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WHAT'S NEW FOR YOU IN 2019?
1/5/2019 10:50:00 PM by: Patti Shene

WHAT’S NEW FOR YOU IN 2019?

 

 

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Patti Shene

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO CONTRIBUTE A FEW WORDS OF MY OWN ON THIS BLOG AS A MEANS TO WISH ALL MY READERS AND VISITORS A HAPPY, HEALTHY, AND BLESSED NEW YEAR!

 

Here we are, into the fifth day of a New Year. Somehow, for me, the newness has already worn off. Maybe for you too.

 

 

I quit making resolutions a long time ago. I don’t keep them, and when I don’t, the failure just serves to culminate in a lot of frustration.

 

 

Sure, the New Year is symbolic of a chance for a new beginning, a time to reflect on past successes and shortcomings. It’s a time to evaluate what we did right, what we did wrong, what we want to add to our daily routine, what we want to remove.

 

 

Some view the First of January as a day to give up smoking, stick to a healthy diet, start exercising daily, read our Bible and devotional materials at a certain time every morning. The list goes on and on.

 

 

I’ve learned that replacing the wall calendar (with smartphones, do many of us even do that anymore?) does not symbolize walking through a door, leaving an old room behind, and entering a new one.

 

 

Rather, it is like staying in the same room and making gradual changes. The color of paint on the wall may stay the same, but old photographs are stored away, replaced with current ones on the mantle as the kids or grandkids grow up. New carpet may be installed, but that comfy old recliner stays put. The TV, although broadcasting the same favorite weekly shows, may be upgraded to a newer model.

 

 

It should be the same with the slow but steady movement of our lives from one year to the next. Here are some ways to modify your life in 2019 without slamming the door on your entire past.

 

 

Treasure old friendships while cultivating new ones.

Friends come into and step out of our lives as the years go by and interests change. Maintain the strong bonds of those tried and true friendships, but reach out to acquaintances who share common interests. I started going to lunch with some ladies from church after worship service a couple of times a month. Our common bond was our church, but over time, a friendship has developed as we discover that we share similar interests in other areas of our lives.

 

 

Work a healthy food into your regular weekly diet.

“I’m giving up sweets on January 1st” is a tough promise to keep. Rather than lamenting what you won’t eat, add something new and nutritious. When I visited my sister in November, we ate a lot of salads. I learned that using grape tomatoes rather than chunks of sliced tomato, and adding black olives and sliced grapes perks up a salad considerably. Since I returned home, I’ve been eating a salad for dinner at least a couple of times a week. Surprisingly, it seems to have curbed my appetite for those sweet snacks in the evening.

 

 

Read a different genre of book or listen to music you’ve never experienced before.

We were created by a magnificent Creator. God’s people are always creating, whether in the form of writing, music, other art forms, or technology. Exposure to something new can generate your own creativity. I had the opportunity to chaperone a group of young people from my town to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis a couple of months ago. I could have “tuned out” their music on the bus with headphones, but I chose to listen. I learned some things about why these very different lyrics speak to this inquisitive and intelligent generation.

 

 

Go to a public meeting (City Council, your library board, etc.)

Federal and state government officials seem somewhat distant from the average citizen, but those who serve locally may be neighbors or co-workers. Attend public meetings to learn the roles these people play in the decisions that affect your daily life. In my small community, the first Quarterly Community Roundtable Discussion was held a few nights ago. Attendees were asked to share their unmet needs and encouraged to attend City Council meetings.

 

 

Take time for God

Stay connected to the Lord. God knows you better than you know you! Share your fears, your hurt, your anger, and your frustrations with Him. Equally important is to approach Him with an attitude of gratitude. Read your Bible daily, but don’t become a slave to rote reading that does nothing to enrich your spirit. I follow a “Bible in a year” schedule, and failing behind caused me a great deal of anxiety. I have learned that it’s more practical to complete the cycle in two years or more and have the readings mean something.

 

 

These are just a few suggestions for ways to add unfamiliar dimensions to a brand new year that will bring a refreshing luster to your life and enable you to shine brighter into the lives of others.

 

 

May 2019 be your best year yet!

 

Patti says she likes to write, but she doesn’t get near as much of it done as she should! She maintains two blogs, Patti’s Porch and The Over 50 Writer, where she hosts guest writers and authors in the hope of promoting their work. She also hosts a Blog Talk Radio show, Step Into the Light, where guests share their journey fron darkness to light and/or ways they lead others from darkness to light through ministry, creative endeavors, etc. 

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Comments

Jerolyn From Southeastern Colorad At 1/6/2019 9:00:43 PM

Excellent suggestions, Patti. For me also, the new year is a time for reflection. Adding positive steps slowly throughout the year is a reminder to keep moving forward in life. Keep writing, and I hope to see more posts from you this coming year!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you Jerolyn ! I appreciate you stopping by and sharing.

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8/30/2014 10:56:45 PM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
8/23/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
8/16/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

SITTING IDLE
8/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
8/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
7/26/2014 11:01:15 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
7/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
7/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
7/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
6/27/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
6/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
6/16/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
6/7/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
5/30/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
5/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
4/23/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
4/19/2014 5:33:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

PLAY BALL!
4/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
4/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
4/4/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
3/29/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
3/26/2014 9:45:22 PM  by: Patti Shene

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
3/22/2014 2:39:47 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
3/19/2014 12:56:57 PM  by: Patti Shene

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
3/15/2014 4:19:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
3/13/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
3/8/2014 11:44:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
3/1/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
2/22/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
2/15/2014 1:02:11 PM  by: Patti Shene

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
2/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
2/8/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
2/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

A Matter of Perspective
2/1/2014 12:52:05 AM  by: Patti Shene

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
1/25/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Monopoly!
1/21/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
1/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

What Did You Mean By That?
1/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Wildlife Video
1/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

My Best Reads of 2013
1/8/2014 1:28:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Dumbest Kid in School
1/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Good-bye to 2013
1/1/2014 1:35:09 AM  by: Patti Shene

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
12/22/2013 7:00:40 PM  by: Patti Shene

One Spectacular Christmas Display
12/19/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
11/29/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Shared Experience
11/24/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Facing the Monster
10/25/2013 12:46:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
9/27/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I'll Be Happy When...
5/14/2013 11:49:55 PM  by: Patti Shene

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
5/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I Can't Do This!
5/2/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

BREAKING THE RULES
4/28/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
4/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vulnerability to Fear
4/17/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Faith and Fear
4/15/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Those Temporary Interruptions
2/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
2/7/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
2/3/2013 2:04:28 AM  by: Patti Shene

Taking Stock
1/30/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
1/26/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Winter - Bah Humbug!
1/22/2013 10:18:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
1/19/2013 10:35:41 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
1/16/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
1/12/2013 4:00:39 PM  by: Patti Shene

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
1/9/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The last Day of the Christmas Season
1/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Accountability in the Extreme
1/2/2013 12:38:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

The day after Christmas
12/26/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
12/22/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
12/19/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
12/15/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
12/12/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
12/8/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

News From Nashville & Beyond
12/4/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
11/13/2012 2:10:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Home!
11/13/2012 2:00:24 PM  by: Patti Shene

Confessions of a first book editor
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Going Home
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

GPCWC in Restospect
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene