Happy New Year!!!

Hiya, Welcome back to PEP! Happy New Year!! Here’s to a great 2018! Happy-New-Year-Sayings

I have several goals that I intend to fulfill this next year. I don’t waste my time with resolutions, I never manage to keep them and no one I know has ever managed to keep them. Whereas goals are more attainable and while I still don’t make them all, I make more than one, I make at least a couple of them. I also make short term goals and long term goals. The short term goals, such as losing a certain amount of weight, and a few long term goals, such as learning a new skill, have different end dates. The short term goals are within the first six months and the long term goals are by the end of the year. This year, I do have a couple of weight goals, toning goals, and skills goals. I don’t know about the weight goals but I’ll probably update about the toning, exercise and skills goals I have as I achieve them. This coming year, I’ll be continuing the same new recipe weekly I’ve been doing the last four years. Each week, I make a new recipe, each month a certain theme. January is crockpot month, also known as slow-cooker recipes. I’m also going to add on a weekly baking recipe this year. I want to eventually bake professional as well as my writing and want to expand my recipe array. I just got a new recipe binder that I’ll be updating with just baking recipes and continuing adding my savory recipes to the first one. On here, I’ll be updating each week with the recipe of the week, both savory and baking and how they went as well as some pictures. I also want to create new products for Imaginative HandiCrafts and expand the inventory. I also intend to share more of my writing here as well as publishing at various sources. I also intend to submit a book for publishing. I’ll keep you updated as to how that goes. I’ll be posting each week here. I don’t have plans to up my posting schedule as once a week, every Monday, is working well right now but that could change. I’ll also be moving with a new career, a huge step for me. 2018 is going to be a BIG year for me. With this blog, I’m hoping it’ll be additional accountability for me to achieve every one of my goals.

This week’s question: Do you have a plan? Do you need a plan? Have you had a plan fall spectacularly to pieces?
My answer: This question is fairly open-ended. So I’m going to answer short term and literally. I have a plan, as I do need a plan to achieve my goals. However, I have a few different plans as no plan is 100% in stone, unable to fail, and if a plan doesn’t work, I roll with the punches. I wouldn’t say I’ve had a plan fall spectacularly to pieces but I have had plans fail and had to change as I kept moving.
What’s your answer?

This week’s baking: I didn’t end up doing any of my baking this week as not only was it holiday week and I chose to take the time off. Also, there’s only a few of us to eat the sweets I’ve baked thus far and they aren’t all gone yet. So, I’ll be making the red velvet cake and mint chocolate cookies this next week or two. I’ll update ya’ll on the progress of that as well as the first savory recipe of 2018 next week.

This week’s writing:
She was the broken and battered girl who longed to be loved, though she was painstakingly careful no one could see that side of her, and he was the misunderstood boy who only wanted to love, also hidden just as well. Until today, she’d never paid him any attention, but he saw her.
But she couldn’t help but see him today as she turned from her locker and bumped directly into him. She froze, everyone knew of Matthew’s reputation, infamous as it was. No one ever wanted to be around him in fear of being hurt. They also knew where his locker was, as little as he used it, and it was nowhere near hers.
“Yes?”
He didn’t say anything, simply stared at her with his dark brown eyes under black fringe.
Proud of her voice staying steady, “Can I help you?”
Still silent, he simply handed her a yellow rose before turning and leaving, leaving Marigold and the surrounding students speechless. She gazed at her hand, still clutching the yellow rose. There had to be a reason for this, and the first step was figuring out what the yellow rose signified as flowers held their own language. © Paula Crofoot

Monday Motivation: The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.

Writing Prompt: This is the first prompt of January which means it’s time for the Chain Prompt. Remember how it works? I write a little b it on this prompt, then ya’ll pick it up in the comments and we keep it going.
When I lifted my head, I only saw fangs glimmering in the moonlight. I jolted back but before I could even lift my feet, a dark voice rang through the dim light.
“Don’t bother, darling. Even if you were to get by me, I have friends here that won’t let you leave without talking to me.”
“I don’t want to talk to you!”
“How come? It can’t be the fangs, you just saw them for the first time.”
I swallowed hard, “No, that was a jolt but no. You’re a player, everyone knows it.”
“Is that why you won’t give me a chance.”
“That’s all I need.”
“So my side of the story doesn’t matter?”
I hesitated, did it?

Music I’m listening to as I’m posting this: I’m listening to every song, over 2200, on shuffle as I write and post this on my new laptop that I got for Christmas-which was a total surprise; Settlin’: Sugarland-Enjoy the Ride.

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