Resolved, 2011

January 2, 2011

I’m not exactly sure what this year will be like, expecting a baby in July and all, so instead of making a lot of specific goals like I usually do (which is usually fairly effective for me) I’ve decided to go with two big ones that should affect every area of my life.

First, actively seek the presence of God.

I feel like I’ve drifted from this in the past year, spending so much time focused on myself and my struggles. I’ve forgotten what it’s like to pray constantly, to really study the Bible, and to think about spiritual things often. I’ve thought about how I can get back to this, and what I’ve come up with are a few specific things that, in my experience, cause me to feel more connected to my faith.

  • This year, every third book I read will be faith-based. It could be a memoir, a study, or even Christian fiction, but when I read about God I feel closer to Him.
  • I will try to always have some sort of Bible study going. Whether this is with a group or on my own, I need to have some dedicated time to spend learning about God.
  • I will spend more time listening to worship songs. Music gets into my soul, and it can change my thoughts and attitude.

Second, take on my own Happiness Project.

Several of my friends have read the book by Gretchen Rubin, and they recommended it so highly that I obtained a copy for myself last year. There is a chapter for each month with a different focus, all eventually to help you be happier with your life. Last year I spent too much time being depressed, and I want this to be the year of happy. So I intend to read a chapter of this book each month and do my best to carry out its intention.

Then there are the other things I’d like to accomplish…

Mainly I’d like to have a healthy baby, but that’s out of my control for the most part.

I’d like to get back to exercising regularly, although that will mean more swimming and yoga and less running and biking.

I’d REALLY like to get our house fixed up before having a baby, and that will be a huge focus of my time until then, but I know it might not happen completely due to time and money. Still, we’re going to try.

I’d like to get back to blogging regularly, taking more pictures, and at least attempting to edit them.

And then there’s my list of 101 goals in 1001 days, which I’d like to continue to make progress on.

That’s it I think! Here’s to a happy, fulfilling 2011.



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Comments on Resolved, 2011

  1. 1

    From Lauren:

    let me know how i can help with your house! or anything else. :)

  2. 2

    From Kris |

    Happy New Year Doll!!!

    Great post and great goals for 2011! I think it is important to stay true to what keeps you centred and it looks like you have that back full force in your life! Beautiful :)


  3. 3

    From Amber from Girl with the Red Hair:

    I bought ‘The Happiness Project’ for my mom for Christmas and I am going to borrow it from her after she’s done. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it so I’m very excited to read it!!

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    From Sarah:

    I can especially identify with your first resolution and explanation of why you resolved to do what you’re doing. I’m coming out of a season of an intense look at my salvation, if I had it, and why I do have it {by nothing I’ve done}. As a recovering critic and control freak, it’s been a rough year, but am looking forward to 2011.

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    From Kyla Roma:

    I love this post! You’re focusing on such beautiful things that will really nurture you- I think only good can come from a year spent with this kind of a focus :)

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    From Emily Jane:

    This is going to be a wonderful year for you, I love what you’ve chosen to focus on. I need to work on that first one, too. Here’s to a happy, healthy, beautiful new year for you :)

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    From Mindy:

    It sounds like it will be a very exciting year for you! I love feeling inspired this time of year and reading posts like this. How have you been feeling? Do you have any strange cravings? :)

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