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Guest Bloggers: A. Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder
Friday, February 3rd, 2012

I’m horribly behind, but wanted to stop in and say that Maria D. is the winner of the free copy of CAPTIVE HEART by Phoebe Conn! I’ll post new contest news tonight!
Maria, email me to arrange delivery of your prize! ~DD

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Be Like a Groundhog
or “What To Do After the Resolution”

I’m sure by now, the grim reality of the year has set in. The blush of New Year’s Day and its resolutions has worn off and we settle down to the drudgery of the daily round.

But should we?

Ground Hog Day tells us that if the ground hog sees its shadow when it’s sunny, another six weeks of winter are here; if he doesn’t, Spring will come early. But if you look at the calendar, there are six more weeks of winter anyway. So what does this mean for us and our resolutions?

First, if there is more than one resolution, get rid of them. Pick one. Make it your favorite, or the most important, or pick a random number out of a bag. That is your focus for the next six weeks.

Then, like the ground hog, go back to sleep.

No, I’m serious. Well, okay, don’t go right to sleep if it’s the middle of the day, but relax. Six weeks is a long time in which to accomplish a goal, and you need all the energy you can. We still have to pay the bills, go to work, do the laundry, etc.

Then, like the ground hog, just focus on your daily round. If your goal is exercise, incorporate that into your daily round. Write it in your planner, and decide when you’re going to the gym or for a walk. If your resolution is eating differently, then write a menu plan and do your grocery shopping. If it’s to write more, set your word count goal. A steady thousand words a day is achievable and can fit into a busy life, so do that: fit it in. Get up a half hour early. Use your lunch break. Write while the kids are in school or down for a nap.

And remember to rest. I think a large part of why resolutions fail is not because people are lazy, or don’t want them, but because we try too hard and can’t sustain the effort long-term. So throw all that out and do it like a ground hog.

Happy Ground Hog Day (After)

A. Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder
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6 comments to “Guest Bloggers: A. Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder”

  1. hotcha1
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      · February 3rd, 2012 at 1:43 pm · Link

    IT SOUNDS WONDERFUL!! :-P



  2. ELF
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      · February 3rd, 2012 at 2:06 pm · Link

    Great suggestions! I actually decided not to make any resolutions this year because I got tired of feeling guilty when I didn’t accomplish what I was supposed to. Lazy? Yep, but I figured I deserved to feel freer this year (-:



  3. A. Catherine Noon
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      · February 3rd, 2012 at 3:27 pm · Link

    Hi, hotcha1! Thanks for commenting!

    I agree, ELF, it’s nice to not feel pressured. Guilt is not a motivator. That’s why I like the idea of “just pick one thing.” If we accomplish one thing well, it’s a lot more satisfying than being guilty for not doing a bunch of stuff.



  4. Rachel Wilder
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      · February 4th, 2012 at 1:26 am · Link

    I’m with the feeling guilty thing, it’s too depressing. So I just went with some smaller goals…like being a rich and famous author :mrgreen:



  5. Mary Preston
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      · February 4th, 2012 at 3:29 am · Link

    I don’t make resolutions, just life changes that I do tend to keep. Baby steps!!



  6. A. Catherine Noon
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      · February 12th, 2012 at 1:06 am · Link

    Hi, Rachel and Mary! I know what you mean, baby steps really can “get it done.” The thing I think people forget is that movement forward is the key, and small steps that are moving forward are still, clearly, forward movement.

    Thanks for commenting!