I Will Not…….2018

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It is December 31st. I am sitting on my couch watching football. My husband sits across from me and my son is beside me. The older girls are out with friends. It’s bitter cold out so all the cats are in to keep warm. I have been on vacation all week so I have had little motivation and ate way too much, making me feel super fat. But I keep telling myself that it is ok because in 6 hours it will be a new year with new beginnings. (As I type this I am crushing an awesome PB&J.)New Years Resolution Quotes Funny New Year Resolutions Quotes – 1600×1600 Quotes Wallpaper

Are you like me when it comes to the start of the new year? Do you feel fresh and ready to conquer the world? Like a magical fairy waves her wand at the stroke of twelve and all the woes and troubles of 2017 disappear. If only it were that easy.

There are far far better things ahead than any we leave behind. – C.S. Lewis

When I wake up in the morning to the dawn of a new year I am still going to have debt to deal with. My good friend will still have cancer and take chemo.  I am still going to feel fat and miserable. The Broncos are still going to suck. I will still have to go back to work on Tuesday. My inbox will still be full of unanswered messages. And while I am eating cheeseballs, I will be thinking about joining the gym.

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I did a little research on the birth of New Year’s resolutions. And what I found on the History channel website was the Babylonians from back in the day would make promises in order to earn the favor of the gods. Things like paying off debts and giving back borrowed farm equipment.  Well, that sounds easy enough.  I have some Tupperware I need to return to a co-worker.

When we make resolutions we are just setting ourselves up to fail. I mean think about it, you make these promises to yourself to do ABC and XYZ or to stop this and that. It’s the same four resolutions you’ve made every year since 1998. And only 8 percent of us even keep our New Year’s resolutions anyway.

Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending – Carl Bard

I normally make a list of things I want to change at the start of the year. I am 100 percent committed. It is going to be the best…year…ever! And by the end of the week, I have failed miserably. The year just started and it already sucks. I feel like a loser. I don’t want to feel that way this year. So I am going to try a little reverse psychology and instead of making a “Things I want to do in 2018” list, I am going to make a “Things I won’t do in 2018”.

2018 Will Not Do List:

  • I will not stress about what I eat.
  • I will not play HayDay all evening.
  • I will not worry if my son’s hair grows past his ears. (As long as he brushes it.)
  • I will not let Wheel of Fortune be more important than eating with my family at our dinner table.
  • Speaking of dinner, I will not forget to set out the hamburger to thaw.
  • I will not let negative people get in the way of my happiness.
  • I will not let the devil have any power in my life.
  • I will not check my email when I am not at work unless I have set a specific time to do so.
  • I will not hit snooze. Just kidding – yes I will.
  • I will not let spam emails overload my inbox.
  • I will not be bothered when the toilet paper roll is empty, dirty dishes are in the sink because someone was too lazy to take 5 minutes to unload the dishwasher, and the toothpaste that is caked on the side of the sink.
  • I will not forget to tell my family I love them.
  • I will not adopt any more cats. Rob, you’re welcome. 
  • I will not forget to pray in all circumstances.
  • I will not stop laughing.
  • I will not worry about things I can’t control.
  • I will not feel like crap when I don’t have anything to write about.
  • I will not be ashamed to be American.
  • I will not apologize for being a Christian.
  • I will not regret eating a packet of Oreo covered in Nutella.
  • I will not be too busy to donate blood or give back to my community.

 

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I don’t know if looking at New Year’s resolutions from this angle will make a difference or not, but it has to be better than what I have tried the last 15 years. And I really do plan on having an amazing year. I have this sense of calm and peace. I have never felt so excited yet laid back at the beginning of a new year.

I close with this last thought. You have 12 new chapters to write and 365 new opportunities to seize. Don’t get hung up on do’s and don’ts. It doesn’t matter if you make a traditional resolution promise to yourself or manipulate a “will not do” list like I did, go into 2018 with an open mind and grateful heart. Don’t stress about the things you have no control of. Laugh multiple times a day. Do what you say you are going to do. Don’t talk a big game and not follow through. Don’t put up with negative, hateful people that bring you down. Leave that crap in 2017. Do what makes you happy and stand up for your beliefs. Thank God every day for his blessings. Write your best story yet, in 2018.

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Four Years and Counting – Morning Mojo Anniversay

 

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Four years ago today, December 12, 2013, I started Morning Mojo. I was so excited to begin a journey in writing, jotting down my thoughts, sharing the Good News, and providing inspiration to others. I had some big plans for this blog. I was going to write every day and gain a huge following.  I had no idea of the journey God had in store for my family and me just three days after I started this blog.

