Resolutions 2014

I’m not one who’s always been into resolutions. But this year I’m making 12.

12 is a ridiculous number for a New Year’s resolution. Who knows? I might be a little ridiculous for even thinking these up.

Like I said, I’m not one for making a new resolution every year. I’ve only done it twice before. Once in high school, to read the Bible through in a year (which turned into reading it all before moving into college). The second time was in college, to not eat hamburgers or fries for a year. With the exception of Arby’s curly fries and a special chili cheese burger in L.A., I did pretty good on that one!

So this year I got this crazy idea to do 12.

The idea is to do a different resolution each month. This partly started because I had already decided I wanted to try being a pescetarian (vegetarian, but fish is allowed) in January but didn’t yet want to commit to a whole year of such a drastic change. I figured if I feel better after trying it out a month, it wouldn’t be too hard to keep going. So then I decided I might as well pick something out for each month.

I talked this over with both my husband and one of my best friends. They both gave me their honest opinions, helped me iron out the details, and brought me back down where I was over-reaching.

So my overall New Year’s Resolution is to learn and practice health! I wanted this to include physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Here’s the month-by-month breakdown:

January – Pescetarianism

February – Intentionally focus on prioritizing meaningful time with my husband

March – Fasting

April – More frequent exercise

May – Increasing meaningful prayer times

June – Meditation and yoga

July – Intensive Bible study

August – No pop/soda/coke (whatever your dialect)

September – Daily Luminosity workouts and reading

October – Journaling

November – More friend dates

December – No sweets

The hope is that I learn a more disciplined, healthy lifestyle. If it takes 21 days to make a habit, maybe a month of focusing on one will carry over into the next month? Or maybe a month of focusing on one thing will simply show me it’s not for me, or there’s a better way for me personally to pursue that aspect of health.

So I’m layin’ it all out there. This works for accountability and helps me to blog more. My attempt will be to write at least once a month with an update on how it’s going – what I’m learning, liking, and hating.

So do you think I’m overreaching here? What are your resolution tips, tricks, and ideas for this year?

And while we’re on the subject, check out this guy’s list of nearly 69 LIFE resolutions!

Happy New Year!

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