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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Alphabe-Thursday: Letter M

I am joining Jenny Matlock for Alphabe-Thursday. Please visit Jenny here to enjoy additional posts for the letter M.


We’ve been talking about New Year’s Resolutions in the past days. Some make them, some do not. Sherry’s comment struck me because I think she has the ideal outlook for this tradition.

She said:
La,It is awesome to visit with you. I liked the info you gathered on this poll. I have some goals but, I will keep them to myself. LOL Always striving to do better, that's for sure. Sherry

Isn’t that what resolutions are all about? Always striving to do better, be better, live better.

Maybe our perceived resolution failures come from focusing too much on the prize, the end. When we don’t lose 15 pounds, stop craving cigarettes, or become proficient at a new skill after two weeks, our resolve diminishes.

Perhaps it’s not the destination, but the journey that is important. We should celebrate the small victories along the way. Celebrate losing the first pound, going the first few hours without a cigarette, or the first A-ha moment when learning something new.

My hope, for those who made resolutions or goals for 2011, is that you will give yourself a break if you stumble, set a realistic timeline, and enjoy the journey.



  1. Love this La! We often forget to celebrate our small victories and give ourselves some credit! I am not one to make resolutions...but I am always striving to do better too.

  2. Believe me the days will catch up with you whether you are perfect or not. The only thing I resolve is to be kind when I can, strong when I need to be and love myself so I can also love others. Good post.

  3. Motivation helps build Momentum that helps us Meet our goals:@)

  4. I find I have more motivation when it's not cold & grey outside :-) Thanks for the wishes, wishing you the same on your journey~

  5. I agree that we need to celebrate our small victories! Then try for the next level. :)

  6. I don't make resolutions anymore. Just try to be a good person, friend, wife, mother, grandmother and citizen.
    Happy 2011 to you, and thanks for stopping by!

  7. La,
    Thank you so much for entering my give away and for adding me to your side bar, what a sweet heart.. have a wonderful night. Good Luck!

  8. I once heard that the action brings on the motivation. We must actually break through what is holding us back and then the motivation will follow. I beleive this and hope that it helps me accomplish this goal.

    Great post, La!


  9. La, what a wonderful post for you to give us--reminding us of things that we know to be true for us all, but that we sometimes forget! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  10. Oh so true - I need reminding that shows I was motivated to get maybe 2 things done on a list of 15 and be happy about those 2 rather than lament the remaining 13.

    Thank you for a good reminder!

  11. No resolutions here but just a lot of life goals that I do need motivation to do. Joni

  12. I have never made resolutions in my whole life, but I think you are right and fully agree with you !Everything is based on motiviation !

  13. You are so right. It is about the journey. Sometimes that journey takes you to different places than you planned.

  14. Great Post La! I love "motivation" as THE word for 2011!

  15. Wonderful post! I don't like to tell my goals either. I learned a long time ago that's a sure way to set myself up for failure. I strive to be better but I also roll with the flow. Too blessed to be stressed!

  16. Good advice! I think I'll take it.


  17. I love that approach....

    There is enough pressure in our modern world without us putting more stress on ourselves! I like to spend a little time at the end of the year and choose some areas of interest to focus on instead of specific goals, that seems to work for me a little better.

    Have a great 2011!!

  18. it is the journey that countss ... the experience, the learning, the doing ... its all so good!

  19. La, you're right. It is the journey that counts. We need to celebrate as we go down the path and not wait for the finish line.

  20. I always get frustrated when it seems like it's taking forever to accomplish my goals! But when I stop and think about it, I can always find the little successes that keep me motivated to follow through with my main goal.
    I love your blog...I awarded you a Stylish Blogger Award at
    Please stop by to accept it when you get the chance!

  21. I'm trying to hang onto guilt-free goals. I don't know why it's so hard for us to forgive ourselves for slipping a little, gaining back a pound etc - life is too short for that!

  22. Always striving to do better.

    Wow. Those are some words to hink about for sure.

    I don't do resolutions as resolutions...I set monthly goals for the year and keep them small and attainable. When I can do more I do...but I always try to hit those benchmarks!

    I am really running your words through my mind, though, to see if I can tweak that out a little more.

    Thanks for a thoughtful and thought provoking link to Alphabe-Thursday's letter "M".

    This was excellent.



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