Anyone make New Year’s Resolutions this year? I used to be a faithful resolution-writer, until I realized that putting the word “resolution” in front of any of my goals automatically meant I’d give up around early February and push them off until next year. In my work life, I’m as determined as they come, but when it comes to my personal life, I’ll be honest; my self-control isn’t great.
Instead of resolutions, this year I decided I’m going to center my life around a specific word: intentional.
What does it mean to be intentional? It means to do things on purpose, to be deliberate. When it’s so easy in life to go on auto-pilot, especially with work getting busier, I want to focus on slowing down and being thoughtful about what I do.
I want to be intentional in my relationships.
If I’ve ever received a text from you and not texted back/taken a ridiculously long time to respond, I’m sorry. I’m going to work on that this year. I’ve realized that while I LOVE my friends and family, I haven’t been actively working to maintain and deepen those relationships, and sometimes I let work/life take priority over the peeps I love.
If you don’t water a plant, it dies. You can’t water a plant with a gallon of water and assume that will tide it over for a month, and you can’t just put effort once into a friendship and assume that will keep it alive. This year, I want to be more intentional in reaching out to friends and family to reconnect, to share something funny, or just to tell them I love them.
I want to be intentional in my faith.
Building your spiritual muscles is like building your real ones; you have to be consistent. I have not been consistent at all. I read my Bible when I decide I feel like it (or when I need to prep for bible study) and pray when I happen to think about it. Being sporadic is better than nothing, but I know it’s not going to give me the spiritual six-pack I’m looking for. This year, I plan on getting back to nightly Bible studies (or maybe morning ones?) and making a routine of prayer so that those midday, sporadic chats with God are the cherry on top, not the whole darn dessert.
I want to be intentional about my health.
I am the queen of mindless snacking and the duchess of emotional eating. I generally eat healthy meals, but it’s all the stuff in between that’s killing me. The goal for the year is to be more aware of what I’m eating. I’m not about going on a diet or depriving myself; I want to cut out the mindless eating so that I can enjoy what I do eat because if there’s one thing I love, it’s food. Oh, and my husband of course.
Even though one of my least favorite people is taking office this January (crying), I’m optimistic about 2017. I’m excited to make changes this year and hopefully reap the rewards.
What are your goals/resolutions for the year? Any tips to help me achieve mine?