New Years’ Resolutions: What I’m Doing Instead


Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I usually don’t. Let me explain why . . .

You see, the problem with a lot of resolutions is that they aren’t truly attainable – because unlike goals, they aren’t specific or feasible, and don’t have a clear beginning and end date.

I mean, how many of us have made promises that look something like “I want to be a better mom/sister/friend/ etc.”? How about, “I want to have a cleaner house” or “I want to eat better” or “exercise more”?

Guilty as charged. So this year, instead of beating myself up over failure to meet my “resolutions,” or not making any at all, I’ve decided to make a few (hopefully) measurable goals and share them with you below.

1.) Start a jar for prayers and a jar for blessings. I like the idea of writing each on scraps of paper and putting in a mason jar for review at the end of the year.

2.) Prepare for emergencies. I don’t necessarily want to become a full fledged “prepper,” but as our daughter gets older I’m really seeing a need for plans of action in case of an emergency. We already have a couple of first aid kits, and I’d like to add some more homeopathic aids to them and make sure they stay updated. Oh and make sure we know where they are, of course!

3.) Grow a garden. We haven’t had one yet, so anything we’re able to harvest will help us save money on our grocery bill. (I’m thinking small on this one – if anyone’s has a list of veggies/herbs that are easy to grow, please comment below with suggestions.)

4.) Be more “green” by using less paper/disposables such as napkins, paper towels, and disposable dishes. To be more specific here, I have one (large) package of paper towels and I’m going to try to make it the rest of the year without buying any, if that’s possible. I’d also like to start hanging clothes to dry when possible to save on energy costs.

5.) Be more organized so I have time to do the things I love to do. I want to start a household manual that keeps all of our important information in one place. I’m tired of little scraps of paper everywhere and forgetting deadlines.

Oh, and about the blog – I want to at least update once a month. Though I’d love for it to be more, I have other duties that must come first . . . You know, like caring for my family, playing with my daughter, making meals from scratch, and helping run a coffee business.

Now, I do have a personal resolutions list that I hope to focus on daily, but they will not be something specific to a certain year and they will be things that I want to allow God to accomplish in me rather than worrying about doing them on my own. At least I will try! Top of that list is to stop worrying, so we shall see . . . ;)

Anyway, how about you? Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? If not, why not, and have you made any specific goals for the year? Please share in the comments below or start a conversation on my facebook page. I love hearing from you!

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