#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

12 New Things

Every year, around this time, I start thinking about my plans and hopes for the New Year.  Inspired by Debbie Macomber, a dear friend, I like to choose a theme word, and I’ve selected “Renewal” for 2017.  As in, “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind..”

Frankly, I don’t make resolutions–in my case, they seem to be made to be broken.  :)  I do set goals, but I’m a greater believer in the God-Has-A-Better-Idea approach, so I’m inclined to say, “This is what I would like to happen, Lord, but it’s up to You.”  

I’ve been setting up my bullet journal (see Pinterest for zillions of great ideas and explanations) for 2017, with lots of things included: sections for tracking my progress with habits I’m hoping to make or break, lists of possible blog themes, books I’m reading or listening to.  The Civil War histories have their own section, and I record all other books separately.  I include an affirmation and a favorite Bible verse for each week, as well, and this is nice because it keeps my thoughts going in a positive direction.  I’ve outlined my goals, using lots of shapes and colors, and this year I’ve decided I will do 12 New Things, one each month.  I haven’t decided what they will be yet, and they can be large or small or in-between–I just want to be a little more adventurous.  :)  

I’m still listening to hiking books.  Go figure.  I’m well into HIKING THROUGH, by Paul Stutzman, vicariously traveling the Appalachian Trail.  I’m learning a lot in the process; for instance, there are through-hikers and section hikers.  The first group does the whole trail in one go, from start to finish, while the second, as you’ve probably guessed, does a section of any given hike whenever they have the time and/or money.  It’s a challenging project, as you can imagine–blisters are always a hazard, as are bears, wasps, dehydration, bad water, broken bones, wrong turns, heavy packs and running out of food between supply stations.

Which is why I’m a vicarious hiker.

21 comments to “12 New Things”

  1. Terri Shortell
      · December 15th, 2016 at 6:08 pm · Link

    I don’t make resolutions either. I make suggestions to myself and try to accomplish those goals. I quit saying I’m going to lose X amount of weight, and just say I plan to eat healthier and live a healthier lifestyle.

    • Gloria Herring
        · December 15th, 2016 at 7:05 pm · Link

      Good idea. I may try that on the weight loss.

  2. Sherry Wallace
      · December 15th, 2016 at 6:49 pm · Link

    I have done short hikes in the Smokey Mts & many in RMNP, because my brother use to live in foothills of Denver. Not more than few hours @ a time & never overnight! I need a hot shower & bed to sleep in! However, the whole experience is so much better on the back of a horse!!

  3. Barbara Murcray
      · December 15th, 2016 at 6:54 pm · Link

    This is what I am striving for next year. Tranquility a peaceful, calm state, without noise, violence, worry, etc…..
    Living in peace and tranquility. I love the tranquility of the countryside and the slower pace of life. As I child I lived on a ranch in Colorado. I miss the horses and cows. Even though it was a lot of work I found it was the most peaceful time in my life. I am striving to find that again.

  4. Gloria Herring
      · December 15th, 2016 at 7:03 pm · Link

    I don’t make resolutions, either. But, I do want to try to improve on this year, which has been a pretty good year, all in all. God is good!!!

  5. Melaine
      · December 15th, 2016 at 8:19 pm · Link

    How do you do it all? Does Jen help you put things together? I think my new name for you will be, “accomplished author and SUPER WOMAN.”

  6. Ann Bartholomew
      · December 15th, 2016 at 8:50 pm · Link

    My son-in-law and oldest granddaughter like to hike. Today I got him a book for Christmas at Barnes and Noble about 50 hiking trails in KY, where we live. My participation will be of the armchair variety!

  7. Eriko
      · December 15th, 2016 at 8:55 pm · Link

    I love your zest for life!

  8. Cathy
      · December 15th, 2016 at 9:06 pm · Link

    My word last year was strength haven’t come up with this years yet

    Love your books and blogs my last hiking was done at some castles in England / I love nature but want history and civilization too

  9. marie
      · December 15th, 2016 at 9:33 pm · Link

    Linda, you may want to read a recent book by Robyn carr called
    WHAT WE FIND. lots of hiking and trail info in the story.

  10. Louise McCourt
      · December 15th, 2016 at 9:34 pm · Link

    I agree with you regarding “This is what I would like to happen”. I also used to be a hiker, but old age and arthritis put it down to strolls..in warm weather. Have a good day.

  11. Virginia Horton
      · December 15th, 2016 at 10:14 pm · Link

    I don’t make resolutions either, I don’t stick with them. I never have been much into hiking but I do enjoy a good walk. A mile or two is plenty for me but I can’t do it in cold weather, my bones can’t take it to much anymore. I did take a walk last week but its to cold now to do so. I paid for that walk with muscle cramps.

  12. Leanna
      · December 15th, 2016 at 10:25 pm · Link

    My New Years resolution this year was to be better about writing reviews for the books I read. I have written a review for probably 90% of the 96 books I have read this year.

  13. Jane
      · December 16th, 2016 at 7:31 am · Link

    I don’t do resolutions either. I consider myself a work in progress so I will constantly be looking for ways to improve/make myself better. Why limit myself to one time a year?

  14. Barbara
      · December 16th, 2016 at 8:32 am · Link

    You certainly spend a lot of time focusing and working towards the person you want to be. I guess it just doesn’t “happen”. Something to think about :wink:

  15. Vicki
      · December 16th, 2016 at 8:45 am · Link

    Thank you for reminding me, I need to find my word for the coming year. My idea of a theme word and resolution is to try to “partner” with what it looks like God is doing in my life. I like your word renewal. For me a struggle with adjusting to life with RA seemed to put a hold on dreaming for the future for the recent couple of years…things are under pretty decent control now and I’m ready to explore new and fun ideas….

  16. Marjorie Martin
      · December 16th, 2016 at 11:31 am · Link

    Have a very Merry Christmas. I would like to thank you for showing your faith. I really enjoy reading your posts as they are so down-to-earth. You really inspire me. I am not good at resolutions either so will use your “God” philosophy also. After all, isn’t there a phrase about want to make God Laugh, tell him your plans!?!?! I truly believe I serve a God who has a sense of humor and in times of trouble in my life he had to teach me to laugh to bring Joy back into my life. Keep up the good work. Many blessings to you in the new year.

  17. Marilou Frary
      · December 16th, 2016 at 5:24 pm · Link

    Merry Christmas to one of my favorite autors.

  18. Diane Sallans
      · December 16th, 2016 at 10:51 pm · Link

    I’m apprehensive about what will be happening over the next several years, not too much for myself, but for others who are in vulnerable positions & for the future if environmental protections are not attended to. I think I will be doing even more reading next year.

  19. Ruby Norwood
      · December 17th, 2016 at 7:59 am · Link

    I don’t make resolutions either, because if I make up my mind to do something, I just do it. My husband tells me all the time that I have more willpower than anyone he knows. I had to brag on myself a little bit. Lol Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!!

  20. Deborah
      · December 19th, 2016 at 8:35 am · Link

    Here’s to being adventurous! I really like your idea of doing 12 New Things things this year.

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