I have created a few New Year's Resolutions...not too many, because I tend to break them before the end of January.

By Trish Morgan

For the News Tribune

I have created a few New Year's Resolutions...not too many, because I tend to break them before the end of January.
But, maybe just five. I think that could be manageable for me.
My resolutions are in no particular order, as each one is as important as the other.
Here is my list - my short list:
The Christmas Jar tradition is based on the 2005 New York Times bestselling novel by Jason Wright.
A Christmas Jar is a pickle jar, peanut butter jar, Mason jar or anything else you have to collect spare change each day.
All coins are dedicated to the jar all year long, and during the week before Christmas you carefully select someone to give it to anonymously.
Was a neighbor laid off Is a coworker struggling with health problems? Has a friend lost a loved one?
Simply put your jar on their porch, in their car, on their desk — wherever — and you could change their life … for good!
$50, $100, even $200, you’ll be surprised how much change you can generate and how much you can impact someone’s life.
I have already started my first jar.
2. LEARN YOUR LESSONS WELL. Learn that failure does not mean falling and never getting up. Failure does not define us - stand up...move on. In 2017, my life was full of writing this column column writing for Allegany magazine, working on my book, performing on stage, studying my lines and going to rehearsals, volunteering at Embassy Theatre and Cumberland Theatre, heading up some community fundraisers and events...whew. It's been a whirlwind, and very fulfilling...but when a person is THAT busy, there is a price to pay.
3. BREATHE. RELAX. LOVE. - never miss an opportunity to tell someone you love them. Be special. Be thoughtful. Be generous. And be anonymous with your kindness, when possible. Makes the heart sing!!
4. ENJOY SIMPLICITY WITH YOUR FAVORITE PEOPLE. Take time to spread out a blanket in the middle of nowhere, count the stars, take along some music by Chicago and Adele...learn to savor that perfect sip of coffee as much as you love to smell its dark roasted aroma...go to every single fireworks display (oh, how I love fireworks!). Take your breakfast to the beach before sunrise, and capture the moment when the sun makes its appearance on the horizon. Camping and trout fishing...and early morning breakfast outdoors over the campfire. Long drives on country back roads, with a stop along the way to pick wild flowers and a few pebbles as treasures for the grandchildren. You can bet my 2018 will include more of life's simple pleasures.
5. HOME COOKIN'...yes, more of that. I have been collecting cookbooks for many years, and it's time for homemade soup, stews, crockpot specialties...and delectable desserts! My own recipes, and those from Ree Drummond, Paula Deen, and chefs who specialize in comfort foods, barbeque, Southern cooking and Cajun seafood and steaks. Follow me on Facebook - photos, recipes, and some hand-delivered samples from time to time!
5. SURPRISES! Take time to reach out, even if you might rather stay in bed under the covers with a good book or the remote. Make time for simple "Just Because" gestures. Kindness goes a long way. This is one of my favorite things to do, and I just have to do more of this. "Just Because"... my personal campaign for 2018.
2018. I will. These five should do just fine.
Happy New Year to each and every one.