I’ve never been great at following through with new year’s resolutions. They always seemed so cliche to me. “Oh, I’ll work out more in 2019!” “I’ll eat less chocolate!” “Drink less coffee!” Let’s be real. The “new year new me” resolutions don’t usually work out like we plan. So I’m not setting resolutions for 2019. I’m making goals.
Why? Well here’s the thing, resolutions, as defined by the first page that popped up on the Internet, are “firm decisions to do, or not to do something.” If there’s one thing I know about myself, it’s that I’m not good at making firm decisions. However, I am pretty good at setting goals. Goals have a little more wiggle room, and honestly sound so much more appealing. A goal is an “object of a person’s ambition or effort, the desired result.” Doesn’t that just sound so much nicer?
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not setting goals as a way of taking the easy way out. It’s not because I’m lazy or don’t plan on following through. It’s just that goals allow for change. They’re fluid and ever-changing, just like life. Life is not rigid, life is not firm, life doesn’t always allow for a specific amount of trips to the gym or zero cups of coffee for the year. Sometimes a dinner date takes precedence over the workout, sometimes finals week demands espresso. Life changes, and so do we. So instead of beating myself up when it does, in 2019 I’m choosing to have grace.
With myself. With the world around me. With my savior. My word for 2019 is grace. So what does that mean? It means to have forgiveness. To take my time. To accept what I cannot change, and trust in His divine plan for my life story. It means reaching out to others, accepting their flaws, and loving them anyway.
So here are my goals for 2019...
I don’t want to sound cocky or anything, but in first grade, when everyone else was in like level B or C reading level, I was level H.
I always loved to read. Growing up I’d speed read through books, literally reading from cover to cover in one day. When I found a good story I’d cozy up in my bed and read from sunrise to sunset. I’ve always loved the feeling of getting wrapped up in a good book, forgetting the outside world and becoming the characters within the story. It’s therapeutic. But somewhere along the path of this crazy life of mine I stopped getting lost in books. I read my twitter feed in the morning and a few news stories everyday, but that was about it. So in 2019 I want to get back to reading. I think it may be part of what I’m missing in my life today. I have a stack of books I received as Christmas gifts ready to read. But I’d love all your recommendations too! What’s your favorite book?
Two summers ago I went on my first mission trip to Matagalpa, Nicaragua. And it was there that I realized I didn’t want to stay in my box. I realized there was so much to be explored in this world, so much to be done outside of what I was already doing. I never used to be good at trying new things. Change frightened me. But I’ve been learning to embrace it recently. I’ve been learning to love the journey.
So in 2019 I want to explore. I want to try new things. I want to go places, near or far, and do things, different things, because I have the chance to. He has given me this beautiful life for a reason.
3.) Say Yes
I’ve never been good at saying no. And I’ve been told on many occasions this is a flaw of mine. That it can get me in trouble. It can get me used. It causes me to overlook myself. And over the last year I’ve really gotten better at saying no. I’ve focused hard on making time for myself, my friends, my family, my relationship with Christ, and my overall well-being. I’m still learning, but I’ve gotten so much better at saying no.
So in 2019 I want to get better at saying yes. I want to get better at saying yes to Him. You always hear that you should listen when He calls you. But I don’t want to just listen. That isn’t enough. I want to listen, I want hear what He is calling me to do, and I want to start saying yes.
Alrighty guys that’s all I’ve got for today! I hope you have the most wonderful New Year! What are your goals for 2019? I’d love to hear them!
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