Resolution: a formal expression of opinion or intention made
Tis the season for resolutions. And for the anti-resolutions camp to make some noise. How many people follow through on resolutions made in January? And why do we only make resolutions in January, as though one is not permitted to make a clean start on, say, October 26? I know, new year, new start. It feels crisp, and clean and new, and in the past I’ve put a lot of pressure on January!
Previous New Year’s resolutions including losing large amounts of weight in short periods of time. I’m done with those kinds of resolutions, though I still long for some miracle pill/cure that will allow me to live without food boundaries and look like Heidi Klum. I’m obsessed with the numbers on the scale. When I awake each morning, I’m determined to work towards decreasing those numbers, but when an opportunity for indulgence arises, I leave my ascetic ways behind. I long to find a healthy balance when it comes to my body, my weight, and the way that I eat and exercise. But I’m NOT making a New Year’s resolution about it!
Instead, I’m going to resolve or “express an intention” for other positive steps:
1. Floss daily. OK, this is an annual New Year’s resolution for me. I just can’t seem to get into the habit of daily flossing. Good oral hygiene has been linked to a number of healthy benefits including reduced incidents of heart disease. And who doesn’t want good teeth and fresh breath?
2. Read the Bible in a Year. Thanks to some friends in Texas, I have a community to read with! We’re reading The Message version of the Bible, (it is written in common language and reads like a story) starting in Genesis and going through Revelation in 2011. As a companion and introduction to each new book of the Bible, we’re reading Larry Crabb’s 66 Love Letters. My friends are blogging about it, and inviting the online community to comment and get to know each other. Click this if you want to check it out, or you want in. It’s not too late to join us!
3. Read daily. This is prompted by my friend Suzy who is championing reading on her blog Case for Books. In an entry on 29 December 2010, Suzy writes: It is believed that the average person reads less than one book per year. The average millionaire reads two books per week. Though my aim is not to be a millionaire, I do think reading is good for the head and the heart. I love to read, and Suzy’s challenge to read for one hour a day is a great goal to shoot for, even if I fall short!
4. Read blogs. I have great friends who are internet savvy, who blog and twitter and are linked in. I do the same, but I have so much more to learn! So this year I hope to read more blogs and learn to how to be internet savvy, using more pics and videos on our site.
These are some of the blogs I hope to follow more closely this year. If you blog, or have a blog you love to follow, please let me know so I can add it to my personal list!
- Jocelyn, a mom with three kids, is learning to “Dwell in Possibility” as she conquers her “40 Before I’m 40” list, and keeps me entertained along the way.
- Kelly is unstoppable with her three kiddos, keeping track of “Our Family Ramblings” and informing me about great household products as well as cleaning and money saving tips.
- Jenna stopped “Drinking to Distraction” and is writing about what she lost and what she gained.
- Cathy is the Chief Conversation Starter at No Pressure Networking and helps independent professionals and organizations grow their business through networking and referrals.
- “Simply Rebekah” is all about being “frugal, green, and life in between”. Stay-at-home Mom of one, Rebekah loves discovering helpful tips and passing them along.
- I already mentioned Suzy’s blog, Case for Books.
- I also mentioned Cici and Staci’s Bible reading blog.
I have lots of friends who blog. Sadly, I can’t remember each one. I’d like to learn how to manage the blogs I follow with an RSS Reader or whatever (obviously, I have a lot to learn!).
So there. Those are some of my resolutions. I’m formally expressing my intentions to focus on just a few areas this year.