As if you haven’t already heard enough about what your friends and family are resolving to do this year, I have decided to share with you my goals, hopefully so that I will stay accountable. Here’s what I plan to do and why:
1. Read my Bible and write in my prayer journal every day. Why? In order to be a true believer in the Christian faith, or any faith at all, one must be informed on what he or she is believing. I’ve read several sections and books of the Bible a number of times, but I would love to read it from cover to cover. Also, I’ve gotten a little off track on my prayer journaling. When I was in ninth grade, a speaker at Sunday school encouraged me to start a journal where I shared my prayers, reflected and repented for my sins, and thanked God for my blessings. I’ve been through three or four full notebooks since, and I can’t seem to get enough. It is a great way to get your thoughts out there and great for looking back at what worried/concerned you in the past.
2. Reach my goal weight of 126 by Spring Break. Spring Break this year for me is in late March, so I have about 12 weeks to reach this goal. As of right now, I am 141 pounds, so I have about 15 to lose. On the exercise side, I am going to increase the intensity of my cardio workouts (trying to get them up to at least 5 days per week) and lift heavier. Eating-wise, I am going to stay low carb by only eating one whole-grain serving per day along with one serving of organic fruit. Plus, I will be sure to get lots of greens and protein in!
3. Stay in Touch. As a seventeen year old, I have more out of town friends than expected. My best friend lives in Florida, another one lives five hours south of me, one is in New Orleans, and another is in college halfway across the country. In 2014, I want to make sure I stay in touch with each of them consistently, whether that means shooting a text every now and then, Snapchatting, or writing a note on some pretty stationary.
4. More Random Acts of Kindness. Like the “Flash Mob,” many people are catching onto the Random Act of Kindness trend. Whether it’s paying for someone else’s coffee or leaving a gift-card on the windshield of someone else’s car, many are trying to put a little more good in the world. I’ve been brainstorming a little bit, and when it gets a little bit warmer I want to put water bottles along the running trails for people to take. I would re-label them with John 4:14, “But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” and place them along the trails for runners to drink!
5. Get more sleep. I’m a bit of an insomniac. It may be my OCD that keeps me up all night thinking, or maybe its just the ridiculous loads of school work that have me drinking coffee at 11 P.M. and hopping out of bed at 4:15 A.M, but I rarely get even seven hours of sleep. This year, I plan to make sleeping a priority — which means I am going to have to be much more efficient other areas of my life. I’ll keep y’all updated on this one.
6. Take pictures. Over the holiday break, I have been much better about taking pictures and being in them. It’s so nice to be able to visually capture every important moment, and sometimes I forget to take advantage of this privilege. I’d like to not only take more pictures, though, but improve my photography skills and be better about posting to FaceBook.
7. Finally, I want to learn new recipes. One of my favorite activities besides exercising is cooking. Over the past several months, I’ve gotten really good at baking (mostly for my football friends!), but I plan to work on making some new and healthy varieties that I can have for lunch and dinner throughout the week. If any of you have a go-to that you think is good and healthy, I would love to hear about it…or if you have a not-so-healthy recipe you want me to try an makeover, I will accept the challenge.
Anyway, that’s that for my 2014 resolutions. Maybe seven is a lot to live up to, but I am going to do my best. The key to making good decisions for resolutions is focusing on what really matters to you. Try to pick things that you really want to accomplish so that you will be more motivated to do so! Also, sometimes it is helpful to write them down and post them somewhere you will see them every day (or really several times each day!). Let me know what your resolutions are in the comments below! Happy 2014!