Resolutions Race ~ A New Year’s Photostory

I like this image. I took the background image and I’ll probably be re-using this in the future…

Happy New Year everyone! I haven’t seen you guys since Christmas, and I’ve missed posting every day already! But, I’ve got a lot of plans in store for 2021 and I’m very happy with the direction that this blog is going in.

Before we get started, please check out the profile pages! I completely overhauled them and I’m really happy with them. It would mean a lot to me if you guys gave those pages some love!

This photostory is about Cherie trying to complete her New Years resolutions before the New Year. I struggled with beginning this tale because I’ve heard a lot of writing advice that explains not to start a story with your main character waking up. While I wholeheartedly agree that you shouldn’t start a novel that way, I simply couldn’t think of a better introduction for this particular story. Anyway, enjoy!

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Birds chirped outside my window as the sunlight trickled in. Yawns and groans erupted from my tired sisters. Last night, we’d all stayed up fairly late, since we didn’t have school.

“Can we just sleep until 2021?” Candy moaned.

Sandy hopped out of bed. “You don’t want to stay up ‘til midnight with the rest of us?”

Candy perked up. “Well, when you put it like that,”

The five of us began our morning routine. I glanced at the clock. It was already 11 A.M.! 2020 only had a few hours left.

After I’d gotten dressed, I rushed down for breakfast, eager to savor the rest of 2020.

“You girls slept in,” Mommy noted. “I guess that means you’ll have no problem staying up until 2021 then.”

I nodded. “I’m excited!”

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Soon, all of my siblings were in the kitchen.

“Oh good! Since you all slept so late, you can just have cereal. Once you finish, we’re going to make resolutions for 2021,” Mommy explained.

My stomach dropped as I painfully realized I’d forgotten something. After January 1st, I’d forgotten all about my 2020 resolutions. What was I to do? I couldn’t enter into a new year with unfinished business. I didn’t even remember what my resolutions were! There was only one thing to do – complete all of my resolutions before the new year.

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As soon as I finished breakfast, I raced back up to my room. Shuffling through my belongings, I found my notebook. I flipped to the pages to find my resolutions for this year.

*Read 25 books

*Help Mommy with chores

*Write in my journal

*Keep room clean

*Draw lots of pictures

*Clean out my closet

“Hmm,” I thought aloud. This list wasn’t impossible. I’d already read over 25 books. As far as the other things though…

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I eyed my sloppy room and closet. It could definitely use some work. The other things needed a lot of work. Sighing, I started on tidying up my room.

“Cherie!” Mommy called before I could finish my room. “Aren’t you going to come down to talk about our resolutions?”

I stared at my room, defeated. I would have to finish up later. So, I ran downstairs to join my family.

After making a more reasonable list of resolutions for 2021, I returned to chip away at 2020 resolutions.

“Hm, write in my journal? That doesn’t sound too bad,” I thought. I jotted a quick entry into my journal and moved on.

I checked my list again. “Draw lots of pictures”

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I grabbed my crayons and some paper and got to work. I made quite a few drawings, but they weren’t as good as I thought I could make.

“Oh well,” I thought. “I can check it off my list.”

The next thing on my list was to help Mommy with some chores. I found Mommy reading in the living room.

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“Do you need any help with anything?” I asked.

“Uh, not that I can think of,” Mommy replied. “Thank you though sweetie.”

I sighed. “Are you sure?”

Mommy looked at me in confusion. “What’s going on?”

Mommy could always tell when something was wrong.

“I’m trying to complete all my new years resolutions from 2020, but I can’t! They’re too hard.” I dejectedly slumped onto the couch.

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Mommy laughed. “Cherie, you can’t complete all your resolutions. It’s good to make goals for yourself, but there’s nothing wrong with not completing them. It happens to everyone.”

I thought about my pictures. Was it good that I made a lot of terrible drawings just for the sake of having them, or would it have been better if I’d made a few good drawings throughout the year? Mommy was right, I couldn’t do everything in one day.

I looked again at my list of resolutions. This stuff wasn’t really important. I would feel much better if I forgot this list and spent the rest of my holiday doing whatever I wanted to.

“You’re right Mommy,” I replied. “Thank you.”

Mommy grinned. “Well, of course I’m right!”

“Oh! I just remembered that I need to wash the dishes. Want to help me?” Mommy recalled.

“But that isn’t one of my resolutions anymore,” I teased, before following Mommy into the kitchen.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my story! You’ll have to let me know what you thought.

Anyway, Happy New Year everyone! By my calculations it’s only 3 hours until 2021! However, for everyone outside of my time zone, I guess it’s different…

Regardless, Happy New Year!

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