#committed Beyond Expectations!

2019 is already shaping up to be an excellent year! While I am not big on resolutions, I love the idea of starting fresh and new with the opportunity to set new goals. I have decided my theme for 2019 is #committed. I am committed to improving my life in the areas of work, writing, and relationships. Trying new things and putting myself out there into, what can be, scary spaces. Taking risks and asking for what I want. Ensuring that relationships thrive.

I started a #committed series of micro blogs on my Facebook page – Melanie Forstall – Stories of Life, Love, and Mothering that focus on ways I am committing to change this year. One example is that I am #committed to putting in the hard work to secure literary  representation. I have two books – one dramatic novel and one romantic comedy – and a children’s book all waiting to be published! Finding representation will not happen unless I go out and there look for it. I am #committed to sending 119 query letters in 2019 with the hopes that the odds of luck will be in my favor and out of many, many rejections there will be a YES!

The true standout of my #committed series has to be the one I wrote about being committed to making my relationships thrive. My best friend of over 40 years and I committed over a pinky promise! You can imagine how surprised I was when I received text messages, Facebook messages, and posts that my work had been shared by https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fklgandhoda%2Fposts%2F10156675365648382&width=500“>Kathie Lee and Hoda , https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Ftoday%2Fposts%2F10156972671816350&width=500“>The Today Show, and it’s trending on the Today Show Website!

The micro has been shared over 5,000 times and counting! The comments and interaction with this post is overwhelming. Women all over are sharing pictures of their #pinkypromise AND MY HEART CANNOT HANDLE IT.

You can find the original micro on my https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fentermothering%2Fposts%2F2418558191548918&width=500“>Facebook page and I’ve included it here for you!

xoxo

#committed

This year I am committed to keeping important relationships not just alive, but thriving.

It’s so easy to let friendships slip. It’s so easy to cancel a lunch date. It’s so easy to go days or weeks without checking in.

Our lives are busy and full and sometimes complicated but I stand firm in my resolve that no matter how busy I am, there is time for what matters.

This is a picture of me and my lifelong friend. We’ve known each other for 40 years and fate recently brought us together in the same city. We are both married, raising children, praying, and engaged in our lives.

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Now, we are also committed to meeting up for lunch or coffee every month. The only valid excuse for backing out of these meetings will be death, or near-death illness. Otherwise, we show up.

We are 44 years old committing over a pinky promise. I’d say that’s pretty serious.

It’s 2019 and I am #committed.

#pinkypromise