Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Simplify 2013


2013-1“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”  ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce

As we ready ourselves to say goodbye to 2012, it starts the age-old tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions, a commitment to one or more personal goals, to reform a habit or complete a project. Among the most popular resolutions are lose weight, exercise, stop smoking and reduce debt.

Recently I read about a study conducted in 2007 involving 3,000 people. Despite the fact that 52% of the participants were confident of success at the start, 88% of those people failed to follow through with their New Year’s resolutions. Why is the failure rate so high when we have the best intentions?

Many people make resolutions as a way to motivate themselves, but often they aren’t ready to give up that bad habit. People may lose the weight or begin to exercise believing their life will change and when it doesn’t they get discouraged. These unrealistic expectations often send people back to their bad habits.

Another reason for failure is not being specific. Saying you want to lose weight is great, but saying you want to lose ten pounds over a three month period is more specific. It’s also wise to focus on one resolution. The more simplified and focused, the greater your chances are at success.

Sharing your resolutions with family members and friends can often make them more sustainable. Encouragement from a loved one can keep you on track when your mind begins to fill with self-doubt. If you find yourself struggling with your resolutions, remember the new year isn’t only about making changes in your life, it’s also a time to be thankful for the gift of another year. Get excited and believe that something great will happen in 2013!


Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

2 thoughts on “Simplify 2013

  1. Happy New Year, Jill. My resolution this year is to move my writing career forward. I will write two more novellas by June, actively seek agent representation, and network by participating at my local chapter luncheon and RWA National or WD Conference this year. By June, I’ll decide whether I want to go back to my novel writing or continue with the novellas. In my personal life, I will do pilates 3-5 times per week for twenty minutes per day.

    What are your goals?


    • Happy New Year, Jolyse! Wow, it sounds like 2013 is going to be a busy year for you. I wish you the best in accomplishing all of your goals. The goal on the top of my list is to complete my NaNoWriMo project from 2012. I’ll need to bring the story to it’s conclusion and then start major rewriting and editing. My NaNo project from 2010 remains in dire need of editing, but I’ve decided to focus on the 2012 story. Another goal is to read one writing book a month, as I have a huge collection that have yet to be studied. Here’s to reaching our goals ~ cheers!


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