Giving my Resolutions a Little Wiggle Room

So the new year is almost upon us and I thought I would get in on the resolution-making that is happening out there. But instead of setting myself up for failure, I gave myself some wiggle room.

1. Exercise 1 hour every day. Does repeatedly walking from the desk to the fridge count? No? Okay, then scratch that. How about exercise more? Doable right? No rules about type, frequency or duration. Just more. Considering I was a sloth from August to December of last year, this should be easy.

2. Read a book a week. Now I know there are people out there who consume a book a day, but that’s just not me. A couple of years ago, I’d completely fallen out of the habit of reading. Sure I flipped through a couple of Better Homes and Gardens magazines here and there, but I never touched a full-length novel.  Now I’m back in the game and loving it. And I’m ready to do more. Maybe a book a week, we’ll see, but I just want to do better than last year.

3. Write a thousand words a day. Ha! Even when I spend a full day writing, this just isn’t my style. There are days I reach over a thousand and then days I only hit 500. And (gasp) there are days I don’t write at all. Sometimes I just have to step away, take a break, maybe have a few wacky life experiences to fuel my creativity. So, instead of forcing myself to write a certain number of words a day, my goal is to have my second novel finished (and by finished, I mean fully edited, revised and proofread) by the end of the year.

And for those of you who recall the challenge I placed before myself at the November, I have an update. My goal was to have the first draft of my current WIP revised and ready to be chewed apart by beta readers at the end of the month. This month. Well, I failed. And here is my excuse: the holidays. See, this is what I was doing instead:

Making chocolate. It was really easy. I found the recipe on Oh She Glows and just had to try it myself–only 4 ingredients, about 5 minutes for melting/combing, and then a little freezer time. They were super yummy.


Homemade chocolate!

I saw this snowman on Pinterest and just had to do it. Here is the blog link.


We made these wreath ornaments to hand out as gifts. They were really easy once you find the mini wreath forms. The tutorial is here.


This is one my husband made. He’s so crafty 🙂

Lastly, I made this woodland scene advent calendar for my husband. Under each item was a treat or an activity to do together. The blog link for this is here.


Check out the narwhal in the lake. They really live in the ocean, but I was taking creative liberties.

Now, I did get some work done on the novel and it’s going a little more quickly than I first imagined. So, my new goal is to have it ready mid-January.

4. Journal every day. I tried this last year, even giving the two-sentence journal a shot. I think my last entry was in the end of March. So, I saw this on Pinterest and decided to make one. Here is the link to the tutorial.



It’s a calendar, with an index card for every day of the year. You pull out the card for the current day, write the year and then a sentence or two about what happened. My husband and I started the day after Christmas, sharing the responsibility for jotting down something witty and memorable. As the years go by, the cards will fill up and you get to reminisce while you journal. I this will be more doable since it is a shared duty and it’s on the coffee table staring at me every night, making me feel guilty.

So that’s it. I could resolve to eat better, but my husband would probably die from laughter. I just discovered you can wrap almost anything in moist bread and deep fry it–no batter required. The possibilities are endless…


I know it sounds weird. I found a recipe for Indian Bread Rolls stuffed with potatoes on Veg Recipes of India and it was amazing. Then I started thinking of all the other mixtures that could be wrapped in bread and fried. Here are a couple of pics from the Veg Recipes of India website showing the bread rolls being made and what they look like after being fried.


Image courtesy Veg Recipes of India.


Image courtesy Veg Recipes of India.


Happy New Year everyone!!


23 thoughts on “Giving my Resolutions a Little Wiggle Room

  1. elainecanham says:

    Making chocolate must have taken up some energy – more than just unwrapping it, which is about as much as I can manage. Still haven’t started my radio play. Can’t make up my mind what to write about. Have agreat new year, and best of luck with your wip.

    • jennifer Windram says:

      Yeah, definitely more work, but worth it. The little bits of sea salt on top were delicious.

      I totally understand about your play. Can you try fleshing out one of your characters a bit, just get them talking and see if they come up with something that has to be written? Good luck!

    • jennifer Windram says:

      Thanks, I’m hoping they’ll work.

      The bread thing is amazing. I know it sounds weird and the people watching me make them were like: what??? It came from a recipe for an indian bread potato roll and you just moisten a slice of sandwich bread (with the crust torn off) until it’s pliable and then dollop your filling in the middle and wrap the bread around it. Then just plop it in the fryer. I added a couple of pictures and the website link to my post because I know it sounds so weird.

    • jennifer Windram says:

      Thanks. Once I decided my woodland scene was in the North Pole, I knew I had to add a narwhal. In the movie, Elf, Buddy the elf talks to Mr. Narwhal, who lives in the north pole. It was the first time I’d heard of a narwhal and didn’t even think it was a real thing at first.