I was going to write every day and gain a huge following.

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Mallorie walking in the Riverfest Parade with LLS in 2015

My next enter wasn’t until December 26, the day after Christmas. I wasn’t about Santa or what was under the tree. It was a very somber Christmas that year. On December 15th we found out our daughter had leukemia. I don’t want to spend a lot of time talking about her cancer. It sucked. All cancer sucks. I don’t care what type or the age, cancer…..sucks. But because of her illness, my writing was a lot less “mojo” and more about pain, hurt, and struggle. I even thought about changing the name to something else. I was in a writing dilemma. Instead of my blog having one voice, it shared many voices. If you would like to read the post from December 26th, you can do so here. I haven’t had the nerve to read it since the day I wrote it.

I read so many amazing posts on here that it can give you a writing complex.

Moving on to a little bit happier times, I have been a guest blogger a few times throughout the years. That was cool. I was so nervous. I read so many amazing posts on here that it can give you a writing complex.

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Logan’s football picture. Just posting it because I think he is cute. That is all.

One of my favorite posts was about my daughter, Madison, graduating from high school. I have written some pretty good post about God and his awesomeness. I have taken writing challenges. I love my Mini Mojo posts. I even completed a couple of WordPress classes.

I’ve become one hip grandma and adopted like a million cats.

In these past four years, I have been married to my best friend (we’ve been married like nine years. He reads my post, so I want to make sure he knows that I know how long we’ve been married.)

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WWE Live at Intrust Bank Arena.

Kids have graduated, learned to drive, and Logan started kindergarten and played football for the first time. Let me be clear, he didn’t play football in kindergarten. Kindergarten was three years ago. Football was this year. And he was good. (That whole football experience is a post in itself. Stay tuned.) I’ve become one hip grandma and adopted like a million cats. I got laid off for the first time and changed jobs twice. Oh, and I can’t forget that I have attended four WWE live shows. (Insert Ric Flair wahoo here.)

These past four years have been nothing like I had planned them to be. My writing might be scattered brained from time to time, and I go months without a post, but that is ok. Maybe that is what makes Morning Mojo unique. I mean I don’t even post in the mornings very often. I am looking forward to the next four years and where my writing takes me. Who knows, maybe I can start writing articles for WWE?

My writing might be scattered brained from time to time, and I go months without a post, but that is ok.

I guess you might be wondering about Mallorie’s outcome since December 15, 2013. She had many ups and downs. She got very sick, had multiple hospital stays and lost her hair twice. She has had some emotional issues along the way. But today she is a happy, healthy 15-year-old with curly hair. She had her last treatment in May 2016. All we do now is bi-monthly check-ups. It’s freaking great!

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Mallorie this summer.

Thank you for reading and following my blog. Here is to another four years.

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Me being a dork.

 

The Annoying Shirt Mishap

There it is….you see it sticking out like a sore thumb. You try not to look at it, but you can’t help but stare with the corner of your eye. (Cue dramatic music) You have a snag in your shirt.

Don’t you just hate that? I mean you have this shirt you’ve been rocking for awhile and you know you look good in it and one day BAM you catch the sleeve on something and you get the annoying, unfixable in most cases, snag.

It seems to glare at you as it grows with each move of your arm. You want to pull the sucker back into its place, but the knit fabric won’t allow it. With a deep sigh, you wave your white flag in surrender to the annoying snag.

Goodbye dear shirt…..you will be missed.

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Regret

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Regret. Do you ever think about the things in your life you wish you hadn’t done? When I hear the word regret, I picture a black wall. I think of should have, would have, could have. I see a fork in the road. Do I take the left side or the right? What if I make the wrong decision. My ears hear moaning and sighs. I picture hands covering a face as the head moves back and forth.

I have things I regret. I regret chasing my sister through the house and busting through the glass door. I regret eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal when I had the stomach flu. I regret back talking my mom in the checkout line in Wal-Mart. I regret not studying for that math test in 6th grade. I regret hitting that classic Ford Mustang and driving off to tell my mom and the cops are looking for me because I technically did a thing called a “hit and run.”

I regret not pursuing acting. I love theater. I always wanted to live in New York and work on SNL. I regret that one night I drank too much Hot Damn. I regret not telling my grandmothers I loved them more before they passed away.

What do you regret doing or not doing? What do you think would have happened in your life if you did the thing you regret?

