maddy, so that she can hear my voice as if I am reading the passages along with her.
Judge less and live more. I want to try new things, experience new places and challenge myself to new ideas without judgement. This may be one of the most difficult resolutions, but I hope this is my year to rise up and achieve it.
To be grateful and practical—and to buy less yarn! I am a bit of a yarn hoarder, so while working to be more practical, I have to also step out of the sewing store and work on completing my projects instead of buying more yarn! And I want to be mindful of the joy I experience, big joys and little joys, and remember to be grateful for it all each day.
What are your resolutions this year? And how will they help you to become a dreamer?
January 17th, 2017 at 8:23 pm
I just finished reading “Between Friends”. I read it in three days! Of all your novels that I have read, however I must say this book holds a special place. I felt that in some ways it was my life. I saw myself and my BFF (as is the norm to say nowadays) Jeannette while reading through the life story of Leslie and Jillian. I’ve been BFF with Jeannette since I was 15 and she was 14. We are now 56 & 55, and we have been through all the ups and downs that life and friendship can go through. I’ve also kept a journal on and off throughout the years. So I truly loved the journal format of this book. I laughed and cried while reading this book. I recommend this book to all the women who have a BBF and whose friendship has never wavered despite what life can throw at you.
Thank you, Debbie, for always writing books that reaches out to women, in many different ways.
January 18th, 2017 at 6:03 pm
I retired on January 1, 2017 after teaching for the past 34 wonderful years. Time for a new perspective hopefully incapsulated in “fun”.
1. Spending more time with my 93 year-old parents next door. Just spending time listening to their stories. My Mom is a big fan of yours and her cat is named Whiskers.
2. Schedule weekly “Grandma Days” with our 11 month old granddaughter.
3. Travel, spending quality time with my wonderful husband.
4. Taking time to be creative, relax and enjoy my beautiful garden.
5. Watch a sunset
January 18th, 2017 at 6:46 pm
I don’t make resolutions. Or have a special word for the year. But, I do try to have and keep goals.
January 19th, 2017 at 10:33 am
1) Checking in more often with my aging family members and helping them in whatever way I can.
2) Being more compassionate to those who aren’t kind to me, knowing we all are fighting battles the other doesn’t know nor understand in life.
3) Waking up everyday and spending a few moments thinking of things to be Thankful for that day.
4) work on not having road rage in the supermarket when people block the whole aisle oblivious there are other humans besides themselves on this planet ?
5) Atleast once a month treating my daughter in law to lunch together at her favorite eatery.
January 19th, 2017 at 1:53 pm
MY New Year’s Resolution is simply to find
#My Happiness. For years I have struggled with
Low self esteem, ashamed of being abused physically
And mentally , not taking care of myself because I did not
A friend of mine has found his happiness through
Years is struggling with life. He made me realize
What I need. I am going to work on healing myself
By focusing on taking better care of myself
And spending more time mediating with God
Who honestly is my Therapist.
Thank you for writing your books and for being
An #EveryDayHero we all need ❤
January 20th, 2017 at 10:29 pm
I grew up in Seattle near Puget Sound, moved to Portland in 80 following my heart. It didn’t work out but with a friend of hers it did. But after 10 years and two kids she divorced me. It has been almost 20 yrs now. Last year when our oldest was getting Married she started talking to me again. We are getting together some now and who knows what the future holds. Pray for us please.
I found reading to help more than TV. I loved your Cedar cove series years ago and just started it again.
My fav part is #7 when Terri is determined to help the Chess player. One other story that has been encouraging is in the Texas book when the old couple decide to keep both houses and get married and have the best of both lifestyles. Sorry it has taken me so long to thank you.
January 27th, 2017 at 2:50 am
I know that January is almost over, but I just returned from a 10-day cruise with renewed interest in how love takes hold of us. My hubby and I celebrated our 50th anniversary in December, so our grown children wanted us to take a nice vacation to a warmer climate than the Midwest had to offer. We decided that a cruise down the Eastern seaboard taking in five ports in warmer climates including the Bahamas was just the thing for us. We had a blast, but not just because of our own fifty years, but for all the couples we met during those ten days, from couples in their 80’s to a young 25 year-old man whose Aunt (and Uncle) told us met a lovely, sweet 24-year-old girl their first day onboard. Both were recent college grads, working in their fields of study. They fell in love during the first days of the cruise. While we were waiting to do into the dining room, she asked me to take a photo of her and husband and the new “couple” with her cell phone, and I said I would. Then she asked me if I believed in love at first sight. I had to think a bit about it, but when I saw the two young people and how they reacted so beautifully with one another, I said I think I must. It was an eye-opener.
My husband and I were attracted to one another pretty much the first time we met, but it took us a couple months to date. If we had been on a cruise ship, we would have been like the young couple. I realized how many couples of all ages were there on the ship and wondered how many were “first sighters”.
I thought about you and all the love stories you have written that were in so many different places. Just thought you might like to hear about this experience.