If I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times....I LOVE the clean slate feeling of starting anew. And there is no better time do that then the new year. Every year I make a ton of resolutions. Some I keep, others I don't even start. Ha.
I've been thinking a lot about that the last couple of weeks, and I think I have figured out why I fail so easily: expectations. I don't set crazy goals. I basically just make a list of things of changes or accomplishments that will give me a better life. I don't aspire to learn spanish in the next six months, but I do aspire to work hard at school (or work or whatever). However...the goals I set every year with my finances, faith, and health are the ones that constantly seem to burn out before the first week of the year is complete...and I think it is because I expect myself to change completely on January 1st. It's just not realistic!!
So, this year, I am all about taking each minute as it's own. One foot in front of the other. One decision after another. Hopefully, this will lead to a different outcome (a better one!) than years past.
I wont bore you with the complete list, but I thought I would share a few of them :) (I do have them all written down for my sake...and I assure you, you will hear if I have success in any of these along the year! haha).
Every year Ali embraces a word for the year (one little word) and every year I try to pick a word...but have a hard time....I guess I always wanted to make my word "special", instead of letting the word pick me. If that makes sense. Anyway...this year...the word came easy... HAPPY. 2010 and 2011 were years where it felt like happiness eluded me. I decided a few weeks ago that enough was enough...and that really, to be happy...I must do just that. BE HAPPY.
Ha. And that is another one of my resolutions for this year (and for always)...feel better about myself. Accept who I am... fearfully and wonderfully made...and love myself for that. And, if there are bits of me I don't like...change them for crying out loud!
Some other things on the list (some silly, some serious):
grow out hair
be more diligent about getting healthy!!!
get involved at church
read more (52 book goal)
write more (blogs, letters, journaling, that book I've always wanted to write)
finish master's degree
send cards monthly
visit grandparents more
get pregnant (THIS IS THE YEAR!!! I'M DECLARING IT BY FAITH!)
run a 5k
go dancing more
take more pictures
pray instead of worry
make more friends (and reconnect with old friends)
travel to a new state
have more fun!
pay off credit cards (those yucky things have been with me too too long)
buy a house
So there ya have it...a lot of changes..good ones...and I'm excited for what the year will bring and I pray that it will be the best ever!!
What are your resolutions?