Some years (maybe most years) - I try not to make New Years resolutions.
I don't like to set myself up for failure. :-)
But I will admit - there are so many things that I just want to improve in the next year.
So I have 4 key things I want to work on and this is what I plan to do about it:
So I used to be a pretty organized person. And then I had kids and it just feels like it went out the window. I have SO many closets/drawers in my house that just need a good clean out and I have vowed to tackle our attic this year too. My biggest hurdle is having a baby that is a full time hands on job. I can only get things done in the 3 or so hours he is asleep and I also have to fit in showers, cleaning and exercise. So I'm going to get creative with time management.
A friend pointed me to A Bowl of Lemons last year. She has a 14 week plan where she give you checklists on each room in your house. It's amazing. I had good intentions last year but I was pregnant and tired. I may follow her plan or I may do a loose version of my own. But I intend to get more organized.
(Bowl of Lemons new series starts 1/9 if you want to join in!)
Being honest, my personal time with God really fell to a new low this last year. I feel like going to three kids hasn't been too bad and I've managed pretty well but there are things that have just fallen to the way side and my quiet time is one of them. I still pray at least daily and I read my Bible often but it just hasn't been a daily discipline and I can tell that I'm missing this in my life.
For the first time, I plan to read through the Bible Chronologically. I feel like this could be a whole new way to look at the Bible as a whole. I found an App that will give me a daily reading plan. I tried to find the name - but it's not showing on my phone. I think if you search apps for Chronological Bible Study - it will give you one if you are interested in trying this.
I'd prefer to do my quiet time in the morning but with a baby that gets up at 5:30 every morning and early school times - I'm thinking for this season - it may be a night time quiet time or even a car line quiet time. The important thing is I want to be back in the word on a steady basis.
3. HEALTH AND FITNESS
You may be wondering what happened to my weight loss goals since I haven't updated since September. Well, let me share what has happened.
I've just completely stalled out. My metabolism is just dead. And I have a million excuses I could give you but honestly - I'm just very disappointed that I haven't lost the weight yet. I will say I'm happier with myself than I was and accept where I am but at the same time I desperately just want to lose 30 pounds and feel like if I can just make a few life changes - it can happen. So I'm intending to get back on the weight loss train and I hope I can give a better report in a month or two.
Sometimes I think I have reverse anorexia. I look in the mirror and think I look okay and then I see pictures and I'm thinking "WHO ON EARTH IS THAT WOMAN????".
As much as I want to weigh less and look and feel better, I'm also thankful for my health and I wake up every morning and am glad to just be healthy and alive. So many are struggling and life is short - I just want to be happy I have each day!
I feel like there is always room for improvement in how I mother. As my kids grow, I face new challenges and I feel so ill equipped some days. I want them to be amazing adults and not in a counseling chair because their mother messed them up. ha! I don't have a specific plan of action for this. I'm sure I will try to read a few books or seek out some older mothers who can mentor me but I also plan to use my quiet times to just PRAY that God helps me in this mission field that I work in every day. Three little lives have been entrusted to me and I don't want to mess it up. (Even though I do daily).
So there are my things I'm going to work on in 2016. What are your top ones?