Like a lot of people, I’ve never really considered myself a new years resolution kind of person. Yeah, as a year comes to a close I think of things that I’d maybe like a fresh start on, or things I would like to change or work on, but no specific resolutions have ever come into existence from those thoughts.
Last year, though, I mixed it up a bit.
Shortly after the new year had already begun, I started coming up with some ideas of things I’d like to work on in 2014, and for once I actually wrote them down. Here’s what I came up with:
- Peaks, Pits, Praises & Prayers at least weekly (I saw this when I first got a Pinterest and love the idea of tracking what God is doing in our lives. I wanted to start making a habit of it).
- Take steps towards getting fit & being healthy.
- Less imagining, more doing (& stop making excuses).
- Read more.
All but the first were very general and simple, without much structure – exactly how a goal you want to achieve shouldn’t be. But for me, it kind of worked. Keeping it general and simple allowed me to not feel like a failure if I didn’t achieve each one to a T. I’ll be honest it does sound like it was kind of a cop out, but at the same time, it was the perfect kind of balance for me and my constant battle to push aside my perfectionist tendencies. In fact, the only goal I made that was actually specific (Peaks, Pits, Praises & Prayers) was the one that I didn’t accomplish in any way, shape or form. The rest of them I was able to make strides in throughout the year, and I feel like I made them habits rather than boxes to check.
Keeping general resolutions allowed them to become more inspirations or themes for my year. It worked for me. By not having a specific measure I didn’t feel like if I fell behind on a goal that all was lost. If I took a couple steps back, I just got back up and started at it again. I looked up what the word “resolution” actually means. Turns out there are a lot of ways to define it, but the one that I liked was “a decision or determination.” That is exactly how I want to view my new year resolutions. Less pressure, but still inspiring – at least for me.
So with all of that said, here are my 2015 decisions/determinations:
1. Reach my goal weight
The past two years have been a period of some weight gain for me, & I’ve learned that regardless of how often, or how little, you’ve struggled with unwanted weight gain in your life, it’s never an easy thing to deal with. That’s one of the reasons I decided on the goal last year to get healthier. This year, I’m just rewording it and making it a little more measurable.
2. Pare down my wardrobe (even more)
2014 was the year that opened my eyes to the world of minimalism and how it can be applied to my daily life. While in California I did a total wardrobe overhaul and removed a lot of pieces from it in order to start living with less. Since moving to Minot I’ve slowly been taking out even more. I still feel like I have far more clothes than I need, so this next year I’d like to keep parting ways with the clothes (& other household goods) that are only taking up space in my closet and drawers, and finding more ways to implement minimalism into my life to make more room for the things in life that matter.
3. Drink more water
Everyone knows that water is good for you, but when I read this article I was all the more inspired to drink the suggested daily intake of 2-3 liters. Granted following through with this decision makes me have to use the bathroom at least 30 times a day (that might be an understatement), but if it means I’m staying hydrated and healthy then so be it!
4. Read through Systematic Theology
Last year I joined a group of women in our church to read through Systematic Theology, by Wayne Grudem, in an attempt to become more familiar with the basis for a lot of what we believe. Unfortunately for me, I had to leave this group of women when we left Carbondale, and then I lost the momentum to continue on my own. However, with the new year I would really like to get plugged back into the pages and start over in order to understand more, and also be able to explain better what it is that the Bible says. I would love to be able to finish this book within this year, but I’ll just be realistic about the 1167 Pages and hope for the best.
So overall, these are a bit more specific than last year, but I think I’ve still allowed myself some wiggle room. & more than anything, I just want to keep learning to show myself grace if (& when) I’m not kicking every one of these goals butts. I’m usually a shorter term to-do list kind of person when it comes to actually getting things done, so there are still plenty of things I desire to accomplish with my time, but these are the bigger picture ideas. Plus, I’d still like to maintain the habits and values I incorporated into my life last year too.
So bring it on 2015! I’m ready to take you on a little more motivated, and a little more focused than the year before.
How do you do New Year resolutions?