Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Year, New Goals, and Diligence

Because of my book deadline last week I missed all the blog posts about New Year resolutions/goals/dreams on the other blogs for 2012.

But that doesn't mean I haven't been thinking of you or my blog and what I could do to make 2012 more engaging and productive.

Every New Year I feel as though I've been given a "do-over" and can start fresh.

There's so much I want to do:

read more books,

write more books,

and think up more stories.

But I also want to have more focus and direction in my personal life. I want to go beyond the "lose weight" goal this year. I want to do things that will help me become a better person. And I thought why not include you on my quest.

Soooo this year I'd like to try something on my blog. I thought I might devote each month to a theme that would help us "be all that we can be" not only in our personal lives but with our writing as well. Toward the end of 2011 I started posting on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I'm still going to do that, but I'm going to focus both postings on a theme for the month. Tuesdays are still going to be up close and personal but I'm going to also write about concerns I have or goals I'm trying to achieve in regards to the theme. Thursdays are still about writing, or a book I've read, but focused on the theme.

We're already a week into January. Yikes!

The theme for January will be "Diligence".

To kick this off, let me tell you something that happened to me during the Christmas holiday . . .

Every year after Christmas, Hubby and I usually drive up to Park City and spend the day.

This year our daughter went with us. It's nice to get out of the city and walk around in the crisp mountain air. We had lunch and then drove home. Later that night as Hubby and I were getting in bed the phone rang. Hubby answered and was quiet for a while. I was thinking someone in the family had an accident or something. Pretty soon, Hubby put his hand over the phone's mouthpiece and said that it was the manager of the Wendy's in Park City where we'd had lunch. He was wondering if I'd lost my purse.

My purse?!

I leaped out of bed and searched the house. I couldn't find it. When we'd stopped for lunch, I remembered putting the strap of my purse on the back of my chair. I don't usually do that because I don't want someone slipping it off without my notice, but since my back was to the wall, I had done it. I didn't miss my purse because I had my cell phone in my coat pocket.

Needless to say after Hubby hung up the phone, we got dressed, jumped in the car, and drove back up the mountain to Park City to get my purse. On the way I was plagued with thoughts of having to close our credit card and bank accounts along with having to get a new driver's license. I was right on the edge of freaking out, but still holding it together. (I hate it when that happens.) We arrived at Wendy's about 1:00 a.m.. When the manager gave me my purse, I was relieved to find everything was still there. NOTHING had been taken. He told me that as soon as they had found the purse, he'd put it in his safe.

I'm so grateful to the manager at Wendy's and his thoughtfulness. Three cheers for Wendy's!!! You'd better believe I'm a loyal customer from now on.

I'm bound and determined to be more diligent in keeping track of my purse.

Diligence in the dictionary says: persevering application: assiduity, speed, haste, the attention and care legally expected or required of a person.

Are you like me and need to work on diligence? There are so many areas in life where becoming more diligent can help us.

Hey, and might I add, if you're going out to eat, you might want to check out your friendly, neighborhood Wendy's. :)



  1. Hi Kathi -

    Oh my, I'm so glad you got your purse back! The thought of losing mine sends shivers down my spine.

    I like your theme-based blogging for 2012. I'm sure it will eliminate much of the, what-do-I-write today syndrome. :)


  2. Wow...I'm so glad the manager found your purse. I would have been terrified too.

    Having a monthly theme sounds wonderful!

    Happy New Year, Kathi!

  3. Yay for honest people! And I like your self-improvement ideas.

  4. I think I need to be more diligent in defining my writing hours vs. my social media time! Some days I find the two blurring and then of course I spend way too much time online.
    Your theme idea is a great one Kathi!

  5. Three cheers for Wendy's indeed!

    I like your January theme. Happy 2012!

  6. I was pretty upset until I got it back. What a relief.

    I hope theme-based blogging keeps me more focused not only in my blog postings but also on improving other areas of my life.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Sharon,
    I was very fortunate that the manager found the purse before someone else did.

    Themes help me in writing my books. I'm hopeful they'll help not only me but those who visit here.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Victoria,
    It's nice to know there are honest people in the world. And brother am I glad.

    By the way, I used your bread recipe to make white bread. It was fabulous. That is the very best bread recipe ever and so easy to do. Thanks again for posting it.

  9. Coleen:
    I hear you on being diligent over the time spent doing social media and keeping it from leaking over to writing time. It's easy to get involved and then realize you've been online for over an hour and haven't written on your book.

    I'm with you on that. Which reminds me . . . :)

  10. Thanks, Talli!

    Yes, Wendy's rules!!!

    Best wishes to you for 2012.

  11. I left my purse in Borders once. The only identification in it was my credit card because my I.D. was in my coat pocket. The manager actually went to the trouble of calling the credit card company and the credit card company contacted me. It was nice to know that there are decent people out there. As for diligence, I need to exercise it, for sure.

  12. Oh wow!I freak out all the time thinking I have left my purse someplace. Funny thing,a few years ago I was out with my daughter taking her to visit a college and stopped at a Wendy's. we left and when we got to our destination,she discovered she'd lost her purse. So we raced back there--an hour away while I made her call and cancel her credit card etc. When we got there, the manager had put it in the safe and gave it to her. Whew. YAY WENDY'S!!!

  13. Kathi, sure glad that incident turned out good for you because it sure could have been a disaster if someone bad had found the purse first.
    I love Chili at Wendy's and stop often for that, it is my fav.
    I like the things that you plan to be more diligent about, thanks for sharing them.
    Paula O

  14. Susan,
    That had to be so scary. Thank heavens for honest people who go the extra mile to help others. Your story makes me miss the Border stores that closed in our city.

    I've never really thought much about diligence until I read about how important it is to exercise it. So, we're in this together. :)

  15. Terri:
    Your poor daughter. What a scary ordeal. I totally know how she felt. Thank goodness for the wonderful people at Wendy's!!!

  16. Paula,
    I've never had chili at Wendy's. I'll have to give it a try. Wendy's has quickly become one of my favorite places for fast food.

    Thanks for stopping by. :)

  17. Dilligence is a good theme :)

    Especially in keeping track of important things like a purse. I hate it when I have to replace cards and ID and SSN and all that.

    I'm so glad you didn't have to. Yes, three cheers to honesty.


  18. Donna,
    I'm glad you like diligence as a theme. And brother, am I going to be more diligent when it comes to my purse. Lesson learned!!!



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