50 Resolutions in 50 Weeks Before I’m 50: Resolution 5


It’s been a month on my quest to change my life. Overall, I love the idea of resolutions. They help me keep on track with things I want to accomplish, but tend to blot out of mind when life gets too hectic. For fifty weeks, I have to think about resolutions, all of them everyday.

How am I doing so far?

  1.  Journaling

I’m surprisingly not great with this. I’m too tired to write before I go to bed at night and so I write a few sentences in the morning. More a summary of my day than an overview of my feelings.

  1. No television after 8pm

My family time has become richer by shutting off the television at night. I work on my computer, but I’m available for everyone while they’re doing homework and as they wind down for the day.

  1. Exercise everyday

When I get my exercise done in the morning, I’m good. But if I try to fit it in later in the day, I miss exercise over 60% of the time.

  1. Eat better, at least one salad and one nutrition shake per day.

Forcing myself to eat has been a blessing. I eat salad everyday, and have a shake for breakfast. They are filling enough to me that I don’t snack as much. So this one so has been the best resolution yet.

As time goes by, my life is better with these tweaks, but nothing is perfect. I have good days and bad days, but doing nothing is not an option.

For my fifth resolution?

My brother wants me to try meditation. I hate meditation. The idea of trying to not think about anything for a writer who has thirty plots trolling the background of her mind daily makes the task impossible. If I’m stressing about whether I can get away with a pounding heart in a scene instead of something infinitely more unique, to I’m thinking about my grocery list or whether the kids brought their homework to school.

As a compromise, I’m going to try two minutes of mediation per day. I can do anything for two minutes, except planks. I even have a guided mediation program on my phone. I’ve got this.


Romance Weekly-Orange Cinnamon Crockpot Chicken

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So we’re all providing quick meals this week. If you missed Carolyn Spear http://www.carolynspearromance.com/blog, hop back for her Caribbean Fish With Mango Salsa recipe!!!


I make this meal before I sit at my computer in the morning and don’t think about it all day. Serve over rice and add a salad for a complete meal.


Orange Cinnamon Crockpot Chicken

This is gluten free because I have a GF kid.


  • 4 lbs chicken breasts
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/4 lb olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pepper
  • salt
  • orange slices
  • cinnamon sticks.


  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet, and brown chicken.
  • Remove chicken to the crockpot as they brown.
  • Combine all other ingredients in skillet.
  • Mix well and pour over chicken.
  • Cover pot, turn on LOW and cook 4-6 hours, or until chicken is tender.
  • Remove one cup of sauce from pot and combine with flour, mixing well.
  • Return flour mixture to the pot.
  • Turn pot on HIGH and cook an additional 30 minutes.
  • Garnish with the orange slices and cinnamon sticks.


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