Resolutions, Pledges, and Promises

Call them what you will—most of us make them at the start of a New Year.  And then many of us sweep them under a mat before the end of a New Year we’d hoped would be different, better, calmer, different.

It’s Linda, authoring the first official post of 2019 for The Boss, who’s managed to catch someone’s nasty cough and cold.  T’is the season!

It seemed fitting to reflect on something we focus on once the spectacular, celebratory fireworks show has ended.  We’ve all made resolutions at one time or another—those qualities, habits and manners that need improving (as we perceive).  In terms of the Triple Threat Investigation Agency trio, we haven’t made them in years, but I asked Rey and JJ, as well as The Boss, to each provide three resolutions they’d like to adopt for 2019.  My BFF only agreed when I offered to provide mine as well, so here we go:

Rey:

♦   Resist learning and open my mind more.  ♦   Be less melodramatic or devil-may-care (Linda suggested that one).  ♦   Expand the agency.

JJ:

♦   Become a better marksperson.  ♦   Be less “waffley” when it comes to boyfriends/lovers.  ♦   Learn to surf (because I so hate the water).

Me:

♦   Become skilled at a martial art.  ♦   Do more volunteering.  ♦   Eat healthier again (private eyeing often means eating/snacking on the run, which results in grabbing/scarfing fast food).

The Boss:

♦   Not allow negativity/depression to re-gain the upper hand.  ♦   Re-embrace faith and hope.  ♦   Learn, learn . . . and learn some more (so that blogging and all the technical knowledge that it requires no longer daunts).

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All these are certainly achievable.  The big question, though, with any resolutions/pledges/promises is: just how much effort will be invested to make them actually happen?   <LOL>   Time will tell, dear friends, time will definitely tell.

Have an awesome 2019, everyone—may your dreams and desires come to fruition this year.  God bless.

Tour Day 1 (Dec 1): thebookwormdrinketh.com

Not only do I adore the name of Nicole Campbell’s blog—thebookwormdrinketh—I love her opening statement: “I am Nicole, and I am an avid reader and an alcohol connoisseur . . . which is totally different from an alcoholic.”  Too funny!

Yesterday, Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie? (the second Triple Threat Investigation Agency series featuring private eyes JJ, Rey and Linda) is featured on:

www.thebookwormdrinketh.com

Firstly, I must say thank you (!!!) to Nicole for having me—and the TTIA gals—visit.  Secondly, a huge thank you for the review . . . and the constructive criticism (you’ve opened my eyes about a few things and I’ll have a talk with Jill, or JJ as she prefers, about her beau woes).  Lastly, I love the Mai-Tai recipe (which I’ll definitely give a go)!

Please check out visit Nicole’s fun blog and see what she’s up to.

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah . . . A Personal Post about Zip

Rey, who often covers posts when I’m not around or feeling a need to step away, isn’t available.  So, here I am.

I decided to break from Editing Tidbits this weekend and share a few thoughts and happenings.  Nothing earthshattering or life-changing.  Nothing of major significance—“zip”—but a little personal.  wkndblog2

This week, I seriously gave thought to stop blogging/writing.  It’s kind of a conundrum in that I’m stressed when I’m not able to write, I’m stressed when I do.  Heck, I’m plain stressed.  Period.  <LOL>  But then I have to ask: do I truly want to cease doing what I so much enjoy, even if I can’t do it to the extent I’d like?  Should I?  Could I?

Some health issues have been plaguing me of late.  Not sure if they’re a result of being frazzled or because I’m truly [annoyingly] experiencing a glut of minor [irritating] maladies.

As you know, I take care of my elderly mom and work a 9-5 job, so juggling time is tough.  The job, in fact, is actually coming to a close as it’s being—drum roll <rat-ta-tat-tat>—automated.  Yeah, that popular early 21st century word we know so well.  They’re moving me into a new role, but I’d rather they do what they’ve been doing to others in and around my age: urging early retirement (with a decent package).  Why?  Besides that fact I really don’t want the new role (I’m not sure it’s a good fit, to be honest), I’d like—love!—to write and blog full-time.

About 18 months ago, give or take, I started A Writer’s Grab-Bag and a corresponding FB page (The Triple Threat Investigation Agency).  Dreams and plans abounded, as they still do now, which is awesome, but they’re also still that: dreams and plans.

Writing’s been a decades-long joy.  It’s fun, therapeutic, and challenging.  I like to think [hope] that maybe I’m entertaining people with my tales.  Teaching and mentoring have always been pleasures, too; thus, the [hopefully] edifying posts.

Here’s to stress and “frazzlement” dissipating soon and getting back on course.  Two simple sayings we know well: “when one door closes, another opens” and “things have a way of working themselves out”.  Deep within, my heart and soul say: just continue to keep the faith, kiddo (even when some days prove super challenging).  Trials and tribulations, great or small, help us learn and grow.  Who can argue with that?  Ultimately, it’s all good.

There you go, a little wearing of the heart on one’s sleeve from yours truly—a personal post about “zip” . . . “a-dee-doo-dah”.  <LOL>  After the rain, there’s always sunshine.  As James Baskett wrote . . .

♥  Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay  /  My, oh, my, what a wonderful day  /  Plenty of sunshine headin’ my way  /  Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay!  ♥ 

Have an awesome weekend, my friends.

And from the trio at the Triple Threat Investigation Agency—who intend to enjoy the beach and watersports this sunshiny weekend, those lucky gals—aloha!

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