Goals vs. Resolutions



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Let’s face it, this is about the time that most of us have already fallen off the ‘resolution waggon’.

If you are indeed part of this group of balance challenged people,rasied-handthen maybe you didn’t put enough effort into planning your resolutions. This one action, planning, is the difference between a resolution and a goal.

According to Webster, a goal is a place at which a race or trip ends and a resolution is a fixed intention.

A goal has to have a  strategy to get you from one point to the next. It is a journey. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, there are specific changes you must incorporate in your life if you want to see the numbers on the scale go down. You have to change your diet or/and you have to start a regular exercise routine. If you do not make these changes, you are setting yourself up for failure. Doing the same things  can only give you the same results.

Don’t get me wrong; I am not against resolutions of any kind. This post sings to my personal choir. More than anything, I am encouraging myself.  2017 has to be the year that I conqueror procrastination. I  work best when I am in shape, so I have no choice but to pull my elliptical out of retirement. I have to exercise in the morning because if I give myself the entire day to think about it, believe me, I’d only be giving myself more time to make up excuses. Other than procrastination, taking on too many projects, at the same time, is my second most crippling problem. I am a very goal oriented person, but  I have to learn that two finished projects are better the five incomplete ones.

The good news is that 2017 has just begun, you have time. The bad news is that if you are going to start tomorrow remember that tomorrow is not a day of the week. Be specific.

‘I will read every afternoon from 6 pm7 pm‘.

‘I will take the stairs instead of the elevator at work’. 

‘I will exercise, every morning from 4:30 am to 5 am. 

Good luck to all my readers. Set your goals and work at them relentlessly until they become second nature.


Winners: Trini Kids Can Write Short Story Contest (Photos)

On behalf of Poui Publishing and Productions and Mario’s Pizzeria, I will like to thank and congratulate all the participants of the Trini Kids Can Write Short Story Contest.

You are all invited to continue following http://www.pouipublishingandproductions.com. There will be more contests and writing opportunities to keep encouraging you to write. Also, feel free to email me your thoughts and suggestions and I will do my best to facilitate them.


1st. – A laptop 

2nd. – A kindle

3rd. – $500 in Mario’s products. 


1st. Place – Nathan Pierre – The Great Find


2nd. Place - Hosanna Perreira - The New World

2nd. Place – Hosanna Perreira – The New World


3rd. Place - Ariel De Gannes The Girl and Her Shadow

3rd. Place – Ariel De Gannes – The Girl and Her Shadow



Winners: Trini Kids Can Write Short Story Contest

Congratulations! Nathan Pierre, Hosanna Perreira and Ariel De Gannes.

Please visit my site tomorrow for photos of the winners and much more.


1st. Place – Nathan Pierre

The Great Find

2nd. Place – Hosanna Perreira

The New World

3rd. Place – Ariel De Gannes

The Girl and Her Shadow

Shortlist: Trini Kids Can Write Short Story Contest

img_0577Hello my young writers and anxious parents:

The following is the shortlist for the Trini Kids Can Write Short Story Contest. Participants names are listed in alphabetical order.

Winners will receive their prizes on Tuesday 29th November 2016 as schools will be closed for local government elections on Monday 28th November 2016.

1 Ariel De Gannes, 10                                     
  The Girl and Her Shadow
  Holy Rosary Preparatory 
2 Daniel Madoo, 12
  Frankie the Goat 
  Holy Family Preparatory 
3 Hosanna Perreira, 11
  The New World 
  ROSEC Private School 
4 Huzayfah Hosein, 11        
  The Time My Life Changed Forever
  Home Schooled 
5 Jeremiah Forgenie Reyes, 9
  Dunross Preparatory School 
6 Ka Hei Pun, 10
  Storm at Sea
  The University School
7 Khaliah Allan, 11
  Surprise Discovery
  Edinburgh Government Primary School 
8 Nathan Pierre, 12
  The Great Find
  Queens Royal College
9 Nika Tillock, 10   
  The Best Day Ever
  Edinburgh Government Primary School 
10 Tsahal Koo  
  Night of the Soucouyant
  Atwell’s Educational Institute


Ten More Days To Enter The Trini Kids Can Write Short Story Contest

Children between the ages of 9-12 are invited to submit their short stories to any Mario’s Pizzeria or email them to http://www.pouipublishingandproductions.com.

good-luckSubmission Deadline: Friday 11th November 2016

Please visit the CONTEST PAGE for further details.










Short Story Contest Launch at Mario’s Pizzeria

These are some of the photos from the second installment of the Trini Kids Can Write, Short Story Writing Contest. The contest was launched on Thursday 6th October 2016 at the Montrose branch of Mario’s Pizzeria. Children from Holy Family Preparatory and Edinburgh Government Primary School were selected to attend the launch and partake in a mini contest.

Similar to the first contest launch, the children, teachers, Mario’s staff and myself had an excellent time. The creativity of this group of children was very apparent from the first activity, ‘Finish The Story.’ I was impressed at how effortlessly the children were able to develop a complete story, not only spontaneously but with children they had never met. All the activities that followed proved to be just as entertaining and practically all everyone participated.

We closed with the mini contest that was only for the thirty-two children who were in attendance. Two winners will be surprised by Mr. Mario’s, at their school next week.

Please check the CONTEST page for submission details or contact me at pouipublishingandproductions@gmail.com for further details.

Trini Kids Can Write, Short Story Contest Begins Again

trini-kids-can-write-2-art-work-screen-landscapeOn Thursday 6th October 2016 Poui Publishing and Productions and Mario’s Pizzeria will launch the second instalment of their Trini Kids Can Write, Short Story Contest. Building on a very successful debut, Mario’s and Poui will once again present an opportunity for children ages 9-12 to win attractive prizes for their short stories.

This is an open contest, which means let your imagination run away with you. Everything will be accepted: Fables, folklore, science fiction, comedy, BE CREATIVE.

Good luck! There is no harm in trying. The contest is FREE and participants can submit their entries to any of Mario’s 20 locations nationwide or email them to pouipublishingandproductions@gmail.com.

Be sure to visit the CONTEST page for the rules and an entry form which MUST be fastened to your entries.


This contest is approved by the Ministry of Education.


Winners!!!!!! – Trini Kids Can Write Short Story Contest

IMG_7345On behalf of Poui Publishing and Productions, Mario’s Pizzeria and Paradise Pulse I would like to congratulate all the children who enter our contest.

I know all too well how unnerving it is to have someone read your work. Do not feel discouraged if you did not place, there were a lot of great entries. Your efforts were appreciated and there are more contests to come.

The Winners Are:

1st. Place – Huzayfah Hosein (Home Schooled)

1st. Place – Emily-Jayn Knox (Holy Faith Preparatory – St. Monica’s)

2nd. Place – Abigail Pierre (The University School)

3rd. Place – Ivanna Khan (Holy Faith Preparatory – St. Monica’s)

Special congratulations to Huzayfah, Emily-Jayn, Abigail and Ivanna. You should be very proud of yourselves. Great job!