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“A rose by any other name…”

Posted by Nichole on January 2, 2018 in Life in General, Writing |

It’s that time of year again.  You know the drill.  Somewhere between the excessive amount of gifts, obscene amount of cookies, and the turning of a calendar page (or, in my case, the recycling of one calendar and replacing it with another), most of us have at least a moment of panic. Panic about what we accomplished in the previous year and panic that we don’t have a plan for the next one.

Or maybe that’s just me.

It’s true.  I’m a resolution maker.  I try to hide it.  I call them “goals” as if a goal is really any different than a resolution.  I even type them up and hang them on my wall.  That becomes convenient for the next year, when I don’t have to re-type the ones I didn’t achieve.  I also organize my goals in categories — things like work and home, mental and physical health.  There’s even sub-points to help me succeed. 

Or not.

Don’t get me wrong.  I usually make some progress in some aspects of my resolutions.  And I do believe I become a slightly better member of the human race by the end of each December.  Not perfect.  But better.  Better at home.  Better at work.  Better mentally.  Better physically.  No aspect perfect.  And probably too many goals to even be realistic.  But better. 

And so here’s my first blog post for 2018.  The first of what I hope to be about 50 of them in 2018.  I’d like to do one a week, but there’s probably going to be a few weeks that I miss for one reason or another.

50 seems reasonable.  Attainable.  And that’s one of the keys to meeting your goals.  Make them attainable. 

So here’s to the new year.  To new goals.  To old resolutions. 

May you have a happy and healthy 2018.  And if you make resolutions, feel free to share them.  Maybe we can be on this crazy journey around the sun working toward the same things.

Blessings!

Nichole

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Book Review: Divergent Trilogy

Posted by Nichole on August 21, 2017 in Book Reviews, Movies |

As if you didn’t all know this already, I do enjoy a good young adult read and Veronica Roth’s trilogy doesn’t disappoint. In this dystopian series, teens have to make some serious choices:  what faction will they  be for the rest of their lives?  Will they be always truthful, brave, selfless, intelligent, or peaceful?  So […]

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Book Review: Carol J. Perry’s “Witch City” Series

Posted by Nichole on November 28, 2016 in Book Reviews, Mystery, Paranormal |

Another series that I’ve fallen in love with.  So far there are only three titles in the series, but I’m hoping more.  And soon.  In this series Carol J. Perry has combined a number of things I love or am pretty familiar with.  First, the main character works in television.  And not only do I […]

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Book Review: Juliet Blackwell’s “Witchcraft Mystery” Series

Posted by Nichole on May 23, 2016 in Book Reviews, Mystery, Paranormal |

In case you haven’t figured it out, I will often find an author I like and then read just about every dang thing they write.  Juliet Blackwell is an author I like.  And on my list of books I’ve read and yet to review are at least three of her Witchcraft Mystery series: In a […]

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Book Review: “The Women of Duck Commander”

Posted by Nichole on March 26, 2016 in Book Reviews, Non-Fiction |

Let me tell you a little something about my life.  My husband is a country boy.  And I don’t mean that he’s just a “drive the pick up and listen to Blake Shelton on the radio” kinda guy.  He’s a “Hank Williams, let’s go deer hunting, wore his good cowboy boots to our wedding” kind […]

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Book Review: Liv Bergen series

Posted by Nichole on March 6, 2016 in Book Reviews, FanGirl, Mystery |

I’ve talked about this series before and I just can’t say enough things about it. If you don’t know anything about the Liv Bergen series, here’s a crash course.  Liv is a strong, independent woman who comes from a family of nine children.  The family is in the mining business, and Liv is definitely at […]

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Book review: “Death on the Greasy Grass”

Posted by Nichole on March 16, 2015 in Book Reviews, Mystery |

I picked this one up because of the title: Death on the Greasy Grass.  I mean, seriously.  Greasy Grass.  How amazingly descriptive is that? Then I read the book’s summary and I knew I had to buy it.  There’s a Battle of Little Big Horn reenactment, an FBI agent trying to take a few days […]

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Book Review: Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy

Posted by Nichole on December 8, 2014 in Book Reviews, Paranormal |

Here’s another review that’s a little out of my normal reading genre.  Kind of. The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy isn’t a mystery.  It falls squarely in the romance genre.  So squarely, in fact, that it’s a Nora Roberts trilogy. However, the setting and the topic appealed to me (Ireland and magic), so I couldn’t resist picking […]

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Book Review: “A Haunting Dream”

Posted by Nichole on July 14, 2014 in Book Reviews, Mystery, Paranormal |

I am a huge fan of Joyce and Jim Lavene and all their various series.  Well, at least the ones I’m familiar with anyway. A Haunting Dream is part of the MIssing Pieces series and is set in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  In this series, Dae O’Donnell has a gift for finding lost […]

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Book Review: “The Cold Dish”

Posted by Nichole on March 2, 2014 in Book Reviews, FanGirl, Mystery |

There are a lot of things I really dislike about winter.  I dislike the cold.  And the fewer hours of sunlight.  And the cold. I also dislike the fact that A&E doesn’t have Longmire on. I’ll admit that I am not usually a fan of westerns.  I mean, really.  I’m not a “horse” girl.  I […]

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