  2. fudgeandpoppy says:

    Love the Narwharl! Also love the mini wreaths! I definitely identify with your first point. Last year I was doing super well with losing weight and then along came the flu, swiftly followed by viral tonsilitis, and a week later – glandular fever. Took months to get over that one, then more tonsilitis and then of course my sprained ankles complete with torn ligaments. My exercise regime totally went out the window this year. Definitely planning to get back into it for 2014!

    • jennifer Windram says:

      Oh, thank you. The advent calendar was fun, because I got to add my own little touches. And the wreaths turned out nicely and were a lot easier than I thought.

      What a bummer about all your health problems. I’m so sorry. It’s hard when life throws all these obstacles in your way–and you had a lot of them. Good luck with the new year!!

  3. Jeff | Planet Bell says:

    Number four is a really cool idea.

    I’d love to journal every day. On a few of our trips I have kept up with it daily and looking back at those is great fun. Good luck with your goals and don’t feel bad about your novel – the holidays are hard to work through. You can regroup on Jan 2.

    • jennifer Windram says:

      I made it (#4) as a gift for my husband and gave it to him on Christmas (just imagine stamping 365 index cards!). We’ve kept up on it so far, which isn’t that long, but hey it’s a start. I just keep reminding myself how fun it will be a year from now.

      I’ve tried to journal on my trips as well, and usually get through couple of days. I don’t know what it is, I just lose steam. And your trips seem so long, I don’t know how you manage to stay on task–you even blog while you’re gone!

      You’re totally right about the holidays, and I really wanted to get in the spirit this year, so I’m not too upset about being a slacker 🙂

      • Jeff | Planet Bell says:

        What helps me journal as we travel is to record a quote of the day, whether it be something we said or something we heard. Like your index card box, it is fun to look back on.

        As far as blogging on the road goes, I started last year and found it to be pretty easy since I as already keeping a journal. I just tweak what I’ve written.

  4. librarylady says:

    Hi Jennifer, I love your exercise resolution, not too specific so it’s hard to mess up. Cute ideas , I love the advent calander, and the snowman door. I think the Narwhale looks happy in the lake.

    • jennifer Windram says:

      Thanks. I took a little break for the holidays.

      I tried to set the exercise program up so I couldn’t fail. I thought it would be more motivating if I felt like I was being successful and not feeling guilty about not sticking to a strict regimen.

      Happy New Year to you too!

  5. Bre Faucheux says:

    Great resolutions. Mine look very similar. I like that you are so ambitious with certain ones. I know that doing 1,000 words sounds easy sometimes, but in reality, there are just some days where it feels impossible.
    And a book a week. I wish I could do that. Would love to do that. I think that might be on my list as well. I know, just like you, there are annoying people out there that can read a book a day. But I just can’t. So you are not alone.
    Those bread rolls look amazing!

    • jennifer Windram says:

      Yeah, a thousand words a day probably won’t happen. I just need to focus on writing more. And there are people who can write that much (I think you posted about this before) and I don’t know how they do it. Sometimes I just need to sit and think and daydream.

      I probably could do the book a week if I made myself, but that doesn’t sound like any fun does it? And I don’t want it to be a chore. I just want to do more of things I enjoy. So, I’m hoping for a book a week, but if not that’s okay too, as long as it’s more than I did this year.

      The bread rolls are a amazing. You should check out the recipe. And once you’ve made them and see how easy it is, you begin thinking of all the other things you could wrap in deep fried bread 🙂

      • Bre Faucheux says:

        Yeah, I remember touching on the topic and I totally agree with you. I don’t want writing to feel like something I HAVE to do. Those people who say they write from compulsion…err…WTF? haha! Sometimes its the hardest part of my day, sitting down and forcing myself to be calm enough to write.

        We can motivate each other! How does that sound? 😉

        I want to read more, but somehow it gets pushed to the bottom of my list. I hate that, but I get a guilty feeling sometimes when reading, like there is something else I should be doing. Do you ever get that?

        Must try those bread rolls. The family begging for new recipes, so I’ll have to try them out.

        • jennifer Windram says:

          Writing shouldn’t be a chore, that’s for sure. I’d be up for some motivation 🙂 We need to find a way to carve out the time, make it a priority, but again: not a chore.

          I usually read at night, right before I go to bed. Or when I have 10 -15 minutes here or there, I might sneak a few pages on my kindle.

          The bread rolls are amazing–just be careful with the deep frying. It can get a little crazy if you have it too hot!

  6. L. Palmer says:

    I do consider walking between the fridge and the couch, or other sitting apparatus exercise.
    For myself, I make vague goals for the year. Right now, I’m working on a structured to do list for the next few months, especially when it comes to my writing plan. I suppose my main goal is to give myself deadlines for writing projects to try to push myself to finish things at a faster pace.
    That being said, things like holidays, the flu, and other life events make it difficult to keep on top of those deadlines.
    Good luck with your endeavors!

    • jennifer Windram says:

      Thank you! I also consider the walk from the fridge to the couch exercise. Sometimes I do it multiple times a day 🙂

      Working at a faster pace is a constant battle for me. Some days I do better than others…

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