Love Inspired Authors’ New Year’s Resolutions
We asked four Love Inspired authors to share their New Year’s Resolutions with us. Are any of the below on your resolutions list?
“For the past number of years I’ve done a ‘no buy’ month in January. For a month I would only buy food or stuff like soap, toothpaste etc. No non-essentials and no frivolous spending. This no-buy month started out as a penance for the spending I did at Christmas. Slowly it became an intentional way of making myself aware of my spending. This year I hope to do three ‘no-buy’ months spread out over the year, rather than just the one. I liked how not buying made me stop to think about what I’m buying and why. And how, so often, after the month was over, I couldn’t remember the things I hadn’t bought or denied myself. So that’s my resolution this year. Three scheduled no-buy months.”
–Carolyne Aarsen, author of A Family for the Soldier
“When I think about making a New Year’s resolution, my first resolution is always to focus on something that I’ll still be doing in March or April. That’s why I’m focusing in 2016 on showing people how much I appreciate them. For this, I mean going beyond saying, “Thank you.” When a salesperson or a waiter offers extraordinary service, I plan to send a note to their manager to express how much that service means to me. Write more reviews on TripAdvisor as well because I’ve learned how much that can mean to a business, new or old. In more personal relationships, I plan to let friends and family know how much they and what they do brings happiness to my life. I’m not talking about sending flowers or chocolate, though that’s always possible, especially for chocoholic friends. I’m talking about something like a short note to tell that person why I’m glad s/he is in my life. It sounds easy, but in our busy lives, it’s difficult often to find the time to do these things. So in 2016, I’m going to try…and I hope I’ll still be doing it by December!”
–Jo Ann Brown, author of An Amish Homecoming
“One of my 2016 New Year’s resolutions is to eat more vegetables. Sounds silly, I know. I generally eat a high-fiber, low-fat diet, and vegetables should be an important part. But vegetables-ug! I don’t know how the characters in my Frontier Bachelors series in pioneer Seattle can stand to grow and preserve them. Of course, when I was growing up, most of our vegetables came from cans, so maybe I would like fresh vegetables if I knew what to do with them. I have three friends who are vegetarians and a son who is a chef, and I’m going to pick their brains as to what I should try, where I should buy it and how I should cook it. Now I just have to convince my meat-and-potatoes-loving husband to go along for the ride. Suggestions welcome!
–Regina Scott, author Instant Frontier Family
“I enjoy life and find humor almost every place I go. Including church. My resolution this year is to try to keep from laughing out loud when the pastor purposely says something funny to illustrate a lesson. A simple, sweet smile would suffice, I know, but there are times when I simply cannot contain myself—or catch the laugh before it explodes! I am worshipful and spiritual and polite most of the time but every once in a while…. Like the time he was sharing a story about his family doing yard chores together and his wife helping him out of a muddy rut by putting her weight on the tailgate of their truck. He pulled ahead, out of the mud, and was delighted until he looked back and she was gone! I almost managed to stay quiet until he mimicked the look on her face afterward. Serious truths of the gospel are always taught in my church. Still, I’m sure Jesus enjoyed life too and shared amusement with his disciples and followers. God gave us humor as a special gift and I for one am totally okay with that. I just wish I was a tad quieter about it.”
–Valerie Hansen, author of Small Town Justice