I usually try not to set up resolutions for the new year because I always fail by March! It’s almost like as long as I don’t make it a resolution, it might happen, but if I resolve to do something, it’s almost a sure bet that it just won’t happen. I try to make goals. Maybe they are the same. In my mind, goals, you keep working at and at the end of the year, as long as there is some improvement, then you did a good job. While resolutions…well, one slip up and it’s a fail. Then again, maybe I just have the wrong mindset.
I still have some resolutions for 2018….or goals.
- Stick to a budget
- Keep a food diary
- Intentionally move at least twice a week
- Read 20 books
- Read the Bible chronologically
- Learn to crochet
- Sew up some of my fabric stash
- Save for a big trip (2018 will be our 30th anniversary and my 50th birthday)
For the past few years, I have opted to have a word of the year to focus on instead of making any resolutions. I usually think of a word that is focused on self-improvement. However, lately I have just been very reflective. I have reached a point in my life (remember, I turn 50 at the end of this year) where I look back at everything and ponder life. I have a good life. Yes, others might have a better life. Or a worse life. But this is MY life. With all of its ups and downs, challenges, victories and craziness. And I have decided that this year, I need to really focus on being thankful. In fact, in my planner, I am going to write down three things each day that I am thankful for that day. (With this frigid weather, last night I wrote “flannel sheets”). Even when things are going wrong, God has a plan and I will trust Him. I can look back now an know that He was in control the entire time. Sometimes I can’t see the big picture because the problem is too close to my face but I want to be able to step back and see it from His perspective and I will know that in the end, it will all be okay.
Do you make resolutions, a word of the year, both, or neither?
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