I am not one for resolutions.

Slow changes, a bit at a time no matter what date it is on the calendar, work better for me in the long run than those cliff-diving, life-altering lists of resolutions written in a scribble of post-holiday sugar, adrenaline, and extra-sleep.

I know myself too well; I long ago gave up on writing detailed to-do lists because they began to mock me from the kitchen windowsill, practically sitting up and waving themselves in my face to let me know that it was already 11:00 pm and I'd only crossed off one or two items for the day.

Being the mature adult that I am, I couldn't just let them mock me; oh no-no-no.

Before I knew it, I'd be folding laundry or paying bills online or doing some inane task into the wee hours of the night rather than just tossing myself into bed and tackling it the next day.

So I no longer make resolutions or to-do lists - well, not ones longer than my arm, anyways - and instead I just try to have a set of goals, both short-term and long-term {ok, mostly long-term these days given my current status as uber-busy mom} that I'm working toward achieving.

Writing a book has always been one of those goals, but that one's firmly in the long-haul category right now.

I wish I could tell you that I'd figured out some magic way to squeeze in time to write.

I wish I could share with you a system to keep your kids fed, your house clean, your laundry tamed, your dogs walked, your marriage strong, and your writing muse happy all at once.

I wish I could give you a dose of confidence to let go of the fear of falling, the fear of failing, so you could write from the rock-bottom of your heart and soul.

I'd swallow a dose of that good medicine myself, too.

I can tell you only this: if you must resolve to write something, anything each day, do it because you love it. I often make jokes here about writing that big break-out novel, but in reality my writing time is spent here with all of you.

And for now, that's just dandy with me.

Have you made any resolutions this year? Or do you resolve not to resolve?