It is officially 2014, so a Happy New Year to you, even if it is belated!
I am not usually big on resolutions–I typically don’t even make any at all. But this year I decided on a short list of what I consider to be good and definitely doable resolutions or goals that I want to accomplish in 2014…
1. Move back to my home state
This is a bigger one, which will obviously require some funds and it will be fairly time consuming since I am currently living almost 2,000 miles away from where I want to be. But it is something that is very important to me, and I have been working towards it all this past year, so I am hoping to find myself there within the next 6-8 months.
2. Get the 2 tattoos that I have been wanting for almost a year
I am very excited about this one! I have 3 tattoos already, and I have been hoping to get 2 more. For the curious, my first is on the back of my neck, and it is the word “Promise,” which I got in my freshman year of college with old friends. My second is a blue elephant on my right foot, which is in memory of my grandfather, who was born in Africa and collected elephant memorabilia throughout his life. And my third is the international hand symbol for “I Love You” in sign language, which I got with a friend of mine from high school who is a sign language interpreter.
Now, for the two new ones that I am wanting to get…I always have some meaning behind my tattoos, but these two are probably the most meaningful to me. I have been through some of the most trying and emotional experiences in my life to date over the last year. And these two tattoos are inspired by those times. The first is a tattoo of the roman numerals for the number 22, which is in memory of my dear friend Carol who passed away in February 2013. The second will be a tattoo of a lotus flower as a reminder of my own strength, and the fact that I survived the events of this past year. To me, the lotus flower reminds me of the Lamentations 3:19-23. I’ve referenced this in a past blog post (Biblical Lotus).
3. Get back into the habit of starting every morning off right with a little yoga!
Because there’s just no better way to wake up!
4. Spend at least an hour a day in prayer
I don’t spend nearly as often as I should in prayer for others. And sometimes that’s all I need to really feel like everything is in balance.
5. Drink at least 2 glasses of water every day!
Because I sadly don’t usually drink any..Terrible, I know.
6. Read more books!
I am a major bookworm, so I naturally have a bad habit to begin with of buying 5 books to every 1 that I read. But I haven’t spent as much time reading this last year as I normally do, and I’d like to get back in the groove.
7. Get rid of negative influences and people
I have done quite a bit of that this past year anyways, with all of the changes that I have gone through. But there are still some that surround me that do nothing but harm, so it’s time to let them go. I can pray for them, but I can also stop letting them wreak havoc with me.
8. Be open to trying new things with a positive attitude
I mean, really…shouldn’t we all do this?
Happy New Year!
Do you make resolutions or set goals for yourself each year, or have you decided to try for the first time like me?
What kinds of things are on your list?