We finally ushered 2016 out and I would say most of us are ready to start a new 2017. There’s always an excitement in the air when the new year rolls around. Lots of resolutions and promises and plans. So how many of them do we actually accomplish?
Instead of making a list of things we should change or improve, because let’s face it, we usually don’t need a list of the things we know we need to change in our lives. Let’s focus on the fun things we sometimes let slip by in our busy lives. Wouldn’t that be a lot more appealing?
Things to do this year:
1. How about taking a trip some place new? It doesn’t have to be a long trip, maybe just a town in the next county that has an antique shop you’ve always wanted to visit but never made the time. I live minutes from the beach, yet I can’t tell you the last time I went to watch the sunset or sink my toes in the sand. Maybe there’s a cute little restaurant you and your friends have been talking about going to for lunch. Or a romantic place you might want to slip off to with your husband. Maybe hit the outlet mall with your daughter or attend a hockey game with your son. Let’s vow not to let this new year pass before we go places we’ve only talked about.
2. Read new authors. I bet everyone one of you reading this blog has a list of authors you love to read. You wait impatiently for their next release, eager to get your hands on a new book. In the meantime, there are so many new authors out there! I belong to a couple of services that offer books at a reduced prices and in different genres, every day. I’ve taken a chance on a new author when a story idea struck my fancy and I have to say, I’ve rarely been disappointed. And since we have four Heartwarming books released every month, there might even be a new author to you in that bunch. If you love to read, taking a chance on a good story is never a waste of time.
3. Time. Oh, if only we could add a few more hours to a day, a few more days in a week. I admit that with deadlines coming up, new stories to create and working on a project in process, I let time spent with family and friends slip away. My reasoning is that I’ve worked long and hard to get into publishing, a career I love, and I don’t want any writing opportunities to slip by. Yet I might turn down my husband’s request to go on a car trip with him to pick up a part he ordered or a race car to check out. I used to jump at the chance, now...not so much. When my daughter passed away a few years ago, I started looking at life differently. Made sure to spend quality time with those I love. But I’ve let daily responsibilities creep up on me. Last year, my youngest daughter and I got annual passes to a local theme park. We’ll take an impromptu day off here and there and spend hours in a place we love. With the people we love. It doesn’t get any better than that!
My suggestion to you today is, be creative with the time and activities in your life. You probably have some great ideas to add, so leave them in the comments below. We can all use a push to get out and live life more.
Tara Randel is an award-winning, USA TODAY bestselling author of fourteen novels. She is currently working on new stories for Harlequin Heartwarming, The Business of Weddings series. Look for The Wedding March, a March 2017 Heartwarming release. Visit Tara at www.tararandel.com. Like her on Facebook at Tara Randel Books