Blogging Resolutions

New YearMy approach to resolutions has changed over the years.  It used to be a list of things I “should” do but seldom did but now it is becoming a list of things I would like to do and usually do.  Needless to say the list is much smaller than it used to be but it is also more realistic.  As I wrote last year, it is less resolution and more commitment to myself.

The list does not usually appear all at once on New Year’s Day now either. It is more likely to be a list which evolves through the month of January while the air is still full of hope and possibility for the year ahead and while I’m still writing last years date on everything including cheques and  Christmas thank you notes.

Last year one of my resolves was this blog.  At first I determined I would write a blog every day which proved a bit of a lofty goal and was downsized to every work day.  I did it.  I got through the year and wrote 264 blogs.  The first 43 of the year appeared on my business web site, River of Hope Enterprises.  In February I discovered Word Press Blogs and took the first round of Blogging 101 and the remainder have been here since then.  My blog attempts before that were sporadic and also appeared on my business page.

The statistics from this year, kindly provided by Word Press, tell me my most viewed blog was A Sleepless December Night which I wrote last week. They also tell me my blog is most often read on Tuesday and most of you read it at 7:00 p.m. I would have to do a whole lot more research to figure out which sorts of blogs you read most but I believe they are the ones which are more like stories.  The ones which pull heart strings and perhaps cause the occasional tear to form in your eye.

Knowing all of this and combining it with some very real priorities which need attention I have decided to make some changes to my blog.  Rather than daily I will publish only Tuesday and Friday though those may not be the days they are written.   Thanks to the miracle of Word Press I can write the blog and then post it at any time on any date in the future I wish.

I want to thank all of my faithful readers for your encouragement and supportive comments on this journey.  It was fun even though sometimes tiring.  It was good to get back into the habits of writing and the discipline was good for me.  I found things to write about when I didn’t think there was anything to write about.  I also began to find things to write about in the strangest places as I became more cognizant of the task.

Where this year will take me I have no idea.  The blog twice a week is a given though you may not know if I wrote them all on Saturday.  A big part of my year needs to be devoted to my new vocation of spiritual direction.  I would also like to begin doing more reading and perhaps even venture into other forms of writing.

Thanks again. dying rose



About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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