Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year - My Motto for 2010

Today in St. Peters, MO: Flurries, high 21 degrees.

Wow! It's hard to believe that it's already a new year --- and a new decade.

This year I'm going to take a different approach to making changes in my life. I'm not making any resolutions, mostly because I rarely keep them, but I do have a motto I plan to use as a guide this year.

My motto for 2010 is: "Stop *itching and start pitching."

So, rather than complaining about things in my life that cause stress, I'm going to take actions to elminiate stress and make some positive changes.

Here are a few ways I plan to follow my "Stop *ithching and start pitching" motto:

* Stop complaining about being overweight. Start pitching junk food and buy more fruit and vegetables. For fast food, I might even check out that Taco Bell Diet I've been hearing about.

* Stop worrying about being out of shape. Lace up those Nike's, strap on those headphones, and start walking.

* Stop wondering when I'll get time to write. Start getting up earlier or staying up later. Write during the quiet hours when everyone else is asleep and inspiration beckons.

* Stop complaining about clutter. Start cleaning out my desk, recycling old manuscripts, and cleaning out closets monthly. Donate more unused clothing and household goods to charity.

* Stop worrying about the future. Start enjoying the present.

So, while I wish you much joy and many blessings in 2010, I also wish you all a wonderful day today. Carpe Diem!

Donna Volkenannt


  1. Donna, you are singing my song. Much of what you said, I took control of about two years ago. Several changes have been good, but each day, I have to give myself a good talking to. If I say I don't care, that is a big lie. I will not allow others or myself to pull me down when I want to go forward. "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."

  2. Hi, Donna. Your issues are my issues. I say the same thing and intend to do well. With two rejections on the 30th, I was about to give the writing up. Talked to myself on my blog.

    New Year's Eve was not right start. I could not sleep. Read until 2:30. Wrote until 4:00. Sure made this first day a bust in production. But tomorrow is really first "real" day after the holidays, right????

  3. Sounds like a good motto. Happy New Year!

  4. Hi Donna. Your motto and goals sound great! I'm really learning that being unorganized in certain areas of our lives, seems to be part of being a writer!! So, we're all in good company, I guess!? Happy 2010 to you!

  5. Donna, I think you just coined a writer's slogan. I submitted my first piece for 2010 today. The quiet hours are my favorite. Linda O'Connell

  6. Hi Mary,
    You are so right, and I love the quote at the end of your post.
    Hi Claudia,
    I'll have to check out your blog to see what you had to say about not giving up.
    Hi Tricia,
    Thanks. Happy New Year to you, too!
    Hi Pat,
    Thanks. I hope my motto works!
    Hi Becky,
    Thanks, and thanks for your friendship and support last year.
    Hi Linda,
    Good going. Way to start the year off right (or should I say write?). I love the quiet hours.

  7. Excellent advice -- I note we're *itching about all of the same things. LOL Hope you have a wonderful and successful new year.

  8. Hi Patricia,
    Thanks so much. Earlier today I stumbled on your blog and found it very interesting. I definitely will return.
    Wishing you much success in 2010!

  9. Cute and inspiring, too! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  10. Hi Tammy,
    Thanks! Happy New Year to you and your family, too!


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