Today I’m welcoming, Julie Ryan, whom I first met through Facebook goodness knows how long ago. Julie is a big supporter of her fellow authors, regularly reviewing and featuring the likes of me on her own blog and I’m so pleased to be able to return the gesture.
Here she is, chatting about her New Year resolutions.
To make or not to make…New Year Resolutions
With the start of a brand new year, it’s time for a clean slate. I wonder how many of you will be making resolutions this year and more importantly how long you will manage to keep them?
Each year I start full of optimistic zeal that this will be the year I give up chocolate and lose weight – that resolution lasted until precisely 4.10pm on January 1st last year when I found a Terry’s chocolate orange that had been left over from Christmas. The problem of course is, as soon as you ‘ban’ something, you crave it even more. Then comes the cycle of feeling bad because you broke the resolution. That’s why 2018 is going to be different. Out with the negativity and in with some new positive thinking. So, this is what I’ve decided for 2018:
1. I resolve NOT to give up anything and especially not chocolate but to eat it in moderation!! (That means a chunk rather than the whole bar)
2. I resolve NOT to try and lose weight but to get fitter instead. (This means using the new cycle I got for Christmas instead of allowing it to become an expensive coat hanger.)
3. I resolve to AIM to write every day even if it’s just a few words (but not to feel a failure if life sometimes gets in the way.)
4. I will TRY to be more proactive in promoting myself. (I find it easy to promote other authors but am somewhat reticent when it comes to blowing my own trumpet.
Of course these are just a few of my personal reflections and are hopefully a little more achievable. What I really wish for in 2018 however is that people show just a little bit more kindness to each other. Perhaps then little by little, with a random act of kindness, we can make the world a better place. I’d like to start the ball rolling by offering an e-copy of my book ‘Callie’s Christmas Countdown’ to up to 3 people drawn at random who comment on the blog page below leaving their twitter handle so I can contact you. Let’s make 2018 just a little bit fabulous.
Julie Ryan’s roots are in a small mining village in South Yorkshire. After a degree in French Language and Literature, wanderlust kicked in and she lived and worked in France, Poland, Thailand and Greece. Her spirit enriched, her imagination fired, Julie started a series of mystery romances, thrillers set in the Greek Isles.
Jenna’s Journey is the first novel in Julie Ryan’s Greek Islands Series, a series she did not set out to create but which took on its own life and grew, rich and fascinating. This is the first of three published so far and promises to delight readers looking for the hidden dark sides of dream vacations in the Greek Isles.
In a new venture, Julie’s latest book is a short rom-com called Callie’s Christmas Countdown.
A prolific and well-known book review blogger, Julie does her writing and reviewing from rural Gloucestershire, where she lives with her husband, son and dippy cat with half a tail.