As we wind down Christmas and our tree accelerates the dropping of the needles daily as ornaments desperately cling to crunchy branches, my mind turns to the coming of the new year. While I’m not big on making/keeping “Resolutions”, I DO always seem to become reflective on things I’d like to improve upon in the coming year. The New Year is always full of promise and hope, like new school supplies….unsharpened pencils, reams of paper, crisp folders; ready, willing and able to be molded to our choices.
Even though I am quick to claim I don’t make “Resolutions”, the truth is, of COURSE I do. I just realize that I am only good at keeping them for a couple of weeks. Since the gym is generally crowed until about February, I also know I have a lot of company in short-lived resolutions. However, in the blissful, wide-eyed moments of promise and hope to come in the New Year, I feel propelled and motivated, especially after reading “5 Keys to Making and Keeping Your New Year Resolutions” @ The Hill House.
My course of action for 2012 includes a few things:
- Eating more healthy and exercising. Quite the popular one. Of course I’d like to lose weight, but the reality is that I’m not getting any younger and as my patients tell me daily, “It’s a B**** getting old!” I want to be in a good place to face those physical challenges getting older brings. I want to run and bike and play with my kids and BEAT THEM in their games–yes, sometimes I AM competitive! Therefore, in keeping with “defining the win”, my workouts will primarily occur at lunchtime, 3X a week and my eating will consist primarily of clean-er eating and learning how to ditch the processed stuff AND incorporate that into my family’s diet as well. A HUGE task for sure, but some truly astounding payoffs as well.
- More focused “Quiet time” in prayer and seeking time with Christ. While my morning routine begins with The Daily Readings, it often ends there as well. Since I am trying to cram EVERYTHING into my mornings (Quiet time, Exercise, Writing….) there is no singular focus on any one of them. My quiet time has long sustained me, given me strength, peace, clarity and guidance; it’s time to return, focused and un-hurried to that precious time. When I begin my day in prayer and focused on His will for me, everything else seems to fall in place.
- Reintroducing hubby to the finance side of the family and tightening up. As we can finally begin to dig out of debt with his job adding to the household income, his TypeA personality will be crucial to my tendency to slide…..it’s a team effort for certain and certain to experience growing pains, but we will be able to balance each other as well as the budget along with becoming better stewards of all that God sees fit to bless us with, and bless us He has. Abundantly.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
In reaching for my main goals this coming year, my writing may or may not blossom. Time will tell. However, as this has always been more about keeping in touch and therapy for my heart, I’m sure I can always find time to bang out a post now and then; it’s just not a huge priority. Yet.