Friday, January 6, 2017

New Year Resolution & Giveaway @JoanReeves #GemsInAttic

General opinion says that a New Year calls for new attitudes, new ways of doing things, and, hopefully, embracing new opportunities.

That concept is probably the reason we write resolutions--putting into words our hopes of making positive changes in our lives.

I've always written resolutions, sometimes calling them goals. I think it's good to have a plan to help you travel the road of life.This Year Is Different

This year I'm doing things a little different. Over the holidays, I thought a lot about the last few years. Basically, I've had 7 years that were...challenging...difficult. Heck, let's just call them hard enough to crush the human spirit. A time or too I thought mine might be crushed. I'm...weary. That's a good word. Weary seems to indicate a tiredness bordering on burnout.

With that thought in mind, I decided to make resolutions about renewal...about boosting my spirit. That may sound selfish, but I believe if you're not happy and healthy then you are of no use to anyone else.

This is what I came up with.

Viva La Difference

1. Get reacquainted with the hobbies I once enjoyed like painting and fashion sewing.

2. Spend time in my rose garden, soaking up the peace, beauty, and delightful aroma.

3. Relax more instead of pushing myself to fulfill unrealistic expectations.

4. Have more fun because life is short and unpredictable.

5. Spend more time with those I love and say no more often to activities that prevent me from doing that.

6. Workout more often rather than using that time to "get ahead" on the day's tasks.

7. Sit on the bench by the lake every day and enjoy the view.

8. Write more and obsess less about sales that have declined since I couldn't focus on my writing business.

9. Don't sweat the small stuff.

10. Always remember, it's all small stuff.

That's my list. Do you have a plan for your New Year?


Leave a comment with your email address and tell me if you plan any special life path this New Year.

That will enter you in my January Giveaway. If the winner chosen by random draw is in the continental U.S., the prize is a Journal featuring the cover of my latest romance Last Christmas.

Last Christmas is about love at first sight, heartbreak, revenge, redemption, and second chances is available at: Amazon * iBooks * Kobo * Nook * Smashwords.

If the winner is outside the continental U.S., the prize is a free Kindle copy of my latest nonfiction book Friday Is Cake Day, a collection of 52 cake recipes from 3 generations of my family.

If you don't want to wait to see if you won a copy, you can buy it here: Amazon * iBooks * Kobo * Nook * Smashwords.

Winner will be chosen on Feb. 1 and notified by email.

Post Script

Joan Reeves writes sassy, sexy Contemporary Romance. Her books are available at all major ebook sellers with audio editions available at Amazon,, and iTunes. New print editions will finally be available in 2017.

Joan publishes Writing Hacks, a free subscription newsletter for writers with tips to help with the writing business, and WordPlay, an email list/newsletter for readers with new book and giveaway alerts. Visit Joan online: Blog, Website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.


  1. I hope it's a great year, Joan. The only thing I do anymore is have a word for the year. This year's word is Listen. I need to get better at it and I need to demand it from others as well. Great list!

    1. I guess that means my word is relax. *g* Happy New Year.

  2. Wonderful ideas for new directions, Joan. I don't do resolutions but I take the time to reflect on last year's highlights and look ahead to what good things or experiences I am anticipating in the new year.

    1. Let me try that comment again since my fingers made typos the first time. *g* Wishing you many good things in the year ahead.

  3. Very wise goals. Enjoying life is good.

  4. Joan, that's a beautiful list and a very inspiring post. Happy new year!


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