Here we go into a new year. Why does January 1st always bring on such thoughts of new beginnings? Shouldnt' every day be like that? I guess its the number 1 seen twice (01/01/whatever) that might strike a cord.
We got to ring in the new year with friends, playing games, laughing & enjoying each other - can I note - I LOVE to win! Thanks Lynn & Mickey for letting us come over to celebrate the new year!
Now - resolutions. How many people do the same one of "I want to loose blah-blah pounds" - yeah, that would be nice - but more importantly, I want to get healthy. I hit 161 classes at Jazzercise this past year - I want to strive to hit 200 classes! I want to be able to get more in shape. With that in mind - I want to eat healthier too & that starts with drinking less soft drinks & drinking more water. I love my diet soft drinks - Diet Big Red especially & Diet Coke is my morning coffee. But have you seen the reports of all the things you can do with Diet Coke - including cleaning the toilet? You know that's not good stuff in your gut if it can clean porclein & gunk off of it. Water is going to be more my choice. I cant give up soft drinks 100% because I do need my caffeine, but I will cut back major!
And on the eating healthy - my biggest resolution is to cook more! For those of you that know me - you are probably gasping as you read that! And to start it off - I cooked breakfast (Awesome breakfast burritos & hash browns - it was really good! - And I'm getting ready to cook dinner - some chili! - Look at me!) Its always been hard to cook since its mainly just me & Ricky at home & to cook for two people has always just not made sense. But now, with Ricky & his new job - he needs leftovers so it works out well. I'm even getting a receipe a day sent to my email for ideas! If anyone has any great recipes that are quick & EASY - please, let me know!
On the knitting side - I want to try new projects - sweaters, more elaborate socks, things I've been afraid to try - LACE! That's my biggest thing I want to do (Kristen, I may be getting ahold of you for help!) So many possiblites can come with 2 needles & a skein of yarn - its amazing! I'm anxious to see what is created off of my needles - you may see me so excited, I may be wearing a sweater in the middle of summer!
I also want to get back into my reading more. I was usually getting through a book a week & lately, its been about a book a month. I need to pick it up. I did just get a whole series of Debbie Macomber books too so I'm ready to kick off my reading.
And then, speaking of reading - I'm also resolving to do my devotionals. I am not going to read through the Bible again in a year - I've done it a few times & I just am not getting anything out of it like I should. So I found a great devotional Bible that has 12 30-month plans. For instance - one month is a devotional on Psalms, another month on Proverbs - another on the teachings of Jesus - it breaks it up to different catagories so each month is something new but it also takes you through the Bible - I'm excited about it!
And that bring me to a resolution that takes me back to the beginning - to get closer to God - to learn more & to be more like Jesus. Just like I said - why cant new beginnings start each day? When it comes to the relationship between God & yourself - we have that opportunity to start fresh each day (Praise the Lord!) I'm excited to see where God leads me this year & the opportunites He gives me to share more of Him - that's what its all about anyways. No other resolution compares. After all, weight, cooking, fitness, reading, even kniting - none of that stuff truly matters in the end - the relationship you have with God - its all counts!
So I pray that everyone seeks & finds what they need in their relationship with God - to know His love for them & to see where God takes them in the next year! HAPPY 2008 EVERYONE!