OK - I'm usually the last to come to a party & this post proves it....
Everyone did their New Years Resolutions last week... or picked their "Word of the year" at the beginning of the year. Call me a slacker. It's OK.
I did the "One Word" of the Year for the past few years - you can see the ones I picked on the side of my blog. Focus / Confident / Renew... great words. & they all spoke to me.
& I started looking at words for this year.
let me tell you - I had a list a mile long of words & why I liked each one.
Webster Dictionary never had me so involved then the past few weeks.
But it was all causing stress to me. Too much pressure... & I came up with some new idea....
Instead of a word for the year, I'm going to do something new....
A SCRIPTURE OF THE MONTH!!!!
I did this last October for a challenge - got a scripture & read it every morning, wrote it out every day. Really really focus on it - digest it - infuse it in my mind. I loved doing that... so why not do it every month?
& at the end of the year, I'll have 12 scriptures of God's word more rooted in my mind & heart... so much better then just one word - at least for me. I'm so excited about this.
I already have my January scripture everywhere... I need to do a monthly blog on the scripture I have... I already have loved my first one & it really shows me I'm doing the right thing for me.
So that's one of my goals for 2016.... (goals sounds so much better then resolutions)... but here's some of the other ones I'm really shooting for....
... drink more water every day. / I drink a lot of sparkling seltzer water, but I need to just drink plain good ole basic H20... so healthy for the body, skin, brain - everything.
... get in 10,000 steps daily / sitting at a desk Monday - Friday & then a lot of times on the weekend doing photography editing, its a lot of sitting. Do you KNOW how unhealthy sitting is? I have to make a point & effort to move more at work. Even if its just walking around my desk in circles. I gotta do it.
... read more / I love to read & my goal last year was 40 books. I got to 39. DANG IT! But I'm shooting for a goal of 40 books again this year. I'd love to actually get in 50 but we'll work on the first goal. I just need to make more time to read. That's what it comes down to.
... Deeper in the Word / I want to make sure I read more, learn more, feel more of God in my life. There's just too many resources out there for the grabbing to NOT be in God's Word EVERY.DAY! I want my Bible to be open every day.
... Bible Journal / I want to continue on doing my Bible Journaling & learn new techniques & fun ways of spending time with God & what He says to me.
... work out, races & moving!!! / I have big races ahead in 2016 & I want to train healthy & mindful & try to do it all injury free. (did anyone else just laugh with me) ..But I do intend to do 6 days a week of working out. I'm excited about that too!
... yoga / I hate yoga. It's not something I hide. I HATE YOGA. But yep, I'm making it a goal. I NEED yoga. The older you get, the more your body wants to shrivel up in a ball & I want to stay long & flexible. Hence... yoga... dang you yoga! But I want to make it happen once a week - probably on Sunday - end/start my week with a good stretch. I'll do it with a grumpy look too! But I'll do it
... sticking with my 21 Day Fix / I WILL make my weight goal this year. & I WILL stay there! I'm excited about it. I see in my mind standing on that scale & seeing that number... visualizing those pair of jeans on me... seeing the shorts on these legs looking GOOD. It's all up to me & the choices I make! & I can do it!
... keep up with my house / I'm pretty sure TLC is contacting me soon for an episode of Hoarders.
... more pictures of my life / I've talked about this before but I'm a pro at taking pictures of everyone else's life - not my own. I want to make it a point to have an album of enough pictures of my life in beautiful pictures - not just Instagram pictures at the end of 2016.
... mindful spending / I'm bad about this. I want something, I get it. I know that's a blessing, but I also want to save more & not buy things that in the end, I don't REALLY need. So I want to be more mindful. Maybe that means putting my credit card in a block of ice so by the time it takes to thaw, I'll have time to think :)
... find a church & get involved / I STILL cry every time I talk about the disaster that happened to our church in 2015. I miss it so much. I'm still heartbroken from it all. Devastated is more the word. But this year, I want us to get planted in someplace... I want to get involved back in youth ministry - oh gosh, how I miss it (... here's the tears again... I honestly cant talk about it without crying...) I miss the kids & being able to speak God's encouragement into them. I feel like I'm more open for God to move us this year... & I'm excited for it to happen!
... cook more / I really love when I get to try new recipes & they are amazing. Sadly, between work & working out, I put off cooking way too often. I need to make it a point. Stay ahead of the game. Get those ingredients in the house so its easy to do. Food is nutrition. I would be happy to cook twice a week. Easy enough - right?
... connect more / I am always so busy with a busy schedule, I need to learn to make connection with my friends & family more.
... Beachbody coach / I really do love Beachbody & the difference it has made in my life. I've been lucky to help a good number of people get started on the path of getting healthier & in better shape in 2015. I want 2016 to really focus on helping more people. I really believe in it & am excited to see where this coaching thing can take me.
... SAY NO! / In order to do that & most of the things above, I need to say NO more to things. I need to not book & double book every weekend with pictures. It's OK to not take every client that contacts me. I need to get good at saying no. It's hard for me. But I have to really put priorities in my life & a lot of times, its not doing for others that don't think twice of never caring about me. I think that alone will free up so much time in my life.
So I'm excited about all of these... it all seems feasible too.
It's not like I'm saying, "I want to jump out of a plane."
If you ever DO see that on my blog - get help right away - its not me!