2014…and here we go (Joker from The Dark Knight)
2013 resolutions were so-so. I’ve got a few more up my sleeve for the new year. One year as a wife down, one and a half as a professional, half a year as an Oklahoma City resident. I have a feeling it’s only going to get better from here!
#1. Focus on being ME
It’s so easy to lose your identity in trying to be what the world says you need to be, trying to please everyone around you, and live up to your own perfectionist standards. 2014 is going to be the year I finally accept who I am and delight in that.
#2. Read the Bible through in a year.
I’ve done this many times in the past. I LOVE reading. Last year was skipped, however, and I truly missed my time with The Lord. I’m getting back to a reading plan and hope to read from start to finish once again. If you are looking for a Bible reading plan to help you throughout the new year check out this list!
#3. WRITE, WRITE AND WRITE
I say this three times, because I’ve got not one, but THREE books that I have started writing. And ZERO books that I have finished. If I can finish just one of them in 2014, I’ll be pleased.
#4. Break out that sewing machine
For Christmas I got my very own sewing machine! I grew up sewing some with my mom. She’s fabulous and talented. I would love to have just half of her skill. To help me learn new tricks, I purchased a new instruction book with 25 dress patterns! It was on sale and with our Barnes and Noble card and extra 10% off! If I can sew myself just two dresses, the book is well worth it! Maybe I’ll make all 25. New year, new wardrobe? Sure!
#5. Keep track of what I read
Speaking of purchasing books, I read a lot. As I mentioned above, I LOVE to read. In the past I’ve kept a “quote book” of quotes that I read in books and articles. I also previously wrote blog reviews on each book I read. I would like to continue both of those activities in 2014. (This again goes back to #1. I have to make time for the activities that I care about, not those I’m “supposed” to be doing).
#6. Eat more natural foods
Pretty typical resolution. I’ve just noticed that I feel better when I each whole grains, fruits and veggies. Fresh eggs, anti-biotic free meats and home grown produce just taste better. It is a little more expensive, and that hurts when you live on a tight budget. But it’s hard to put a price tag on how I feel after I eat “clean” foods. A few items I’m going to splurge on and add to my weekly shopping list: avacado, almonds, cous cous, cabage, grapefruit, blueberries, bananas, spinach, lentils, green tea, yogurt, olive oil
#7. Work out consistently
This past year, Chris and I developed a pretty normal routine of working out at least twice a week. This could include running, yoga, bike rides, long walks, lifting weights…we did well to fit it in two days. This year, I want to up that to three days per week. Because, just like when I eat a healthy meal, when I work out, I FEEL better. I often wonder how I lived so long without eating right and exercising, yet when I look back, I was miserable, and sick, and tired a LOT. And in 2014, I want to pursue an active healthy lifestyle even more so!
#8. Make new friends
Rolling over from last year is my desire to make new friends. Enough with the excuses. I need to pull up my big girl panties and put myself out there. It’s scary and uncomfortable, but I need strong positive women in my life. My focus will be on sustaining and strengthening the relationships I already have, but also making an effort to build new friendships.
#9. Stress less
I’m a stress addict. I also suffer from an anxiety disorder. My friends tell me to loosen up. My family says I need to let things go. It’s hard, friends. Just when I think I’m getting ahead, I fall back a few steps. I’ve lived with stress for so long, I stress when I’m not stressed. But, I know it’s not good for me and it’s time to overcome.
#10. Be positive
Ugh, I’m such a melancholy person. I find problems with everything in life. My husband and I attended a year end event and the couple at our table complained the entire evening. I apologized to Chris on our way home. I told him that I am so sorry, because that is me 90% of the time – constantly complaining. And if it drove me crazy during that party, I’m sure I drive other people crazy all the time.
And that’s my list. I’ve got a big year ahead of me. I’m going to attempt to do a better job with tracking my resolutions this year. Hopefully, I’ll frequently post updates and share advice along the way.
What are you doing to do in 2014!?