I tend to either half heartedly make resolutions most years or not bother at all. Even if I do make them, I rarely keep them. This year is different! This year I know I have God's support and that with God all things are possible. I am a tiny bit obsessed with lists so my resolutions are quite in depth but I feel like this is the best way for me. I feel energised, positive and like these things really are possible.
My resolutions fall under some broad headings. These are:
It sure looks like a lot of big issues there! To make it less scary each heading has a breakdown. If I achieve half of them I will be thrilled, if I achieve all of them - wow! What a blessing that would be!
The breakdowns ......
1 - God.
I am going to read my Bible a lot more and I would like a set time to do this to ensure that I achieve a minimum time per week reading God's word. I would like to find a good plan to follow as at the moment I just read random bits! I want what I am reading to sink in properly too so that I really absorb it. I think the best way to do this is by doing little studies - kind of like book reports - so I can check that I am understanding what I am reading and perhaps to make me think more deeply about the messages. I also have a couple of inspiring books that I want to read through the year to boost me up and to help me on this wonderful journey. I want to pray more and to really develop my relationship with God and to make it stronger and to really appreciate how wonderful and generous God is.
2 - Health.
I really don't appreciate my health or my body enough especially considering what a gift being well and able is. I intend to get fit and healthy in 2011! I aim to develop good habits to carry through into the rest of my life. Also I will focus on eating nutritious food, drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep and getting out into the fresh air. This is something I will have to review often to motivate myself and to check my progress.
3 - Money.
This year I will have a proper budget (and stick to it!) as I want to stop emotional spending. The kind when I feel a bit stressed and down and, rather than facing my feelings, I buy something to cheer myself up. Not a long term solution! I will learn the difference between needs and wants. My big aim is not to bury my feelings and to face them and deal with them.
4 - Appearance.
I want to make more effort with my appearance and I want to look more feminine. I have already started wearing skirts a lot more often and I want to carry this forward into 2011 and to build upon this. I don't want to wear lots of make up or to attract attention to myself, I just want to look natural, modest, healthy and (dare I say it?) pretty! I intend to wear more feminine colours and fabrics and I think this will be easier going into Spring as the weather gets better and the beautiful Spring colours burst out. I also want to work on having a more feminine manner (less clumping about!) and being more considerate of others.
5 - Home Making.
This one has 2 parts. The first is finding the joy in home making tasks. I don't want to view housework and serving others as drudgery - I want a servant's heart! I want to see the value of hard work and a job well done. The second part is to learn more home based skills. There are so many that I would love to learn! On my list are to keep baking, to learn cooking, knitting, crocheting, sewing and to continue making cards. I have some lovely DVDs by the West Ladies to help me and I am really excited to learn some practical skills.
6 - Hope Chest.
I have a big wicker chest which is going to be my hope chest. I don't think it will be a traditional hope chest with heirlooms and such in it. It will be more somewhere for my learning tools to be, a place for those books and things that I will be using to learn new skills and in developing as a person. So far it has a few inspiring and home related magazines, books and DVDs in it. Plus that is currently where my Bible is stored. I like that it is a big chest and that it is in my room where I can get to it at all times. I want to keep building it up as a kind of reference and inspiration library.
7 - Blogging.
I am still very new to blogging - less than a month - but really enjoying it so far! I like that my blog is somewhere I can write what I am feeling and what I am learning. I want it to be a record of my progress too, showing the positive steps I am taking. I intend to keep writing blog posts regularly through out 2011.
Well, those are my goals for the New Year! It really looks like a lot written down like that but there are 12 months to achieve it in. Even if I just make progress towards my goals I will be happy. After all, it is the journey that is the most important. Oh I am excited though!