In Which Noelle Gives Her Resolutions

So a couple of posts ago, I mentioned that I had made a ridiculous amount of New Year’s resolutions.  Many people might say that this is a recipe for failure and frustration, and curling up mid-March to eat my despair out of a tub of Pistachio and Almond Blue Bell ice cream.  (That’s not specific because it’s–ya know–true or anything.  I just haven’t had my delicious Blue Bell in so long it hurts.  Darn you listeria!)

As I said before, I divided them up into four sections–Mind, Body, Soul, and Spirit.  There are seven resolutions in each for a grand total of 28.  Wow.  That’s a lot isn’t it?  Am I crazy for really believing that I can do this?  I hope not.  I am someone who needs lofty goals in order to push myself. I’ll never accomplish anything great if my goal is to be mediocre, right?  (not that having only one or two resolutions is mediocre of course).

I decided to list some of them out here for you, partially in an attempt to be braver and honest with others, and partially in the hopes that I will accomplish everything I’d like this year, rather than risk failing in the public eye and enduring the scorn of all both of you reading this blog (Hi Shelle!  I wonder who our other reader is? 🙂 )

I want to get better this year at reading and interacting with other bloggers.  A favorite that I’ve been reading off and on for 2 years is Kristina over at Eccentric Owl.  She has such a sweet spirit, we have a lot of common interests and similar personality types (well, according to me lol).  She is my friend in my head!

Anyway, she posted right before New Year’s Day what her resolutions were for 2016.  I read over them today and just had to laugh because quite a few of them are the same or similar to what I have as goals!  Is this because we are just so alike, or because most Americans have similar resolutions? (Be healthier, travel more, do something that makes you happy, etc.)  Probably a mixture of both.  Anyway, pop over and read her Ten Things she wants to do this year–you might find yourself inspired for this year.

But back to mine (again, not sharing all of them, but a select few):

Mind

  1. Eliminate “like” from my vocabulary as a filler word (as much as possible)
  2. Read 100  new books this year
  3. Learn a new word every day
  4. Write on a daily basis
  5. Practice piano regularly-scales, classics, learn new hymn each week

Body

  1. Exercise regularly (preferably daily)
  2. Finish couch to 5k program and maintain 5k running 3x a week for 3 months
  3. Take better care of hair-wash, co-wash, deep condition on a regular schedule
  4. Grow hair to bra strap length all over

Spirit

  1. Post at least 100 blog posts
  2. Finish writing book
  3. Finish at least one short story
  4. Go on date with at least three people
  5. Live more neatly
  6. Be a better, more communicative, and more thoughtful friend

Soul

  1. Have devotions on a daily basis
  2. Memorize Psalm 119
  3. Finish what you started
  4. Trust God with everything and love Him with abandon

So, you see, it’s nothing too out-of-reach! Just your normal, everyday incredible expectations that I’m setting for myself for the new year.  (I have left off some of the more….um…ambitious resolutions 😉 )

Would you help me? Hold me accountable? (All both of you who are probably reading this lol.) I don’t want to waste these single years as I feel I have done for the past few years. I want to spend this time that God has given me to myself, to better myself. And here’s where I’d like to start.

Let’s have fun during this year, together.

Hopefully,

Noelle