That is so wrong!! Everyone knows all new things start on Mondays. Yet, we bring in 2013 on a Tuesday this year thus causing a conundrum of when to begin new habits, etc, etc, etc….Tuesday or the following Monday? In all reality, it doesn’t really matter, does it? Today is January 1, 2013, like it or not and the day will come and go whether we have “New Year’s Resolutions” or not; so….no time like the present, eh?
Last year, my plan for 2012 was:
- Eat healthier/exercise more….pretty much #1 on the list EVERY year and one year I will actually succeed. “You never fail until you stop trying” Albert Einstein And try, try again I will. In reality, I did succeed at this, I’ve made MUCH healthier choices in my diet and have tried many new exercises, just haven’t succeeded in actually losing weight–however, I never said losing weight was my goal. I shall mark this up to a success.
- Have more Quiet time. My quiet time has evolved. Hubby and I have been reading the Catechism with Flock Note and discussing it every few weeks. I’ve been to Adoration more frequently and my spiritual reading has picked up with Choosing Joy by Dan Lord and Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. Both books are great for one chapter at a time to mull over and ponder. I shall mark this up in the success column as well.
- Finances. Clueing in Hubby and getting on the same page. Done. While we haven’t climbed completely out of the hole yet, we’ve stopped (so far…) the continued addition to debt and have begun backing up the train with a good plan to head into 2013. Aaaaaand a 3rd success. Of course, we will continue this journey together and I’m sure Dave Ramsey will be involved at some point (I hear what he’s saying but I just don’t know if I’m ready to jump in just yet), or not, Hubby’s pretty good at $stuff, either way…2012 was a good start, 2013 will be solid…I feel it.
Mentally, I really thought 2012 was a big fat FAIL on the resolutions, however, looking back I see that I actually succeeded in what I set out to do. Sweet.
Heading into 2013 I’ve been mulling over my Goals/Resolutions/Plan for a couple of days and have also come across a few great ideas I may incorporate into reaching my own success in 2013.
Jennifer Fulwiler gives an analytical view of reviewing one’s “areas for improvement” and how to problem solve those areas. I honestly never gave it a thought as to WHY I might not be succeeding in certain areas. Seems so logical, I’m a little embarrassed. Only a little though.
Jon Acuff gives a man’s view (but truly EVERYone can use this method) of breaking the year into smaller bites and attacking each goal one at a time within those small bites. Brilliant and so realistic…I CAN do anything for 52 days.
Ann Voskamp challenges us to look for the Joy in everything and TO WRITE. IT. DOWN. Finding 1000 Joys in 2013. Even a chance to win a camera at the end of the year. More importantly, Ann tells us that in focusing our eyes and heart on Joy we are certain to reap the rewards of:
1. a relative absence of stress and depression. (Woods et al., 2008)
2. progress towards important personal goals (Emmons and McCullough, 2003)
3. higher levels of determination and energy (Emmons and McCullough, 2003)
4. closer relationships and desire to build stronger relationships (Algoe and Haidt, 2009)
5. Increased happiness…. by 25% — (Who wouldn’t want 25% more happiness!) (McCullough et al., 2002)
After all that…what are YOUR resolutions? Or do you just opt out and chalk it up to another day on the calendar?
As for me, my focuses for this year are:
- Losing weight. Hubby has agreed to help me and so with his help, our P90X library and various other weights and miscellanea I’m ready. I mean, sheesh, the baby will be 10 this year for crying out loud!!
- Spiritually to be more Joy-focused and applying it to how I live my life, my marriage, my parenting and so on.
- Learn to use my REAL camera more efficiently and Photoshop Elements…which has been on my computer for 2 years and I still don’t have a CLUE what to do with it. It’s time. I love my iPhone but my real camera rocks.
Blessings and a Happy New Year to you and yours!