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Another year, another list of things I promise to do but know I won’t

It’s January!! That means it’s time to bust out our list of resolutions from the past 10 years, dust them off and pinky promise that this year we will really, truly follow through. For real this time.another year (insert eye roll and sarcastic comment here)

According to one source, the 5 most popular resolutions are:

  • eat better
  • exercise more
  • spend less money
  • self care (ie: getting more sleep)
  • read more books

Interestingly enough, 4 of the 5 are also on the list of most commonly broken resolutions.

Hmmmm….

I know that I, for one, have been guilty of making (and breaking) all five of these resolutions at one point or another. And then, of course, the next year I pinky promise that this year I really truly will not fail. And then, I do.

But I think I’ve figured it out, at least for me. Everyone one of those resolutions is entirely too vague. What exactly does it mean to eat better? Skip dessert once a week or completely stop eating anything that is considered “not healthy”? How about exercising more? Since I pretty much never exercise anyway, if I get in a good walk once a month, does that count?

It’s hard to determine success if you don’t have a way to measure it. So here’s my plan:

  • Focus on drinking at least 64 oz of water every day.
  • Take my Plexus products regularly.
  • Choose meat and veggies over pasta and potatoes whenever possible
  • Write out a budget and stick to it (shh… don’t tell my husband)
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep at least 4 times a week.
  • Complete 50 books

Now, I can’t guarantee that I’ll totally follow through. (Thankful for grace!) But, at least I’ll have a better idea of what success looks like.

So, do you make resolutions? I’d love to hear them!

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get in focus

I am the queen of failed New Year’s resolutions. Seriously. I’m pretty sure that I’m the inspiration behind the joke that my resolution for the new year is to make no resolutions. 😉  Every year I would make the same resolutions. And every year they would be out the window within a week. It’s not that I don’t have drive or dedication. The problem is that I’m a perfectionist. So the second that I bobbled on perfection of completing my resolution, I was done. Forget it. No need to continue. I was a failure, yet again.

So then I started making “goals”. You know. I will read more and I will study more and I will exercise more. That didn’t work either. Nothing like being totally vague to get the motivation going. Said no one ever.

Finally, a couple of years ago, I came across the idea of a “word for the year.” I honestly have no idea where I heard it or saw it. It turns out that there’s a book and a movement… who knew!? For me, it’s perfect.

One word. Just one word.

The first time or two, I’m sure I was still pretty generic. I must have chosen words like “joy” or “faith”. I surely don’t remember what I chose. But last year, I really prayed about it and focused. I came up with the word “trust”. Trust. Trust God. Trust the process. Trust myself. Trust the people that care about me. Little did I know how many opportunities I would have to practice trusting! Especially when I suddenly found myself immobile for almost 4 months!

So this year, I’ve chosen the word “focus“. get-in-focus

According to dictionary.com, focus means:

1. a central point, as of attraction, attention, or activity:
2. Physics. a point at which rays of light, heat, or other radiation meet after being refracted or reflected.
3.  Optics – the clear and sharply defined condition of an image.

So, what does that look like in a person’s life? Truthfully, I tend to be a little ADD. It’s easy for me to have 3 or 4 different things going on at one time. And then I rarely finish any of them, unless someone else is holding me accountable. So this year, for me, my goal is to be focused on whatever the “task” is in front of me.

I want to focus clearly on Jesus. On what He is showing me, and where He is leading me. I want to focus on our homeschool. Determine what we are doing well, and where we need to grow, and then focus on getting it done. I want to focus on my business. Spend dedicated time strictly to growing and developing my business, my team and myself. And finally, focus on my family. Be present when I am with them. Pay attention to the little things. Listen. Really listen when my kids are talking to me. Not allowing myself to get distracted by my phone, or my book, or my thoughts. (when I can help it.)

And the beauty of having one word, is that it’s vague enough for my perfectionism to not panic, but specific enough that I have something I can really hold on to.

So, I ask you. What’s your “one word”? The one thing that you really feel God calling you to hone in on this year? If you don’t know yet, there’s no deadline. Think about it. Pray about it. The Bible app has a couple of good, short studies designed to help you get your focus (see what I did there!?). And then share with me what your one word it. I’d love to celebrate with you. Maybe we can keep each other accountable? Deal?

Until next time!

T