A New Year…New Resolutions

Well….we certainly fell off the bandwagon on blogging the last few weeks of the year. (insert embarrassed emoji). Let’s just say it was a rough few weeks with lots of stress, little sleep, too much stuff to do, lots of love, fun parties, good church, good family time, fun presents…and the list of both good and bad could continue. If you are like us, we brought the end of the year in with a safe but sudden crash landing. It was a fun ride, but I am so glad it is OVER! With the close of the chaotic Holidays, comes a NEW YEAR. A New start. Endless possibilities. New Resolutions.

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Yes, I do happen to be one of those people that likes making THE LIST. I start with good intentions and place priority on accomplishing at least one of my resolutions. But life and old habits have a way of circumventing my good intentions and by the end of January, THE LIST is long forgotten. I was curious to know what other people were placing on their resolution list, so I did some research.

 

According to STATISTIC BRAIN here are the top 11 Resolution People have made for 2017

1
Lose Weight / Healthier Eating 21.4%
2
Life / Self Improvements 12.3%
3
Better Financial Decisions 8.5%
4
Quit Smoking 7.1%
5
Do more exciting things 6.3%
6
Spend More Time with Family / Close Friends 6.2%
7
Work out more often 5.5%
8
Learn something new on my own 5.3%
9
Do more good deeds for others 5.2%
10
Find the love of my life 4.3
11
Find a better job 4.1%
Other 13.8%

 

So now I was pretty interested in seeing resolutions that stuck in 2016. According to Forbes, only 8% of people actually keep their New Year’s Resolutions. Did you know that I was one of those 92% of people that  failed to keep any of my 2016 goals?

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Forbes also point out several secrets in keeping your Resolutions this year.

1. Make your goals specific.

2. Measure progress.

3. Be patient.

4. Share your goals with friends and family.

5. Schedule it.

6. Something is better than nothing.

7. Get up, when you slip up.

Another thing I think is so helpful, (this is coming from a New Year’s Resolution habitual non-finisher) don’t over commit yourself. I find myself so guilty of making this huge list of things I want to work on throughout the year and at the end of January, I am so frustrated I can’t finish a single resolution and give up. The topic of commitment is currently being taught in our Sunday School. An object lesson gave as perfect illustration for this. Resolutions are puzzles. And we only have so much time. So instead of selecting a 500 or even a 1000 piece puzzle, pick a puzzle that fits into the time frame you are allotted. In other words, instead of writing a full page of complex resolutions, focusing your attention on a few resolutions that you are able to commit to and complete.

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So I’m going to be a little transparent with you all and share my resolutions, or we can even call them commitments.

  1. Lose Weight.
    I’m pretty sure this has been on my list for longer than I can remember. So going back to the list of secrets we discussed earlier. I’m going to change this resolution to

    1. Lose (fillintheblanknoneofyourbusiness)lbs by March. Something SPECIFIC I can set a goal and commit to.
      Of course I’m not getting a very good start on this because I keep saying the famous line…”I’ll start tomorrow.”
  2. Become more Giving.
    Between preaching from the last year, watching those close to me, and being a receiver of so many blessing, I in return want to start giving back. Most of the time my mindset is that this has to be in monetary value, but instead I have been trying to focus on giving from my heart. Giving my time. Making a special treat for someone at random. And even at times money. Anything, no matter how small, giving from the heart and being a blessing to all those that are around me.
  3. Be a better Mom. Be a better Wife, a better Daughter, a better Sister, etc. Be a better Friend. 
    So I will be the first to raise my hand and admit. I am so stingy with my time. Of course this ties back into giving but also needs its own category. I don’t know if you all struggle with this the way I do but I find myself not wanting to take the extra time to go sit down and do something with someone. I would rather be home and rushing around to get all my stuff done. Life is so busy that I forget to stop and enjoy just time with people. Putting down the mobile devices and be present in the present. Simply loving people and taking time out of what I think I need to hurry and get done.  Any time I’m feeling a little alone my husband always quotes “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. ” Proverbs 18:24. And oh how true, instead of getting caught up in our “me me me” and our own problems focus on others. I believe this doesn’t just apply to the “friend” but to all our loved ones.
  4. Print out my kids pictures and make Photo books.
    I am the youngest of 3 girls and you all know how it goes. The first child has all these pictures and photo books, and mementos and then the more on down the line you are the less and less you seem to have. Well….I promised myself I wouldn’t do that….mmm hmmm…I sure am eating my words. My poor son and 2nd child doesn’t have hardly anything in mementos and I have yet to create him a baby book or even write down the memories. So before they all fade that is my resolution to work on this year.
  5. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO DO CHRISTMAS SHOPPING/PREPARATIONS
    So this year…I just lost my mind. It was terrible. I was going to the store at midnight or one to grab things that I could have easily picked up a FEW hours before when I was ALREADY at the store. I could go on an on because I’m seriously questioning where in the world my mind went this last Christmas. That being said I will never ever, if I can help it and as long as I don’t lose my brain again, do last minute Christmas Shopping/Preparations.

 

So do you make New Year’s Resolutions? I sure would love to hear from you all.

"I'm serious about keeping my New Year's resolutions. In the past, my resolutions when in one year and out the other."
“I’m serious about keeping my New Year’s resolutions. In the past, my resolutions when in one year and out the other.”

I hope you have a fantastic week!

 

Much Love,

 

Tasha

 

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