“To February and Beyond . . .” spoken in my best Buzz Lightyear imitation.
Here we are beginning the eighth full week of the New Year; fifty-three days in with 312 days left in 2015. Where does the time go? I have to say by late February in years past I have fallen off the resolution wagon. This year, I am pleased to say, while not pulling down any record-breaking weight loss or completely remodeling the house and schedule, I have made consistent progress. Change takes focus, dedication and consistent effort.
My mindset this year is different. I have always been fanatical about scheduling, making lists and trying to be organized. I start out each year with the best of intentions and then somewhere around tax time or the beginning of baseball season the wheels would fall off. Last summer I did the Mental Fitness Challenge from Life Leadership. Along with my growing relationship with Christ, this series made a profound impact on the way I view my purpose in life.
I have shared Orrin Woodward’s book Resolved with my kids, friends and family. If you don’t read any other book this year, put this at the top of your list.
A little update on my resolutions . . .
Spiritual Growth–Each year I have started a new bible study, journal and daily devotions. I love to read but being in God’s word daily has sometimes been a struggle. I think I always bitten off a little more than I could chew. Then became frustrated when I got behind or couldn’t meet my goals. I have been participating in the Good Morning Girls Blogging through the Bible–it’s simple and fits my schedule. One chapter a day. Period. There are other resources where you can join a Facebook group or other accountability groups which allow for more in-depth discussions when time allows. I am happy to say I have stayed current and have made new friends and prayer partners in the process.
Family Time–This is still a work in progress for me but streamlining my schedule and a written plan for housework is helping to free up time for what mater most. I am working on a family calendar and blog to keep the kids in touch with each other and aware of what it on everyone’s schedule. I intentionally purchased gifts for my mom and sister that will allow us some time together–more on that after I share the surprise with them.
Time Management –I have religiously used a planner for over 25 years. I previously carried a Franklin Planner and this year have switched to a weekly planner. It has taken me a month to fine tune it to fit all my needs but I feel good about how it is working.
Health and Fitness–I am doing the Arbonne challenge and have whittled down my coffee and soda intake. As a family we are focusing on eating more whole foods, little or no sugar and wheat. I have gone a little crazy on small appliances to help with smoothies and cooking beans & rice. I have increased my activity just by shoveling snow this year–we have had a lot! This is the week to get back to the gym.
Home Organization and De-cluttering–I am most excited about this and can’t wait to share more details with you. Most days my house is clean but cluttered. However, my closets are full and I have boxes of stuff from previous de-cluttering efforts. My problem has been this, I would get one area clean and organized much to the demise of other areas in the house. I could never keep up once I organized, it was a vicious cycle. I finally broke down and took an online de-cluttering/organizing course from Christine at Spring Cleaning 365. It was such an Epiphany–like the sun breaking through the clouds and angels singing the Hallelujah chorus. So far I have organized my laundry room and office and I am working on the kitchen and master bedroom. The best part is . . .they have stayed cleaned and organized!
How are your resolutions going for this year?
What are you doing to stick with them this year?