 

 

I Have Nothing To Write About

I have been trying to figure out what to write about for a long time. It seemed like every time I opened my laptop I would just stare at a blank screen. I am not sure why? I love writing. It is what gives me much satisfaction. But I guess sometimes your mojo just needs some R&R.

So tonight I noticed the laptop was unoccupied so I hopped on to see if anything struck my fancy to write about. And at first, not a darn thing. Well, I guess that is not completely true. I thought I could write about September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, or that I already put up my fall decorations. I could post about my kids first few weeks of school or how I can not wait for Bronco’s football to officially start. It’s next Thursday if you were wondering. I toyed with the idea of sharing my recent on-line grocery shopping experience. Side note: I absolutely loved it.

I could share that I have probably gained 20 pounds in the last 4 months. I don’t think for any particular reason except for the fact I like Oreo’s more than I should. To contradict that, I did start Couch25K again. I made it to week 3, and I’ve stopped. I guess it’s because I would rather eat Oreo’s?

I watched WWE’s SmackDown Live tonight with the boy. That is always fun. I missed RAW last night because I watch a documentary about 9/11. Did you know that this year’s Freshman class is the first class to study American History and they weren’t alive when September 11th happened? It’s true, Mallorie is a Freshman and was born in 2002. It’s been 15 years since that tragedy. I guess I could write about that, but that is just too deep and sad for me to write about today.

There is a handful of things I should be doing around the house right now instead of contemplating what to blog about. I need to finish the load of laundry downstairs, I need to pack lunches, feed our glaring of cats, load the dishwasher and take out the trash.

I went to church on Sunday and learned about how God doesn’t call the equipped, but equips the called. And how we can talk about Jesus to other people without begin punched in the face or be labeled as a “salty” Christian. I enjoyed that.

I forgot about the earthquake we had over the weekend. It was like a 5.6. Happened on Saturday morning around 7am. I was still in bed and I thought my husband was stomping through the house. Craziest thing I have ever felt. Not a big fan of earthquakes or tornados if you wanted to know.

Logan has started soccer again and his first game is Saturday. Oh, that reminds me he will need to get bigger cleats by then. Well, I guess it’s ok if he doesn’t. He can wear regular tennis shoes. It’s not like he is playing on the Olympic team. And speaking of the Olympics, when I was watching the Summer Olympics, I found the perfect sport for me, Rugby. I was watching the woman play and it was fantastic. It was soccer, wrestling, football and cheerleading all in one sport. I was amazed.

Gosh, what should I write about? I am totally stumped? I did just run my cat out of the room. I could write about my cats. But that is so lame. I guess I will just think about a topic some more and write another time.

Till next time.

January Has Come and Gone. 2016 Has Already Been A Wild Ride.

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I was approached about doing a monthly blog post recapping each month. Sort of a way to capture memories. So I had to jump on the wagon.

As January comes to a close, I have definitely started the New Year with a bang.

I was laid off.

My uncle passed away.

I had a little bout of depression.

Realized my husband is pretty incredible.

My kids are rock stars.

I have lots of love and support.

Had the best blogging post day ever.

Applied for many jobs.

Made my best batch of chili to date.

Broncos are heading to the Super Bowl.

Nursed one of my cats back to health.

 

I really was hoping 2016 would be a little more laid back, but I did decide this was going to be the year I do more.

If you would like to participate in this blogging event, all you need to do is click the link below to join in. It will be a great way to connect with other bloggers and share your stories. Thank you Basant for inviting me to participate.

My Monthly Memories Blogging Event

Christmas Blogging Challenge- My favorite recipe

I was asked to participate in this fun Christmas Blog Challenge. And today’s topic just happened to be about food, which turns out, I am a big fan of. So, of course I took the challenge.

As I try to think of my favorite Christmas recipe, I go back to my childhood. I haven’t thought about my Grandma William’s peanut butter fudge in  years, but this morning it is in the fore front of my mind. It was so good. I can remember going to my grandparents house in Missouri for Christmas. It would seem like the trip would take FOREVER! I would think about the presents under the tree waiting for me, my family and cousins I would get to see and the food. My Grandma knew how to throw it down in the kitchen.peanut-butter-fudge

I don’t have the recipe for the fudge and I haven’t had it in years, but as I type this, I can smell and taste the sweet goodness. Oh, how I miss those days.  Sometimes I would give anything to go back to just one childhood Christmas.

I just love Blogging and I know a few other people who do too. To join in on the fun of the Christmas Blogging Challenge, I invite.

Always Peachy

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You can get the details and rules at Life of Tracie

12 Days Of Christmas Blogging