I always make resolutions that are typically abandoned before Valentine's Day. Mine usually revolve around weight (loss) or exercise. I have an unused treadmill and a half eaten bag of chips to demonstrate my success on these goals.
In 2015 I made one resolution only and I kept it!. The difference was I chose something I really wanted to do – see my sister and her kids more. Guess what? I kept that resolution. She helped me. We visited six times and vacationed together. It was amazing and it brought me, my sister and our children so much joy.
Maybe that’s the secret? Choose something that brings you joy. Cutting out sugar entirely and running 3 miles a day are things I need to do, but they don’t bring me joy. Health, yes. Joy, no.
I like setting a goal. I want to have faith in positive change for myself – and the world. Last year’s resolution was something that would bring me undeniable happiness and unforgettable moments.
For 2016. I chose a few resolutions that should bring me joy and fit into my daily life.
Call my relatives more often and challenge them to call me more too. Since Bella died, I have been in my protective cocoon. I need to emerge. Family is important to me and I want them to know that.
Connect with a friend (one I don’t see every day) at least once a week. I get caught up in the daily grind and I don't plan outings in advance. I miss them. Since we are all busy, the goal is to connect via any form: a meaningful email, a call, maybe a visit if I’m really on my game. I should be able to achieve this one.
Read the Bible and discuss it with some female friends. Since Bella died, my faith has brought great comfort to my soul. Yet, I am not educated in my faith. I am hoping that reading the Bible brings me joy, knowledge and a way to teach my child about our faith with more confidence than I currently have. I want to know more. I want to be closer to God. I downloaded an app to guide me and found a few people to join me.
Are New Year’s Resolutions important to you? Why? If you set resolutions this year, what were they? How do you plan to weave them into your life all year?