I like the idea of a [New Year’s Resolve]. I think the stigma attached to the term New Year’s Resolution suggests the difficulty of keeping them. For me, slightly altering the title changes the dynamic of the definition as well as the intention. Plus, have you looked up the word [resolve] in the dictionary lately?  It means to make a definite and serious decision to do something. A definite and serious decision, huh? Well, I am definitely serious about being more organized in three areas of my life.

1. Designate two specific times each week to enter my receipts into Quicken. As it is now, I only do it like once a month and it can be…disturbing.

2. Organize a very specific writing schedule. You probably do not know this, but I am writing a children’s chapter book as well as publishing this blog three times a week, and unfortunately my book has taken a back seat since last summer when we moved and I started TAOLB all in the same month. Like most writers, I miss my characters and am anxious for them to find the end of their story and start the editing and query processes.

3. Keep my closet better organized. This is something that really has to do with learning to hang up my clothes when done with them. It’s true. I am a 32 year old wife and mother who throws her clothes on the floor when I put on my pajamas at night. Usually, the thought of exerting any amount of additional energy at that time is too exhausting to even consider. But who am I kidding? How much energy does it actually take to hang up clothes? Uh…none.

I think writing down your goals is the first step in remembering them. Hang them in a place you will see, like on the side of the computer screen or on the bathroom mirror. Or both! Paperless? Set a daily reminder on your phone that lists the elements of your New Years Resolve.

After that, discover what changes need to occur to ensure success. For example: I need to give my closet a good clean out. Organizing the drawers and shoes will motivate me to want to keep it that way.

And finally, find a verse from Scripture to reinforce your cause.

If your goal is to be a better friend, try Proverbs 17:17

A friend loves at all times…

Let’s say you want to be more healthy. Read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

…or maybe you want to show more love to your children. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 explains exactly what love is:

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

God never  intends for us to do anything on our own. We are supposed to rely on Him for help and use Scripture to draw closer. Make a note of the Scripture you chose on the same paper your Resolve is written. I am a huge believer in two things when it comes to Faith in God. One is prayer. And two is Scripture. God always hears prayer. Scripture never lies. Those two elements are constant. Why not rely on them when making a change.

You will not find an expert at keeping a New Year’s Resolve in me, but hopefully by writing down our goals, making necessary changes and meditating on relevant Scripture, together, we can manage to keep these definite and serious decisions.

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-ciao for now-

lauren

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

 

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