As we approach New Year’s Day, the decision of whether or not to make a resolution is on the back of my mind. If you’re thinking about making a resolution, this website lists the 10 Top Resolutions for 2016 as the following:

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Photo from this Happy New Year’s website

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become better at doing what I say I’m going to do, but when I put a label on it, like “resolution,” I am not the best about following through. After listening to our guest speaker, Derek Harden, last weekend at Woodcrest, I’ve decided not to make any resolutions. Instead, I’m setting a few easily attainable goals:

  1. Start my day with scripture. This is something my late grandmother ALWAYS told me to do, and she was a very wise woman! Every time I would spend the night at her house, I woke up to her sitting on her dining room table reading her Bible. For the most part, I do this already, so I won’t be too hard to keep this going.
  2. Blog at least once a week. I find I’m more happier when I’m writing. I think it’s my therapy. Sometimes my writing helps others, so I want to make sure I keep giving back.
  3. Get active at least three days a week. Confession: I hate working out, but I know I need to get back into the gym or do some sort of exercise. I’ll be 40 in four years, and my metabolism is REALLY starting to slow down. M.y sisters have committed to being my accountability partners, so this should be a “walk in the park,” pun intended
  4. Eat healthier. This is because I don’t work out a lot and can’t eat anything I want to anymore.
  5. Research my family history more. My FAVORITE gift for Christmas this year was a day-to-day journal my late grandmother kept while she was a student at Julliard (1935-36). She diligently wrote in this journal every day for a year. I LOVE things like this and want to spend some time researching my family’s history a little more, especially on my paternal grandfather’s side.
  6. Clean my basement! I live in an older home, so my basement is damp, dark and full of spider webs. I don’t like it. There’s some clean up work that needs to be done down there and I’ve been putting it off for a couple years now. Gotta get ‘er done!
  7. Sell my rental house! Oh my goodness, that little house has caused me so much stress these last two years. My head is starting to hurt just thinking about it. If you’re looking for a cute little house to buy in mid-Missouri, shoot me an email!
  8. Pay off my credit cards. This is a biggie for a lot of folks, but not a super big deal for me. I only have two cards and around $1,000 in debt, but I want to go ahead and get that paid off so I don’t have to worry about it anymore.

This may look like a long list, but I think all of these will lead to the “resolution” that I was going to set from the start—connecting with God. That’s my ULTIMATE goal anyway. Please say a little prayer for me in hopes that I’m able to meet these goals in the new year.

What are your goals for the new year?

Aunt Bubba