When we make resolutions at the start of a new year, it seems most of us focus on the negative, punishing ourselves for the mistakes and faults of the previous year. Kristan Higgins, a fave author whose blog I follow, recently posted more realistic and generous resolves for herself. I like that idea.
As much as I try to fight it, I tend toward negative thinking, so my overarching resolution is to have a more positive outlook. This year I want to celebrate every stage writing/publishing progress instead of berating myself for not doing more and doing it faster. This is going to be a busy year for me. I’ll have to chill or suffer the consequences.
I want to treat myself to a long, hot bath more often. Since I often view showers as a sacrifice of too much time, a relaxing soak will be a big change for me. Freak-out: as I wrote that last sentence, two notifications pinged on my phone. One was from Google about resolutions and the other from Facebook about bubble baths! Isn’t life in the digital age a trip?
Treating my inner body better is another goal. I’m not only a lazy cook most of the time, but I love junk food. So I’m accepting the challenge of cooking more from scratch and with more organically-grown ingredients. I figure if I fill up on those foods, there will be less room for junk. Learning to eat healthier is hard for someone raised to plan every meal around meat—especially when I can’t remember a green salad ever being served by my Norwegian/German mother until years after I moved out.
Pictured above is the beautiful tea set for one that a sister-in-law sent me during my recovery from surgery last year. This year, I want to make it a habit to sit quietly once a day and sip delicious tea from that cup as I daydream amazing stories to write.
How will you treat yourself this year?
6 thoughts on “Chill, Lady, Chill”
What a delightful tea set! Enjoy your special moments with it. We deserve to be good to ourselves and guess what, we become more productive when we do. All the best for 2016!
Thank you, Darlene. 🙂 I hope you’re right about being more productive.
Is that the tea set??!!!! Wow!! How pretty 😉
Tea will taste better for it. 🙂
Great resolutions. Good luck with them. Cooking is fun–enjoy exploring.
Yes, it is pretty, and I’m resolved to enjoy it. And thank you, Jennifer. 🙂
Congratulation Linda on Forever being Selected for publication by Kindle Press. Well deserved indeed. I too have a three piece tea set like yours. A different pattern of course. It’s my go to when I need comfort, cheering up, and for when inspiration is lacking. And of course, just for a cup of Lady Grey. I do think it helps me to be productive.
Thank you, Judith. 🙂 I’ve never heard of Lady Grey tea. How is it different from Earl Grey?