Affirmation or Flagellation?

Mom just sent this horoscope to me and Dad because our birthdays are coming up:

This is your time of the year leading the Zodiac family. This universal boost gives booster rockets to propel you on and up to your dreams. Stay focused, clarify your goals. Write them down and affirm them out loud each day. This is the formula of champions. You are a champion. Great happiness is on the way.

I haven’t made any New Year’s Resolutions this year. It still hasn’t felt like a new year, really. Yule always feels like a new year, because that’s when the light comes back. Selling my novel felt like a new year, because it lit a fire under my butt and motivated me to do many, many more things (some of which you will experience very soon). My birthday is going to feel like a new year, because by then I’ll have finally had Christmas with my folks, we’ll all have done the BIRTHDAY TIARA EXTRAVAGANZA, and I’ll be well on my way to fame & fortune & the gym (I’m gonna guess probably not in that order…but anything’s possible).

This horoscope is telling me to write down my goals. Okay, so while I haven’t made any resolutions, I do have The Princess’s List of Things to Do (and now I can check off blogging). I’m always adding to that list, marking things off, and rewriting it. (Whenever I come across other lists I’ve made, I go through them and make sure I’ve done everything.) My goal is to work on this list every day. It’s not a New Year’s Resolution…it’s just everything I need to do, formula of champions or not.

But some on…the thought of reading my To-Do List aloud every morning kind of makes me want to throw up a little. I know how much I have to do, and how much work each line on that list entails. I can feel swamped and inadequate very well on my own without any help from you, Mister Horoscope! I am here, I am loved, and I will do great things. That is my affirmation. I’ll be far more productive saying that every morning.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some work to do.

See you soon, Mom! xox