Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Living Boldly

by Mel Langston, from Sparkle Abbey's Pampered Pet Mysteries 

Hey ya’ll, it’s me Mel! We’re eleven days into 2017. Have you already forgotten your New Year’s resolutions?

I don’t know about you, but I’m not one to make the typical New Year’s resolutions. Why make an outlandish promise that I know will just fade away after a few months because I've gotten distracted? Trust me. I will get distracted, especially when there’s a local murder to solve.

Besides, anyone who knows me would laugh if I declared I was going to eat better, meet more people, spend less money, reduce my stress levels, et cetera. Those who can make those promises and follow through with them, well, they have my utmost respect.

Instead, I’d rather keep reminding myself to be the best me possible in other ways. Did I treat my customers with respect? Did I show my beloved bulldog Missy how important she is to me? Am I living in the moment or worrying about what I need to cross off my to-do list? Am I grateful for what I have? Have I spent time with my BFF Darby? Was I fearless today?

Cousin Caro would call it “personal growth” or “mindfulness.” God love her, she can’t help but speak in her professional therapist lingo. I just call it, focusing on being a better me throughout the year.

Although, I would like to rebuild my relationship with Grey, my former fiancĂ©. Maybe I’ll add that to my “personal growth” goals for 2017.

What about you? Are you going to live boldly in 2017?

Sparkle Abbey's Amazon page
Sparkle Abbey on Facebook


  1. Goals. Not resolutions. Each day we should wake up with the goal of doing better, being better than the day before. Always told the kids to take a few minutes in the evening to go over their day. To look and see where they did good. And not so good, and what should, or could do differently. And to greet each day with a promise to do and be better. And to do smile, always. The oldest? Laid back, thoughtful. Rolls with the punches. The youngest? About half way there. The middle? Completely zonkers. Loved the post. Thank you. Della

    1. Exactly, goals! Love the way you end your day. I'm going to try that out myself. Thanks!

  2. I hope that in 2017 I may be a Blessing every day. I don't know how bold that is. Looking around there seems to be so much animosity. We have lost our ability to be courteous and polite. I believe just those two things would be a blessing in anyone's life.

    1. Yes, Annette!! I think that's very bold, especially when there's so much discord in the world. To stand tall and decide to be a blessing in someone's life by deciding to be polite and courteous, that's a positive statement. You can do it!