Every year in December, 99% of the population commit to New Year’s resolutions (that’s what it seems like, at least). Cutting out soda, sleeping at least 8 hours every night, working out 5 times a week, eating more vegetables, saving more money, the list goes on and on. I think it’s great. Goals are intentional. Being intentional shows purpose, motivation, and dedication- it is such an admirable quality to have. Unfortunately, it seems like today’s society increasingly lacks intention. So much so, that statistics show only 8% of those who make New Year’s resolutions actually reach those goals…. What? We can do so much better than that!
Resolutions are absolutely wonderful. Personally, I think we should all have resolutions, and not only in January. Goals keeps our wheels turning and motivation flowing. I love writing down my goals. For me, it makes them that much more real and keeps me accountable. I find most of my favorite journals at Target (shocker!). I like finding pretty ones that are exciting to look at and fun to write in, which may sound silly, but it works! It keeps me motivated to stay consistent. Here are some of my top picks:
I decided to share my New Year’s resolutions as a method of accountability. I highly recommend you find that person who will keep you accountable to your goals, or share in the comments below. I’d love to hear what y’all have in store for 2017 :) Here are my personal resolutions for 2017:
Be intentional: As I said above, I think being intentional is seriously lacking in today’s world. It’s too easy to skate through life, taking it as it comes. I want to be intentional in all areas of my life- my relationships, my job, my hobbies, my goals, etc. My fiance, Blake, and I talk all the time about how we want to be intentional with our marriage. And not only our marriage, but everything we do in life.
Read the entire Bible every single day: This has been a goal of mine for awhile. To be honest, I’m really good about spending quiet time in the Word during the week, but the weekends are my struggle. During the weekdays, I have a routine, which allows me to read my Bible and spend time with God, every morning. When the weekend rolls around, there’s no routine. Instead, it’s usually a lazy morning at home that turns into rushing to the gym, so that we can be on time to our scheduled commitments. I’d love to spend part of my “lazy time” in the Word receiving my portion of Truth for the day. I just need to do it and not make excuses. Who can relate? ; )
Be open and transparent in my blogging: I am continually learning how to be open with y’all. I have been so positively impacted by other bloggers- their stories, struggles, and triumphs. Transparency and honesty can truly change lives. That’s the whole purpose behind Treasured Tablespoons. As I learn to live better physically, mentally, and spiritually, I want to help you do the same. We’re all in this together and learning from one another. I want to inspire you and be inspired by you. I’d love to connect & get to know you!
Limit time spent on social media: I automatically grab my phone and check Instagram without even realizing what I am doing- it’s horrible. When I’m not busy, it’s like a reflex to check my phone every 30 minutes (or sooner). I hate to admit that I’ve become so reliant on social media, but it’s the truth (in effort to work towards resolution #3, listed above). I love social media. I love connecting with y’all, seeing your photos and stories, and staying up-to-date with my family and friends that live in California. However, I think there is a time and place for social media, and it’s certainly not every second I have down time. My goal is to spend limited time on social media and spend more time in the Word, reading books, growing my relationships, and of course, in the kitchen creating more recipes.
Learn to endure and rejoice in all circumstance: One of the biggest challenges I face on the daily is enduring through difficult circumstances. No matter how badly I want to rejoice and be thankful for the blessings in the my life, when challenges arise (health problems, financial struggles, etc), I tend to focus on the burden in front of me, instead of turning to attention to my Savior, Healer, and Father. I want to conquer the spiritual battles in my mind by transforming my worries and struggles into stronger faith in Jesus Christ.
The New Year is a fresh, clean slate. So, let’s be intentional about our goals. Let’s better ourselves and live fuller lives. Who’s with me?