The fireworks are over, the new year has come and that means my brain starts the same conversation it has every year. Every year I think about doing some resolutions and inside my head the conversation goes something like:
There are lots of things I would like to change about myself, so I should do some resolutions.
But only 8-40% of resolutions are kept, so why bother?
Mine could be a part of the 8-40%.
Sure they could…but will they?
Yes…I mean, sure…I mean…
Don’t get sucked into the hype that just because the year is new, that you have to make formal decisions.
But, I want to, so why not start?
You can start…but will you continue?
Every year I start this way and every year I come to no conclusion. I don’t think there is a right conclusion to be made, for me, for you, for anyone. Each day is a new day, so each day allows us to make changes that we want to make. Does it matter that a new year has begun? Not really, but since God has seen fit to give me another day, I will start today anew with several new goals in mind. None of these have target end dates. Some may take days, some months and some may never finish. Either way, one thing I do know, accountability will help any new goal come to reality and that is why I am placing mine here for all to see. Will you walk beside me and keep me accountable, always striving towards achieving these goals?
- Lose weight – I don’t want to specify a number because I don’t know what number to specify. I have a good amount to lose and I want to continue losing until I reach a weight where I am comfortable.
- Run at least one triathlon and beat my previous time – I ran my first triathlon last year with my mom and brother and I really enjoyed it. There is one coming up in May not too far from me and I hope to be ready enough to beat my previous time.
- Pray – I pray, but not nearly as much as I desire to pray. I want my prayer life to be as vital to me as anything else and making a conscious effort to pray more is the first step.
- Disciple and be discipled – Until recently I have never really had a mentor, but the last few months have been nice meeting with someone weekly to discuss life. I want to be that for someone as well, but I’m not sure where that person will come from.
- Counseling – I am a big proponent of counseling. I think just about everyone should get counseling at some point. I started counseling again last October and I am really enjoying it. The next step is to truly take what I am learning and make an effort to institute it into my daily life.
- Read more for fun – I used to read a lot and really enjoyed it. Now it seems I read for 10-15 minutes and then I get bored, fall asleep or move onto something else. I want to get back into reading for pleasure because when I do that I am in a better place.
- Increase my skills – Seeing as I am doing a lot of work in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) I want to get certified to teach TEFL. Doing that will allow me to be better at creating curriculum in general, but especially for TEFL projects.
- Communicate consistently, clearly and more often- That says it all, I wouldn’t be here without my ministry partners, so I need to do a better job at sharing about my work here and letting them know how much they mean to me.
- Love on them – I’ve got an amazing family and they deserve so much love. I could do more to remind them of how awesome they are!
- My adopted families – Over here I’ve got several families who have essentially adopted me in as a brother and an uncle. Again, I want to show them how awesome they are too!
That may look like a lot, but I’m ok with that. They are all things that will make me a better person and also show others how much they are loved by me and God.
What are your plans for this year? Do you do resolutions? If so, I would love to hear them.