I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this, but I am very indecisive. If I am given too many choices, I will agonize over my options for twice as long as everyone else. I hate restaurants that have too many menu items, because I will be a wreck trying to decide between the fish and a cheeseburger. I tend to leave projects undone in the face of too many paint options. I am hesitant and can lack commitment, and I feel similarly about New Year’s resolutions. I have a love/hate relationship with resolutions. I used to faithfully make a few, listing them out in one of my many Moleskine notebooks, hoping I would accomplish them quickly in the new year. I have also had years where I resolved to not make any resolutions, simply allowing myself to live and try to do so the best that I could. Then there were the years where it was frowned upon to make resolutions, since you were just setting yourself up for failure, so we set goals or wrote out our hopes instead.
No matter what you call it, many of us are starting a new year with new resolutions for 2013. There is just something refreshing about the start of a new year. The holidays are behind us, with their busyness, lists, parties, and stress. Thankfully their over-indulgent food has disappeared right along with them. And when it comes down to it, I think there is just something motivating about setting a few resolutions. I like to have goals, and I think it’s important to reevaluate them occasionally.
I thought I’d share a few of my resolutions with you, and maybe you can relate to a few!
1.) Be Present. I am far too distracted by my to-do lists, my phone, and my messy house. I want to learn to be present and focus on one thing at a time, especially my husband and the kids.
2.) Set an Alarm. I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I usually wake up when my kids wake me up. Granted, they wake early, but still. I want to start setting my alarm and waking up before the kids, so that I can have a little kid-free quiet time to read my Bible rather than trying to read while I drink my coffee and little people use me for a jungle gym.
3.) Continue to Simplify. We have been on the road to simplicity for about 5 years now, and I always start my year hoping I make further process in this journey as the year progresses.
4.) Make Exercise a Priority. Whatever my method of being fit, I would like to be more consistent in my exercise frequency this year. I feel ready for more, and I need to follow through!
5.) Pay off our two remaining debts. We have two remaining bills that we are working to pay off and this year should be the year that it happens. I can’t wait!
6.) Drink More Water. I’m so inconsistent with this, so although it is kind of silly, I need to work on my hydration!
7.) Be Gentle and Treat Others With Love. I want to stop thinking negative thoughts and letting them control my attitude. I want to have gentle speech, especially with my children. And most of all, I want to learnt to love those around me.
Do you set New Year’s Resolutions? If so, what are they for 2013?