Monday, January 7, 2013

Controlling those resolution impulses!

 By Lizzie Turner, from the Ashton Corners Book Club mysteries

I’m not very good at keeping New Year’s resolutions. I admit that up front. But it doesn’t stop me from making them every year. Breaking them within a short span of time. And feeling badly about it. Guilt, that’s what it is.

So, I’m feeling a tad better this year after reading recently that the self-control muscle needs to be exercised, just like every other muscle in the body. (One of my resolutions!) However, using it on too many goals means it’s spread too thin. Therefore, something’s gotta give.

I’ve given that a lot of thought. Sure, the resolution about keeping my desk tidier is a necessity, so it has to stay on the list. Cutting back on the number of times I dip into the almond butter is also a necessity (see above resolution re exercising). I’m really set on the one about making more time for my friends, although whenever there’s a murder, it seems I see a lot of my book club friends while we’re involved in solving it.

That brings me to another resolution, no more getting involved in murders around here. Not that there are that many in Ashton Corners, although two within a few months could appear to be too many. And of course, the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society had to get involved as some of our members were on those suspect lists! But really, I’m a reading specialist, not a cop so no more!

I’ve also got one about going through the rest of my kitchen cupboards and de-cluttering. I had to do the one that got taken out by a rifle shot. So, it’s time to tackle the others.

So, in order to strengthen my willpower or self-control muscle, I need to concentrate on one item to start with.  So, what’s it to be?

Exercising, almond butter, tidying desk, more time for friends, kitchen cupboards or go cold turkey in the murder investigation department.  How about no more indecision? What would you advise?

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  1. Don't even think about exercising that self-control muscle. Sounds terrible. And I can't think of any reason to clean kitchen cupboards if no one else is shooting at them!

  2. Thanks, Willow! Narrowing it down, which I have to do before I can make the resolution, only to break it later!

  3. Exercising is over-rated. Have some almond butter instead.

  4. Take it from one who is also beating herself up over the kitchen cupboards, visit with friends and bring chocolate with the almond butter, and let that self control go out the window. Life is beautiful enjoy each day without regret for the time spent with good friends and favorite eats. I adore your books. Am reading this one right now!!.

  5. More time with friends is healthy. Good friends will help you with chores. Well more like taking breaks to keep you from mundane chores.

  6. I've already broken my most important resolution: to keep to a book budget. Sigh, so many good books ...

  7. I have read, the first in the series, A Killer Read!! Really enjoyed it!

  8. I really enjoyed the first book, A Killer Read!

  9. I have already read, A Killer Read. It was very funny and entertaining.