New Year, New Words

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New Year, New Words

By Molly Jo Realy @RealMojo68

I noticed a trend on social media some years ago. Instead of making expect-to-break-them resolutions, people were claiming colors, phrases or related words to define their goals when a new year came around.

I once Dared to be an Awesome Orange. Two years ago, I pared it down even more to choose one word. Boundaries was first. The next year was Better.

Sometimes it takes a while to discover your personal Word of the Year. Sometimes it comes to you as easy as breathing.

Whether you choose one word or three, or go all-out with a list of resolutions, here are some tips to consider:

  • Set a Journey, Not a Goal: Specific goals, while great, aren’t always met in a timely manner, or at all. This can lead to a person feeling like a failure instead of a success. Rather, choose what will help you grow incrementally.
  • Choose to be a Diamond: You are more than a two-dimensional object. Make your mantra reflect all your beautiful facets.
  • Everything Old is New Again: Don’t be intimidated by the “new” in New Year. It’s okay to enhance what you already know.
  • Can You Relate?: Is your theme shareable? Keep yourself accountable by letting your followers in on your journey.
  • Give Yourself Permission: It’s okay to tell yourself, “It’s okay.” It’s okay to dream, set goals, fail, try again, change, move, and be still.
  • Shine Like The Star That You Are: Whatever you choose, don’t bury it in the sand or under your pillow. Reach your world with your bright light.
  • It’s ALL About YOU: Your resolution/word/mantra should encompass the essence of you and what you want to accomplish in the next twelve months. Adding others to the mix can be a great idea, as long as there aren’t too many cooks in your kitchen.

How does any of this apply to social media and writing? The simple answer: It doesn’t. The complex answer: Everything’s writing. Everything’s social. Your theme should amplify your personality, goals, work ethic, belief system . . . Anything and everything you need it to amplify and grow.

Now, choose your word for the New Year, and hit the ground running.

I’m choosing to be Fierce in 2017. What will you be?

With some sweet tea and running shoes,

~Molly Jo

CLICK TO TWEET: Frankly, My Dear: New Year, New Words. Choose yours & hit the ground running!

Sweet Tea and Running Shoes

Sweet Tea and Running Shoes



Recipe: Hobbes’ Mexican Chicken Meatloaf

Let’s talk winter comfort foods and family memories. Remember this little teaser from last month?

My Happy Planner: Recipe Teaser

My Happy Planner: Recipe Teaser

That’s right. I’ve been using My Happy Planner for just over two weeks now. Talk about your sweet sauce! I’m tracking bills and budget, appointments, social media sharings, and the greatest of great, holiday gatherings. Of course, the first and most important reason was the great recipe organizer. How many people does this make happy?

I’m pretty sure Jacqueline will try to steal my chili recipe once we get to Blue Ridge. [Don’t tell her, but I think I’ll sleep with it under my pillow for safe keeping. The planner. Not the chili.]

But enough about that. Today, we’re talking winter comfort food. Today, we’re talking easy. Today, we’re talking meatloaf.

I mean, doesn’t the word itself conjure up happy memories of family mealtimes, maybe a potluck or party? Meatloaf is my happy place. I can make it nine ways to Sunday, and then some. And to prove that statement, I intend to give you a dozen meatloaf recipes in 2017. Yup, that’s right. I’m gonna haul my cart over to Winco, grab some grub gear, and make y’all some of the best meatloafs you’ve had in years. One each month. How do you like them apples? Eww. No. I’m not putting apples in the meatloaf. It’s a phrase, people. Just a phrase. Although . . .No. No apples in the meatloaf. Moving on.

Today’s recipe was inspired by my Magic friend, Hobbes. No, he’s not magical. Well, he is kinda special. He’s one of my gaming buddies. You know. Magic: The Gathering. [Yes. I know. I’m a nerd. We’ll discuss that some other time.]

Hobbes' Mexican Chicken Meatloaf

Hobbes’ Mexican Chicken Meatloaf

Hobbes is kinda talented when it comes to building good gaming decks, and since I needed a deck I could assault Aaron with, let’s say I made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. He’d organize my cards and I’d let him live feed him properly. Being the overly perfectionist attentive host that I am, I made sure to ask if he had any allergies, and what his fave foods are. He came back with a combination of chicken recipes and Mexican flavors, and also mentioned meatloaf and potatoes. So, voila! [Side note: When I was a kid, I always thought that was viola, as in, a mini violin. Maybe it made a high-pitched screech that got everyone’s attention, and that’s how the word came about? Apparently not. But now you know I wasn’t always the wordsmith I pretend to be present myself as am.]

So. Uhm. Yes. Voila! Say hello to Hobbes’ Mexican Chicken Meatloaf.

Recipe: Hobbes' Mexican Chicken Meatloaf

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Serving Size: 1-2 slices


  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup (apprx) Fritos chili-cheese chips
  • 1 can (4 oz.) diced green chilis, drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced seasoned tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 packet taco seasonings
  • 2 eggs
  • milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Crush Fritos chips in small bowl. Add just enough milk to cover. Set aside.
  3. In large mixing bowl, add ground chicken, green chilis, tomatoes, eggs, and 1/4 packet taco seasonings. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Add Fritos. Mix.
  5. Shape into loaf pan.
  6. Top with remaining taco seasonings.
  7. Bake 50-60 minutes.


Using chicken instead of ground beef makes this a healthier alternative to some other meatloaf recipes. Two eggs will help bind the loaf together for presentation, but doesn't affect the taste. Use just enough milk to soften the corn chips.

Did you ever think of using ground chicken instead of beef in your meatloaf? Well, now you have. You’re welcome.

Recipe: Mexican Chicken Meatloaf

Recipe: Mexican Chicken Meatloaf

Dice up a few potatoes, spritz with olive oil and season with dill or kosher salt, and you have a perfect side dish.

And here’s your bonus holiday food hack: Drop a half-cup of chocolate chips or chopped nuts (or both!) into your banana bread batter for a delightful dessert.

Now it’s your turn: What are some of your favorite meatloaf dishes?

And Frankly, My Dear . . . That’s all she wrote!