Hello 2012!

Happy New Year!
I have eschewed resolutions for a while (forever?) as silly traditions. Why not just start a new habit when one feels the need? But this year, I’m in. I overindulged during the holidays, and now it is time to shape up. I overextended myself with activities, and now is the time to tone down.

This is the year of LESS
–eating less
–drinking less
–spending less
— doing less

This is the year of MORE
— exercising more
— praying more
— reading more

This is the year of NURTURING
— my relationship with God
— my relationship with my husband
— being more present with the girls
— building *real world*  friendships
— nurturing myself and my appearance

This is my last full calendar year in my thirties. I need to make sure I spend these last 18 months in my thirties actually looking like I am in my thirties (and not a tired old lady!) That’s where the eating and drinking less and exercising more come in. And where nurturing myself and my appearance come in. I can shower daily, put on a bit of makeup and decent clothes and blow dry my hair. Really, I can make the twenty minutes that takes. And the thirty minutes or hour to exercise.

I plan to be more aware of my spending. I am not extravagant by any means, but I can be more aware of where my dollars are going.

I plan to do less — as in volunteer a little less, delegate a little more, say no. Not feel as though I am the only person who would do whatever it is that needs doing. I am busy. I’ve spent the last couple of years feeling like the only gift I have to offer the world right now is time. I’m a stay-at-home-mom. I have time. But in offering that time to others, I have neglected my own children — the reason I am at home. And I have neglected myself. Hearing people say they “don’t have time” for things is my pet peeve. Of course they do, they just don’t want to use that time for whatever. I looked at how I spend my time and realized that I have this “extra” time I am offering up only because I am not spending time on myself — exercising and dressing well. I am rushing my kids to and fro, putting them off, to do other things.  This is going to be the hard one, truly.

And I want to spend less time checking in on virtual friends via facebook and more time nurturing real friendships with people. I plan to make more phone calls, write more cards, and make more visits.

I am excited that I am also making time daily with God a priority. I’ll have weekly Bible study, in addition to teaching a weekly children’s Sunday School. I started today the daily devotional, Jesus Calling. And I plan to read more spiritual books with the fiction I love. Today, I listened to One Thousand Gifts on my three-mile walk/run this morning.  I also want to keep track of the books I read this year. That’s not a resolution so much as a reminder to myself.

Right now, I’m reading Winter Garden.

One thought on “Hello 2012!

  1. Yay, yay, yay! I'm so excited to read this post, because I have either:

    1. Been there
    2. Or currently experiencing

    It took a LONG time to realize that my time is MORE valuable to my family than to any organization. The bible says, "Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also" (Prov 31:28)…Not the world. This was a hard lesson for me. But, in the end, I'm more choosey about where I spend my volunteer hours and I'm a better person for it.

    Since going "dark" on Facebook I cannot tell you the amount of blessing I have received from it. I felt "tied down" to something that literally had a hold on me. Randy and I are both FB free and honestly it has enhanced my life, rather than hinder it.

    And of course, exercise and appearance. Been there… It truly is a decision within. If you need any help in this area, you know how to find me.

    Perhaps we can nurture our real life relationship this year! 🙂

    XOXO,
    Erica

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