It’s 2014 Already

Wow. It’s already a new year. 2013 happened so fast, it seems. In the last week, I’ve pondered over goals, and resolutions, and themes for the year, and a word for the year, and here’s what I’ve come up with: I hate those things. Not because they are inherently bad, they are quite the opposite actually, but because I have this inherent ability to let them slip. To just sort of fade into the February oblivion.

But I’ve decided to try anyway. So here’s my New Year, New You! (said with all the sarcasm that stupid phrase evokes) list of things I’d like to accomplish for 2014, God willing.

1. Blog more. Like once a week or so. Or at least once a month. Last year, I posted 31 new posts, up from 25 in 2012, but still down from a high in 2011 of 90. I feel like once a week might actually be doable. I don’t know. We’ll see. I mean, it’s already Saturday of the first week of 2014 so I’m really pushing it already.

In trying to decide how to accomplish this, I started brainstorming ideas and coming up with all these catchy little blog topics I could cover, like Mommy Mondays, or Toddler Tuesdays or Feel Good Friday, but I decided that as cute as those little organized ideas are, it’s really diverging from the heart of this blog, which is complete and utter randomness from the depths of my brain.

So I’ve decided I want to blog more and continue to cover such topics as Love: my kids and family and relationships and faith; Life: Parenting, motherhood, health, wellness; and Chocolate: the random stuff that doesn’t fit into any other category. I really want to give my kids more space on here, too. It’s such a precious time in their lives and I want to be able to look back and remember. And I really want to discuss the challenges and struggles we are facing as a family, along with the joys and triumphs of life.

2. I want to take off this last 20 – 25 pounds. And I really want people to understand that I lost 80 pounds out of sheer determination. I changed my diet (went vegan) and added exercise to my life. Things that actually work. I would really love it if people would stop questioning me and acting like they don’t believe me when I tell them how I did it. No, I didn’t do Medifast. No, I didn’t do Weight Watchers. And for the love of all that is good and holy, No, I did not have weight loss surgery!!

Now, don’t get me wrong, all those things are not bad, I’m not condemning anyone for using those methods of weight loss. But for goodness sake, if you’re gonna be bold enough to ask me what I did and drill me into describing exactly what and how I eat and feed my family, then please be willing to accept the answer I give you as truth. Don’t look at me like you don’t believe me. That just makes me mad because at the heart of it, it’s rude and condescending. You may think I’m crazy, and that’s fine. But it works, and you asked.

One day back in October of 2012, I decided I was done being fat. Done feeling sick. Done feeling tired. So I made up my mind, changed my diet, read a lot, researched a lot, prayed a lot, cooked a lot, exercised a lot, and it changed my life. The end.

3. Now this one is bold for me, but I’d like to really look into becoming a certified personal trainer. I have no idea exactly what’s involved, but I think it would be challenging and I love a good challenge. It’s something I would mainly do for myself, not necessarily to actually have clients and become a personal trainer to others, just really more of a personal goal.

4. Unplug. Man, that phone of mine takes up so much head space between the Facebook and the games and the emails, and the texts, and, and, and. I know I’m not alone in this desire. I’ve started by instituting a No Phone policy at the dinner table, and that goes for me and my husband.  I just need to get my face outta my phone and talk with my kids more. They’re pretty funny characters these days and sometimes I feel like I’m missing it. I need to take advantage of the time I have with them now, because I may not always have this luxury.

5. Spend time with friends. Deepen relationships and develop new ones.

6. Finally, and most importantly, study the Word. Delve into His presence. Worship and really connect with Jesus. Remember that He is my lifeblood. My sustainer. My provider. Without Him, I am nothing. (John 15:5)

And that about covers it, I think.

So happy new year, friends!

What are some of your goals or resolutions or words or themes for the year and how do you hope to accomplish them? I’d love to hear what others are planning for the new year.

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