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Why I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New year! It’s that time of year when everything starts over. People start fresh. They resolve themselves to do better this year than they did last year… or at least try to. They make changes. They give up bad habits and start better ones. They make concrete resolutions. And if you’re anything like me… You never make any!
But before I get into that, I first need to apologize for not following through on a few posts that I promised for December. It turned out to be a very unexpected month. Not necessarily in a bad way, but in a very busy way. And for that reason, I was unable to keep up with all of my obligations. But with a new month (especially January) comes a fresh start! 😉

So back to New Year’s resolutions… I never make them because I always forget there is such a thing. 😂 I know, weird. But then around January 2nd or 3rd people start talking about all the resolutions they made and whether or not they will keep them. That’s about when I say, “Oh, I always forget about that. I probably won’t stick with it, so why bother? I can’t think of anything to resolve myself to anyway.”

Then my mind starts turning. At least it is this year. I’ve been reading a lot of bloggers who talk about having a “word” for the year. I can’t imagine wrapping my entire year into one word. How do you do that? That won’t work.

Then there’s the usual lose X number of pounds, exercise every day, etc… Nope!

I think too often, people fail at their resolutions because they make these huge lofty goals that are just not reasonable. I know, everybody tells you that you need specific goals with measurable results and a set date to accomplish them, blah, blah, blah. Well that never seems to work for me. So the more I thought about it, the more I didn’t want to make a goal for a specific outcome. But more of a goal for progress… That I can do! 😉

So here are my goals for making progress in 2017:

  • In terms of my home making, 2016 was a year of huge growth for me. In fact, it was probably the most growth I’ve ever had. Something about having a baby and becoming a mother made me see my calling in a whole different light.

However, I still have a long way to go. There are some things that I need to work on still and some things I want to accomplish.

These days, with a baby, it’s been hard to maintain a routine for very long. I do good for a few weeks, then his schedule changes or something happens at church (like a revival or missions conference) and throws it off. Getting back into that routine is even harder. But I want to keep trying. I want to make progress in making sure things get done that need to throughout the day (like laundry and cleaning the kitchen every night), despite those challenges. I want to make progress in my decluttering and organizing to make my home more of a comfortable haven for my family. After all… isn’t that what “home-making” is all about?

  • We are right in the middle of cold and flu season, and I’ve already been sick 3 times at least. With that comes a lot of discomfort for which I DO NOT want to take drugs (OTC or prescription). What alternatives are there? I know they exist, but I don’t know how to use them. Especially for when my baby is sick. Nobody wants to see their child feeling sick or uncomfortable, but even more, I don’t want to put potentially harmful, band-aid cures into his little system. I want to save up for and take an herbalism course so I can learn to treat my family naturally and safely when illness and injury occur. So I guess while there is a specific goal in the mix, my big-picture goal is progress toward a more natural home environment.
  • And lastly, I want to make progress in my blogging. 😊 I want to be more faithful and more organized. And my long-term big dream: I want to create a different blog with a more specific focus and purpose (but that’s all the sneak preview you get for now 😉).

What about you? What goals are you making for the year? Let me know in the comments!

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