High Hopes.

Happy New Year 2015. New year. New resolutions. New hope.

What is it about the New Year that seems to fill us with so much hope? January 1st holds so much promise for the next 365 days. I think I can do anything on January 1st. I dare to dream of fulfilling all the resolutions I’ve made for the year. I hold so much hope that this will be the year I do ____________. Every. Single. Year.

This year is no different. I did actually take a moment on New Year’s Eve and write down some resolutions and goals for 2015. I think the studies are on point when they say that you’re more likely to accomplish goals when you write them down. (For the record, I have no idea who “they” are that do these “studies” but I’m naïve and believe they’re legit). I wish I could say I have a special place where I keep my past year’s resolutions, but that would be a lie. I don’t know where they are. Probably in 3 different journals that have the first 10 pages filled in and the rest are blank. This year I wrote them in the journal Kyle gave me. And one of my goals for this year is to fill that journal to the very last page. There’s that hope again, rising up in me. (Don’t worry; this is not the prelude to break into a worship song. Feel free if you feel led on your side of the computer though).

So here are a few of my resolutions for 2015:resolutions

  1. Floss more than I did in 2014. So basically, if I floss more than 20 times I’ll probably be flossing more than I did last year. I can do that, right?
  2. Read at least 12 books this year. A book a month. That’s doable. It may require me to turn off the TV though…or at the very least, mute the TV. I just ordered 4 books on Amazon so I think I’ve got a good start.
  3. Exercise at least 3 times a week. It’s always on the list. Every year I drink the “workout resolution” Kool-Aid. Can’t help it. For some people, 3 times a week seems like a lot. For others, ya’ll think I’m a sissy. It’s the consistency that will prove difficult for me. Consistency is the goal.
  4. Try 2 new things/adventures with my family. I’m not sure what this looks like so I’m open to suggestions. If you’ve done anything super fun with your family, please leave me a note in the Comments section letting me know what you did. Preferably something outdoorsy since we tend to be “indoor” people.

Now that I’ve let you in on a few of my resolutions, let me tell you what I won’t be doing this year. These are some of my “Unresolutions”:

  1. I will NOT get more organized. This year I’ve decided to embrace my unorganized tendencies. To me, being a naturally organized person is a gift. It’s not mine. I will more than likely need someone (cough, cough, Kat) to help me organize something this year. Instead of feeling ashamed that I’m not gifted at something, why not ask for help from someone who is? #winning
  2. I will NOT lose 25 lbs. I’m trying to reverse psychology myself. Just go with it.
  3. I will NOT wake up super early to spend time with Jesus everyday. Oh, how I wish this wasn’t true. I wish I had it in me to wake up at 5:30 every morning to read the Word of God. To have rich time with God for an hour before the crazies get up. It may happen some in 2015, but I can promise you it won’t be happening every day. I will try to spend time with the Lord daily because I need it, but it may not look the same every day. What if I just resolve to do my best and accept grace for the rest? (It dawns on me that that’s a rhyme. Ugh. I’m one of those rhymy people now).
  4. I will stand firm in NOT putting seasonal/any decorations on my car. No antlers, elf ears, Rudolph noses, eyelashes, mustaches, and definitely no body parts hanging from the back. That last one, they should be ashamed of themselves (#gross). I don’t understand this practice and refuse to partake in it even if it is something of a phenomenon in suburbia.

So there it is, friends. The resolutions and the unresolutions. Please share in the Comments section what goals you’ve set for 2015. I’d love to hear from you!



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