I have to say, I'm not a big fan of resolutions. It just seems like a lazy way to put off something that you should be doing already. Okay, maybe that's a little harsh, but I think it stings with a little truth, too. Let's think about it. What are the top resolutions that people make? Lose the weight, stop smoking and get organized. All things that we should have been working towards on December 31, 2010, right?
Instead, I choose to make different goals for the year. I'm already going to the gym and cutting calories here and there. I'm always thinking of ways to be more organized with my crazy life. Don't smoke and never will. So, I think I've got those covered. No, I want to create tangible goals that I know will push me. Things that fall under my radar with the busy-ness of life. Here it is folks:
1. Resume my professional writing career (translation: get paid to write). Some ways I can work toward that goal are: blog regularly (lucky you!), submit writing and resumes for freelance gigs, set aside regular writing time in my week, research writing opportunities.
2. Pay down (at least) $10K in debt. It takes a little guts to put that out there on a blog, but it's truthful. Due to the down economy and stagnant home values, we are still struggling with a school debt, car payments, etc. Are we paying our bills every month? Yes, absolutely. However, we aren't making the progress we'd like to make towards becoming debt-free. So, I'm trying to return to professional writing (see above), I'm making a lot of new from-scratch items, we're turning down the thermostat during the day and researching ways to cut more out of our monthly expenses.
3. Have a great homeschool year. That means, we need our 3rd grader to be prepared for her standardized testing in April, we need to get through those Saxon Math programs, we need to transition the twins into a regular, challenging phonics program and I want to make sure we're fitting in our music, art, typing, Spanish and geography.
4. Increase my faith in Jesus Christ. For me, that means a variety of things. I need to regularly do some of the things I haven't been so great about. I need to be better about fasting. It has been a long time since I've been pregnant or nursing. It's time to get back to the fasting habit. I need to hold regular Family Home Evening. I want to get my Sunday School lessons read and studied ahead of time. Most importantly, I want to incorporate more service opportunities into my family's daily life. I had an experience in December that taught me very clearly that I could read the scriptures and pray all I wanted to, but, if I really wanted to know the Savior, I would need to do the things He would do.
5. Finally, I need to work on refining my character. I need to put aside anger/frustration/irritation and put on kindness. I need to smile and be grateful. I need to stop complaining. Life is so very good.
Okay, so that sound of resolution-ish. That's okay. I'm happy with where I've been and where I'm headed. I think it's going to be a great year.