Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | Jan 08, 2014

Another year has come and gone with last year's resolutions forgotten for most of us. But no matter how quickly I abandoned my resolutions from last year, I continue to make them year after year. Usually I vow to work out and eat better, which I can keep up for a month before slowly falling off the proverbial wagon.

But I figure this year I will go big or go home! My New Year's resolution is NO MORE EXCUSES. This will be the most difficult resolution I've ever taken on because I'm really good at coming up with a good excuse for anything and everything. I know I'm getting too old to make excuses for not living my most productive life — it's just plain laziness.

There's no reason why I can't get up 30 minutes earlier in the morning to work out — I'm usually awake anyway refusing to get out of bed. There's no reason I can't eat healthier throughout the day.

Procrastination is my worst downfall. I wait until the last minute to take care of things in my life because they might be difficult or because I'm scared of the outcome.

I don't want to get insurance because it's complicated and expensive, I don't want to go to the dentist because the hygienist might make me feel bad about not flossing or visiting more often and who wants to deal with those pesky student loans anyway?

While all of those things are important to tackle head on, it's one of my most enjoyable priorities that I feel I've placed on the back burner in 2013. I love writing in many capacities whether it's writing breaking news stories, features for the Guide, blogging or reading others' writings. But when you write all day professionally, sometimes it's hard to come home and find inspiration to write for yourself.

Again, I have no excuse. Writing is my life, it's my therapy and I need to do more of it. I have stories in my head that need to make it to paper. Writing is what makes us better writers so that is what I’m going to do.

If I can do all these things I will be a happier, more fulfilled person in the years to come and that is why we keep making resolutions year after year. So I wish everyone luck in sticking with their resolutions however trying they may be.

Interviewing author, journalist, photographer and filmmaker Nadia Dean for this week’s Guide gave me some inspiration to take on more this year. She had a story she knew she had to tell and that’s exactly what she’s done. Her historical narrative on the Cherokee War of 1776, “A Demand of Blood,” shines a light on an untold part of our history and the people who shaped our country. And it took her eight years to complete because of all the research she had to conduct first.

The story also inspired her to write music again. She composed an entire soundtrack of music to go with the story and received grants to adapt the story into a 53-minute film as well as a stage adaption centered around one of her main characters in the book.

I have no doubt Dean’s book would make an incredible movie in the future so be sure to read the book first! It just goes to show that you just never know where a good story will take you. If you have a great story, write it. If you aren’t a writer, find someone to write it for you. I’m always looking for great stories for The Mountaineer and The Guide so call and tell me your story. I’d love to hear it.

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