I don’t do resolutions. I can’t remember ever doing them, but I do like to set some goals and make plans for the new year…it’s my way of resolving to do new/different things without make resolutions. Sneaky.
1. Make more time for friends. I made this a goal last year also and kept it up until August when too many things started happening at once and the “make-time-for-friends” goal got taken off the calendar. So I’m starting this one again. I’ve already got my monthly dinner dates with two friends scheduled for the next few months (until March anyway, and then we’ll have to do some readjusting for Baby Harper’s arrival).
2. Be more financially responsible. Last January I finally set up the automatic deposit of money to our savings account every two weeks. That’s been consistent and good. We’re saving more and preparing more for the unexpected. I’ve been working on my coupon-ing skills and saving money at the grocery store (and it’s actually kind of fun–shhh). We’re hoping to get our car paid off early (by August) and we have one credit card that needs to be gone ASAP. I want to be more financially responsible in general, but specifically so that in August when Chris quits work, our finances will be in better shape and we won’t be completely broke with two kids (gulp).
3. Work on my marriage. 2010 was quite the year to say the least. At times I didn’t think fixing things was possible (or that I really wanted to). But through the struggles in our marriage and the struggles of those around us (my friends, my sister, etc.), I have a new resolve to make things better. Not that things are bad right now, we’re actually doing really well, but I don’t want to be comfortable with the stage we’re in now or to forget the chaos that comes with lies, secrets, and a loss of focus on God. I want to blame Chris for all the stuff that happened last year, but I have things I need to work on as well. And not just to better us (even though that’s great) but to ensure that my daughters grow up in a safe, happy, God-following environment where they can do nothing but succeed.
4. Get involved. We’ve been trying to find out niche at church for the past couple of months; going to The Dwelling, randomly volunteering at LifeBridge, but haven’t found where we fit. This time last year we joined a small group and while the people were amazing, they were all 30+ years our seniors and we weren’t in the same season of life. And when things blew up in July we stopped going. I don’t know where we’re supposed to be, but we need to be somewhere.
5. Move. Now this goal came about last summer and then I found out I was pregnant and had to put it off for nine (or so) months. I would like to be in better shape, but I need a specific something to work toward to keep me on track and focused. So after Harper is born and I get the okay from the doctor, I’m going to start training for a half triathlon. Running, swimming, and biking. Right now I’m looking forward to it and think it will be fun (and a lot of work), but we’ll see how my attitude changes in a couple months when I actually have to do it (oh, and I have to go buy a bike). I’m going to do it one way or another, but my attitude while doing it? That’s a current unknown.