This time of year tends to turn everyone a little bit introspective. What have we accomplished in the previous year? What would we like to accomplish in the coming year?
I admit, I struggle a little with follow-through – I plan to do things, and somehow, I can’t find the will-power to do them. I imagine I’m not the only one, but sometimes it feels that way when I look around and see all of the great things that the people around me are doing.
Much like in past years, I have decided on a few things that I would like to see happen in my life in the coming year. But this year will be different. This year I will follow through on them. I will not, I can not, let myself get 2 months down the road without doing anything to change.
This year, I will drink more water. I know I need to get healthy and lose some weight. One of the first things I need to start doing this year is drink more water. My goal is to be where I am drinking almost 4 liters of water every day. I already have a water bottle that holds .75 liters, so all I need to do is refill that at least 3 times during the course of the day and actually drink it.
This year, I will exercise more. I have already been going to the gym for an hour or so 3-4 times each week. Before you say “That’s great!!”, yes it is – but I need to do more. Lately, I’ve noticed that during that hour or so I haven’t pushed myself as hard as I could. One of the things that I am going to try to do this year is do a little exercise at home as well as my current gym routine. I have a wonderful yoga app on my phone that does a full yoga workout – anywhere from 20-40 minutes – and believe me, that’s more than enough for my skill level. I plan on using that app at least twice a week. This month, however, I might try to do even more than that – just to get me going. The app I use is called FitStar Yoga, and for the month of January they are doing a fitness challenge. If I complete 20 workouts, I am automatically entered into a drawing for some great stuff – ranging from a year’s subscription to the full app, to a FitBit. I doubt I will win, but then, that’s not the point – is it.
This year, I will read more. I used to read a lot in my younger days. Now it seems that I can’t find the time, unless it’s an audio book that I can put on while I’m driving. While I love the medium of audio books (and have thoroughly enjoyed the books, and the readers, that I have listened to), I would like to pick up and read a few actual books. I love the smell of a bookstore, old or new. I love the feeling of opening up a book and turning the pages. I do appreciate modern technology of being able to read on an electronic device, but it’s not quite the same. This year, I may read the occasional book on my Kindle, but I have many lovely books on my shelves that are just gathering dust. I have so many book lists on my Pinterest that I haven’t even started on. I feel little like Jane Austen’s Emma, who created her book list, and then never read most of the books on the list.
“Emma has been meaning to read more ever since she was twelve years old. I have seen a great many lists of her drawing up at various times of books that she meant to read regularly through–and very good lists they were–very well chosen and very neatly arranged–sometimes alphabetically and sometimes by some other rule. The list she drew up when only fourteen–I remember thinking it did her judgement so much credit that I preserved it some time; and I dare say she may have made out a very good list now. But I have done with expecting any course of steady reading from Emma. She will never submit to anything requiring industry and patience and a subjection of the fancy to the understanding.” Jane Austen – Emma, Chapter 5
This year though, I will read more and pin less. I have chosen a book list challenge for this year, and have already chosen a few books for it. You can find the list here: 2016 reading challenge.
This year, I will write more. I have some exciting ideas for this blog. The main one is an ongoing series where I review vlogs. Not just any vlogs, mind you – Literary Inspired Webseries. The internet has recently seen an explosion of these – starting with The Lizzie Bennet Diaries written and produced by Pemberley Digital. I plan on putting up a new review at least twice a month – I’ll let you know when the first one comes out, but it should be soon. I would also like to post about my ongoing journey with weight-loss and fitness – perhaps to go along with the first two resolutions – I will use this as a platform to track some of what I’ve been doing. Don’t worry – I’m not one of those people who takes post-workout sweaty photos for the benefit of the internet. I also have another side project that involves cooking and writing about cooking, but I will have to save that for another post – there are still a lot of things that need to be hashed out with that first – however, you can hope to see more lovely food photos of some of the things that I’ve made.
This year, I will make more. I am a crafter. Lately, I have been doing a lot of crocheting, but I would like to do other things as well. I have so many projects in the works, and I have the creative person’s curse of starting a new project before finishing any of the others. Over Christmas, I did start and finish several things – mostly presents for other people – but there are so many other things in my work-in-progress pile. I need to get in there and finish them. For example, I know for certain that I have at least 3 blankets in the works – along with a child’s toy, some dishcloths, and (left over from christmas) a snowflake scarf. In early December, I was able to participate in a craft fair, and had a lot of fun doing so. For this coming year, I would like to do a few more. My goal for 2016 is to participate in at least 3 craft fairs. If anyone knows of a smallish one, please let me know – I am always looking for new ones that I can check out.
This year, I will read my Bible daily. Even if it’s only a verse or two, I need to get back into the habit of spending some time in God’s Word and reconnecting with Him as the source of my strength. I know I said earlier that I like the feel of an actual book in my hands, but for this one, I may cheat a little. I have a podcast that I have been meaning to listen to for about 2 years now called the Daily Audio Bible. I have listened to several of the episodes before, and it is a great podcast, but I don’t like starting in the middle. Every year, they begin at the beginning, and by the end of the year they have read through the entire Bible. My goal is to listen to every episode of 2016. I haven’t started yet, but I will be starting today, and I don’t mind listening to 2 or 3 episodes in one day.
This year, I will live more.