How about those New Year Resolutions? I’ll confess I’ve never been one to give them much thought. In fact, I have always loved the Calvin and Hobbs comic that says, “Resolutions? Me? Just what are you implying? That I NEED to change?” Ha ha. The thing is that I’ve always been very goal oriented and never really needed the push of the New Year to set them…until now.
As I told you in my Why Am I Depressed post, I had been drowning in the everyday tasks of cooking, cleaning, and homeschooling and just getting through each day, that I wasn’t rising to…greatness in my daily life, but living in defeat.
I very much appreciated all of the comments and suggestions that came across my social media channels. I thought about each suggestion and evaluated and prayed about the changes that needed to be made in my life. So thank you so much for each that contributed.
I actually didn’t wait till the first day of January to begin. I’ve been making changes since I realized I need to, but I do have a few goals that I have made for the New Year. I don’t promise to fulfill these legalistically, but I know that when reaching for something one will always go farther than if they were reaching for nothing. Are ya with me? So here are three things (among others) that I will be working toward.
1. Read through the Bible in a year. This is something I’ve done many times, but not in a few years. I always gain so much from the consistent plan, and even years when I didn’t get all the way through, I know I read more than if I hadn’t tried.
2. Read 6 books that will encourage/exhort/teach me to be the woman, wife, and mother God calls me to be. At first I planned to read a book a month, but everyone I told this plan too seemed to think that was way too much, so I changed it to a book every two months. I’m excited to see how I will grow!
3. Walk/jog 365 miles in 2015. That is of course one mile for every day of the year. I’m going for consistency here. With exercise I seem to go all out for a while, and then when I’m interrupted by sickness or other things, I quit for months at a time. I’m not going on any weight loss plan, but do want to keep exercising for my physical and mental health.
This is not all I’m doing, but these are my three long term goals for this year. Since that day I’ve had good days and bad days, but I have definitely seen progress, and as always I try to remember to laugh–even in the down times.
What about you? Are you making New Year’s Resolutions?
Amber Fluhr says
Physical exercise helps me control my anxiety. I literally feel the difference if I miss 2/3 days and of cosurse reading is good for you too! Best of luck!
I am CONSTANTLY making weight-loss goals and NEVER reaching them. My husband doesn’t even pay attention to me anymore when I tell him what my goals are (however, he still encourages me). I’ve defended myself saying that if you don’t have goals, you have nothing.
My new mantra: When reaching for something one will always go farther than if they were reaching for nothing.
Happy New Year, Esther!
Praying that your 2015 overflows with the blessings of God’s peace, joy, love, grace, and good health!!
Sounds like 3 great goals that you can achieve. Good luck to you!
Amber, Thanks so much! Happy New Year to you!
Mari, Hi! Great to hear from you. I miss our regular chats! I love that Dave still encourages you–that’s great. Encouragement, I think, helps us all keep moving forward even when we don’t meet the goals we’ve set.
Deb, Thanks so much and Happy New Year to you too! 🙂
Brenda, Thank You! A name like “Irish” should be lucky right? lol