Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year: New Year/New Look by Lisa Mondello

Hello from Lisa Mondello! I'm always excited when a new year rolls around. It gives me time to evaluate what I've done, what I want to do and how I want to do it!

First let me say that Pam, our amazing web person, has given us new look while we were all out celebrating the new year. I think it looks fabulous! What do you think?

Second, I'm going to brave and talk about resolutions. I know, I know. To some, it's a dirty word. To others, resolutions are meant to break. To me, they're just an opportunity to think about where I am and what's next. Simple. Nothing to get all flustered about. Those of you who break out into hives when you read resolutions, you may want to skip this part and go back and read our 12 Days of Christmas story that the Craftie Ladies wrote just before Christmas. The rest of you can chime in with your own resolutions if you dare!

1. Exercise. I'm a wimp when it comes to that. I realized that when I stopped working 9-5 in Corporate America, the most activity I got during the day came from walking from the desk to the coffee pot. Granted, coffee is an addiction for me and I can get a good workout just doing that. But it's not enough. So I'm going to put exercise on my lists of must dos each day.

2. Housework. (Yes, I know. Another dirty word. But it can't be helped.) Housework is the one thing that falls by the wayside when I'm writing. It always amazes me that I can get so engrossed in a story that I don't even see dust...until I send off my manuscript. Then I can't believe how bad it got.

3. Read the classics and read out of my comfort zone. I find that I read what I love...other romance novels. I do that because I know what I like and since I have such a limited amount of time because of my busy schedule, I don't want to waste that time on something I may not like. But that never gives me a different perspective on style, story, structure, etc. So I'm going to start reacquainting myself with the classics and go from there. I'm open to suggestions!

Okay, that's it. It was painless. Well, on paper anyway. What are your resolutions? Tell me if you dare!

Many blessings, Lisa Mondello


  1. i hadn't exactly made a resolution as such...but those that you mentioned are ones i am working on as well, not the writing part though. Also, eating less ... i was told by my doctor that if i say i live to eat, i am making a god out of food. i don't want that. i also want to spend more time meditating on the devotions i read. Thanks

  2. I actually road my bike yesterday. And, Mike went with me. He kept up and everything! This will definitely make exercising easier.

  3. My resolution is to lose weight and walk more often in the Huntington Gardens near me where I can smell the roses!

  4. I do love the sight. Great job! It makes me want to paint some walls!

    Lisa, I am looking foward to your next book.

    I am not doing the resolutions this year. I am doing My One Word by picking one word that defines the characteristics of the person I want to become this year, researching scriptures and voila! A new way of setting goals. I failed miserably the other way.

  5. Cool idea, Julie! Let me know how that works out.

    Okay, a few of us are on the exercise bandwagon. We can cheer each other on.

    Pam, there's still snow on the ground here in Mass. The bike won't be coming out until the spring.

  6. Snow. You have snow. LOL I'm so jealous.

  7. Just before crhissy i made a fresh start n place 2 live, new house mates and hopefully a new job. So I've made a simple goal of trying to lose 1 kilo a month.


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