Monday, January 4, 2016

New Year Resolutions

1. Tithe more to the church.
Chris and I are really good about keeping our finances organized. We save a certain amount each month, discuss projects we want to do around the house or vacations we want to take, and we stick to a plan on acheiving those things. However, we haven't been good about tithing to the church on a consistent basis. Sure, we give money to the church every now and then when the offering plate is passed around on Sunday, or we help out with different missions in the church, but we don't have a set plan on how much money we want to give the church weekly, monthly, or yearly. I believe in giving back what God has blessed you with to work towards the good of the church and His kingdom, so this year I want us to figure out a way to incorporate a consistent tithe in our budget based on what we are able to give as a family.

2. Be active at least three days a week.
I know what you're thinking…exercising is everyone and their mamas' resolution. I actually dread going to the gym the first few weeks in January because we all know that it's going to be packed with a trizillion people who have the same resolution. SO, I've decided to make mine more specific than the original "exercise more this year." My goal is three days a week (at least) of being active. This may not mean doing a hard core workout every time, because I'm being realistic and know that I can't commit to that. Like everyone else in America, I'm tired. And most days the thought of working out after a long day of work is the last thing I want to do. So I'm being real with myself - whether it's walking Lou, going to the gym, doing jumping jacks in the living room, or going for a long run, I want to commit to being more active this year.

3. Do my Bible study every day.
I'll be honest - I've been so selfish with my time lately. I convince myself that I don't have time to sit down and do a Bible study every day; I tell myself that going to church on Sunday or having a longer prayer at night time is enough. This year I want that to change. God has blessed me with so many wonderful things, how can I make excuses to not spend time in His word?! It is my goal to get up 30 minutes earlier every day in order to have some quiet time to read his word and spend time in prayer. I know that giving my undivided attention to Him on a daily basis will help me to be a happier, more fulfilled person in this new year.

4. Have a more consistent blog schedule.
I've said it before and I'll say it again - juggling work and this blog is challenging. I love teaching and I love writing on this blog, but sometimes doing both stresses me out and I feel stretched thin. Teaching is my job and blogging is my hobby, so naturally, teaching comes first more often than not. However, I love this little space of mine and want to continue it - so I've come up with a goal of being more consistent on here by committing to a posting schedule. My goal is going to be to post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I know a few other bloggers who stick this schedule and they've told me that it really helps them stay on track and stay consistent for their readers.

5. Continue to lose weight on Weight Watchers.
Before the holiday slam of treats, holiday dinners, and multiple cups of hot cocoa a night, I was on Weight Watchers and had lost 8.2 pounds. I was feeling healthy, energized and more motivated about weight loss than ever before. But the holiday "break" got the best of me - and my plan of only taking a few days off of the program turned into taking two weeks off. With the start of the new year, I'm ready to get back on track! If you are interested in doing Weight Watchers yourself, check out this post on why I love the program and why it works!

What are your New Year Resolutions?! I would LOVE to hear! Thanks for stopping by!

PS. May your Monday be short and your coffee strong - I know we are all going to need a lot of it after being off for the holidays and trying to get back in the grind.
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