New Year’s Resolutions: Yes or No?

by Betty Owens

pen-994464_1280Welcome to January, 2017. I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season.

Our hot topic this month is resolutions. Do you make them? Many people do, but most don’t keep them. No surprise there, right?

I see that shiny new year as a chance to begin again, but wake up a couple of days later, and realize it’s just another day. Just reading-834944_1280another year, among many. Besides, it’s the middle of winter–a great time to veg out on movies…or read.

Are you a procrastinator? Do you suddenly jump in at the very last moment to accomplish a goal you set in January 2016? Don’t beat yourself up over it, just be happy you accomplished it.

I’m not here to judge, I’m just here to introduce January’s topic. I’ll let the other crew members tell you their stories, challenge you, and encourage you.

mountain-road-1556177_1280If you’re a writer, a simple blog post on a subject of interest can provide fodder for a story. Spur your imagination—get those writerly fingers itching for the computer keys.

Readers may find helpful hints, interesting tidbits, and be inspired to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Those could be our goals this year, as blog writers. To provide interesting, inspiring, entertaining copy for you, our readers to digest. Don’t forget to share! If you love our content, or find something inspirational and encouraging, please use the share buttons below to help us get the word out. We have lots of giveaways here at the Writing Prompts blog. And many of our 3 Questions Wednesday authors give away books.

I hope you’ll take advantage of everything we have to offer.

Like millions of other humans, my personal goal for 2017 is to eat healthy, and get more exercise. My business goal is to write two books, and continue to study the craft of writing. Learning never ends. Those are lofty goals for me. But, with a little energy and determination, I can do it.

Will I succeed? I have no idea. I’m not infallible. I haven’t been hugely successful in life. But I’ve always been able to pick myself up, dust myself off, and start all over again. Nothing is impossible…

I’m stubborn and determined, if nothing else.

I pray that the turn of the year opens doors for you. May your days be blessed, and may God give you strength throughout each season, to stand the tests life brings you. He doesn’t promise all sweetness and roses, but He gives peace in the midst of life’s journey.

Writing Prompt: Margot stood in the longest line ever to return the puce crew neck sweater her sister-in-law gave her for Christmas. Besides the unfortunate color, it was two sizes too small. When she finally reached the cashier…

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5 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions: Yes or No?

  1. Margot stood in the longest line ever to return the puce crew neck sweater her sister-in-law gave her for Christmas. Besides the unfortunate color, it was two sizes too small. When she finally reached the cashier…

    … she was stuck with a sudden spastic coughing fit. The bubblegum-chewing, teeny bopper was leaving her register. And in her place—

    “Muriel,” Margot fumbled. “When did you start working here?”

    Margot understood now. The gift from her sister was a last minute, employee-discount, impulse buy. Probably they weren’t even making it this horrid color anymore.

  2. Margot stood in the longest line ever to return the puce crew neck sweater her sister-in-law gave her for Christmas. Besides the unfortunate color, it was two sizes too small. When she finally reached the cashier she was so frustrated with waiting in line that she just pulled the horrid sweater out of the bag and launched into the speech she had just spent 30 minutes practicing while waiting in said line. She was being careful not to take out her frustration on the poor, hapless cashier, so she was trying to inject some humor into her speech.

    “I’d like to return this train wreck of a sweater,” she began. “I mean, honestly, have you ever seen such a horrible sweater in your life? It looks like the sort of monstrosity that a carnival barker would wear . . . ”

    It was then that she noticed the cashier was wearing the exact same sweater she was attempting to return. What’s worse, the cashier did not look angry. She looked as if she wanted to crawl under a rock with embarrassment. Margot suddenly felt like the worst sort of person in the world. She felt like she had just kicked a puppy.

    “I’m kidding, of course,” said Margot, laughing nervously as she felt her cheeks blushing bright pink, though she tried to will them not to. “I love the sweater.” Her heart sank a little more as she realized she had crushed the cashier’s joie de vivre, which was already no doubt strained from having to put up with angry people returning Christmas presents all day. “I saw you were wearing the same one,” said Margot, attempting a sincere smile, “so I was just having some fun. I just need to return it because it’s too small.”

    This seem to perk the cashier up a little. “Do you want to exchange it for the right size?”

    “Pardon?” asked Margot, appalled at the thought.

    “Oh yes, we have a whole table of them over there in every size. You can just exchange it for the right size.”

    And that is how Margot left the store with a hideous sweater that was two sizes bigger than the hideous sweater she had come to the store hell-bent on returning for a store credit.

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