To be honest, I’ve never been big on making New Year’s resolutions. I’m not sure why, though my underachieiving personality might be to blame. But this year, I’m moving the bar up a bit to set some goals I can actually achieve.
First on my list?
Get back into my morning devotions habit.
I love spending time in scripture reading and prayer. It’s worth the early alarm clock bell and chilly morning air to set this time apart. I’ve let it go during the holiday break, sleeping in and being lazy, but it’ll be the first thing to change with the new year. You can read more about my morning routine here.
Bring back some joy to our homeschool.
It’s funny how routine brings a certain amount of boredom with it. With Noah graduated and heading to Basic in just over a week, and Fiona nearly finished with her schooling, I need to make Silas and Judah a priority by finding some fun field trips to take, Spice up our writing and other projects. Find a new book series to read together. We can do this.
Return to healthier eating and better exercise.
I’m not naturally inclined to health food and workouts. But since my thyroid surgery, I’ve gained weight and found it much harder to lose. I’m going to take the low-carb route, which is definitely not fun, but seems to be what works for me and my body. At my age, I also need to work in some weight-resistance workouts to help with bone density. The hardest part for me is building exercise into my daily routine, especially with all the stuff on our weekly calendar. But I need to just do it.
I tend to hibernate during the winter months. It’s cold, it’s dark a lot, and as previously mentioned, we are busy. But it’s important to invest in others, and feeding them is such a good way to start. So Chad and I will try to be more intentional with our time and home, offering it up as gift to others before the Lord.
I love to make stuff. Sketches, paintings, dollhouse miniatures, other bobs and bibs. But it takes a certain fortitude to get everything out, clear my schedule, ready my head, and just do it. So, artsy time definitely falls off the calendar. But I miss it. And since the weather makes indoor activities a must, the colder months are the righ time to do creative things.
Tame the Budget
With Thanksgiving and Christmas, not to mention certain December birthdays, spending gets a little crazy for a few months at the end of every year. January is the perfect time to whip our spending back into shape by making menu plans and grocery lists, analyzing our clothing needs over the next few months, reducing waste, etc. We’ll eat out less, reconsider those impulse purchases, make do and mend. If I feel the urge to redecorate, I’ll shop wha I already have, repurposing and refinishing where possible. It’s a good time to exercise thriftiness and make-do-ed-ness by prioritizing wants and needs.
That’s my list. What resolutions are YOU making in 2018?