Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Reflections and Resolutions

By: Cora Chevalier
From: Cora Crafts Mysteries
Author: Mollie Cox Bryan
           Book 1 Title: Death Among the Doilies

After Christmas and before New Years, I find it’s a perfect time for reflection and planning. I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions per se. I think it’s a recipe for failure. My goal-making and resolutions, if you want to call them that, are ongoing throughout the year.
Both Jane and I have been so blessed this year with the opening of Kildare House Craft Retreat. We’ve had some minor and major setbacks, but so far, we are making a light profit, which is unheard of in any business in its first year. So we are both very proud of what we've created and the plans for its growth.
We’ve been a bit busy preparing for the Holidays and it was so sweet watching London, Jane’s daughter, open gifts from Santa on Christmas morning. 
But now we’re making plans for our next big retreat, which will be a wildcrafting retreat. We live in such a stunning part of North Carolina. We really want to get out and enjoy the scenery, fresh air, and show crafters a new way of crafting by using what’s around them.
We’ve gotten permission from some of the local parks to collect plants, leaves, rocks, and so on. They will catalogue everything we take and will make certain we don’t take too much.
Ruby, the older woman who lives in the gardener’s cottage on our property, is an herbalist, who was brought up wildcrafting in the mountains. I think she may be even more excited that I am!
I’m hope that our next retreat will play out more like a normal retreat and nothing horrible will happen closeby. I feel like there’s only so much under my control, right? But in the meant time, I’m planning as much as I can!

Do you make resolutions? Are you a planner? Or do you like to fly by the seat of your pants?

Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of the Agatha-award nominated Cumberland Creek Mysteries and a bestselling Kindle-World romance novella THE BEEKEEPER'S BRIDE, A ST. HELENA VINEYARD KINDLE WORLD NOVELLA. She just released a new series: "Cora Crafts Mysteries." The first book is DEATH AMONG THE DOILIES. She's also penned a historical fiction: MEMORY OF LIGHT: AN AFTERMATH OF GETTYSBURG. 

Stay in touch with Mollie Cox Bryan


  1. OH my...yes. I'm a planner. I'm one of those crazy scrapbook planner planners! Every Sunday I sit down with my planner and pull out my scrapbook suitcase and plan out my next week. I add photos, washi, stickers to make my to do lists cute and fun.

    1. I've been eyeing up some of those plannesr myself. with your busy life, I bet it really helps! Thanks for commenting!

  2. I make plans but never follow them

  3. I'm a planner, nothing too strict though, so I can easily make adjustments to those plans if need be.

    1. I hear ya! Flexibility is a good thing!

  4. I maintain a calendar with appointments and a daily to do list. In our home life gets in the way more often than not, so we've learned we have to be flexible (typically with minimal to no notice). She. I was still working in Clinical Research, I planned each and every day to ensure all Federal guidelines were met. Then I did use a very full planner.

  5. I have 2 calendars. One is for birthdays, events, general life. The other is for books. I do reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Amazon only allows reviews at the date of publication so I have a calendar filled with titles that need to have the review posted on Amazon. The book calendar is not flexible. The daily calendar is more human and humane.

  6. I like to plan but i realize things need to shift around. Liked this book.

  7. I am a planner and have a calender in my office and then one out in the dining room. I don't like to fly by the seat of my pants i never have.