My husband doesn’t make New Year’s resolutions; he says it’s pointless because research has shown that within two months, most people have abandoned their goals. I don’t agree with him, though; the way I see it, if I even pursue my goals for two months, that’s better than doing it for zero months, and who knows, maybe I’ll stick with it longer. So, to that end, here are the resolutions I’m making for this year:
1. Get back in the habit of doing devotions and Bible study each day.
This is the most important one. I used to be really good about this, but I got out of the habit over this past chaotic summer and fall while we were moving and settling into our new home. It’s time to stop using that as an excuse, though; I don’t like it when I feel distance in my relationship with God, like I’m ignoring Him and only pursuing Him when I want Him to dispense some favor for me. And I want to get back in the habit of doing daily devotions with our children, too.
Here is a site to get a quick Bible study lesson:
2. Get regular exercise.
I didn’t need to exercise this past fall because of all the physical outdoor labor that needed to be done on our new property. Now that winter has set it, there is less of that kind of work for me to do, but I’ve gotten out of the habit of hitting the treadmill. So I’m starting small by resolving to hop on the treadmill or go for a hike 2-3 times per week for 20-30 minutes.
3. Make my first attempt at making maple syrup from our maple trees.
Philip and I both work full-time, so our attempts at homesteading are mostly of the hobby variety. Still, food production, preparation, and preserving are really useful skills to have, so even though I won’t be able to meet all our syrup needs given our small number of maple trees, I want to learn to do it. Here are two useful sites:
4. Figure out a system for getting home cooked meals made most nights.
Even though I’m working full time and taking the kids to all corners of Washtenaw County for the various activities they are involved in, I need to make sure my husband has food that he likes. Although I have been cooking, it’s been really simple stuff like pasta dishes most nights because I simply haven’t been home at all; as soon as Christmas break began, I got busy in the kitchen, of course, but my husband recently expressed strong displeasure at the lack of well-prepared meat and vegetable dishes that happened over the fall. I got really upset with him at the time because I felt like that was an unfair request, but after calming down, I realized that lack of planning ahead on my part is a big chunk of the problem and that I could get up at 5:00 instead of 5:30 and get the crock pot going if I weren’t sort of lazy about it. So what I need to do is get a planning system in place.
Edited to add: Working full-time is my choice, not something Phil demands of me. He expects me to fulfill my duties to my family first, and if I can’t, then I need to cut back at work. So it’s my own choice to be this busy and it’s on me to make it work or readjust as needed. 🙂
5. Read six books.
I used to love to read, but blogging has tended to drag me away from reading books in favor of reading essays. Essay-reading is fine, but I think it’s beneficial to read longer works that are more in-depth as well. I’m going to start this goal tomorrow by heading out to the library; I go there every week anyway so the children can get things they want, so it shouldn’t be hard to grab a book for myself. I’ll read it before bed instead of wasting time looking at Twitter.
I’d love to hear about your resolutions if you’ve made any!
May your 2015 be a year full of blessings and peace!