New Year’s Resolutions (without a spreadsheet)

I typically don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. I used to. I’d make goals and spreadsheets breaking huge goals into manageable daily, weekly, monthly achievements. For example, I once remembered having categories – marriage, children, spiritual life, health, home management, friendships, etc. For each category, I’d write a weekly, monthly and yearly goal. It looked impressive and just filling out the spreadsheet gave me a huge sense of accomplishment.

Somewhere about a decade ago, I quit doing this. I got too busy living life to plan each moment of it. Once my twins were born, I lost the privilege of sitting down to “think” until… about now. I had four children under four and then five under seven and then six when my oldest was twelve. The goal-setting spreadsheets just haven’t happened. But life has.

And now that my oldest is making a New Year’s brunch for us and my youngest is “helping” her, I’m sitting at my computer and “thinking” about my goals for this year. Now I approach the goal setting differently. Instead of spreadsheets, I prefer to just think, “What has been a good thing this past year?  What do I not regret?” I don’t like to think of approaching this negatively. Don’t ask me to change!

1.  I’ve never regretted spending time in God’s word. I want more of that, so I intend to read through the entire Bible. That is something I’ve never done in a year.  My prayer is that not only would I be a hearer of the word, but a doer of it as well. While I was unable to attend church last Sunday because of inclement weather, I listened to our pastor’s podcast, In Pursuit of a Happy New Year, as I made my way through yesterday’s mountain of laundry. If you need some encouragement to stay in the word in 2011, I encourage you to listen to it too!

Lord, as I seek you, may you direct my path!

2. I’ve never regretted spending time with my husband and children.  I think this year needs to bring more of that. More games. More books. More family time. I think even some trips to Carowinds would be nice:) I have built-in babysitters now. I plan to take advantage of that and actually date my hubby once in a while.

3. I’ve never regretted exercising or eating healthily. Bethany is my new workout buddy and she is awesome. I don’t need to break this goal down any further.  She keeps me accountable enough! Now that our Chick-fil-A coupons are gone, maybe the eating healthy part will be a little easier too!

4. I’ve never regretted cultivating relationships with my girlfriends. This one gets tough at times because I’m busy and so are they. However, I feel it’s important to be intentional with friendships.  Women do need one another! A couple of retreats are on my calendar. Can’t wait! And some moms nights out definitely need to happen.

There are lots of thinks I’d like to do. My pictures are a mess and I’d like to see them in better order. The attic needs some organization. I’d love to try new recipes and read more books. Might I ever gain victory over the laundry pile that seems to live on my bedroom floor? Maybe. But that and those other things probably would require filling out some kind of spreadsheet to make them happen. I don’t have time for that because our pancakes are now ready and Bethany wants to exercise! I think my fifteen minutes of goal setting are over!

Happy 2011 friends! What do you hope to accomplish this year?

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7 Responses to “New Year’s Resolutions (without a spreadsheet)”

  1. Catherine Mikkola Says:

    Hey Tina! I love your non-spreadsheet resolution! 🙂 Wow – I can’t imagine ever being THAT organized to have spreadsheets of goals. I saw one of those personality tests a few weeks ago, where you were categorized as different animals based on your answers to the questions. A “Beaver” is a doer and accomplisher. You must be at least part “Beaver”. 🙂 Well, I came out as the “Golden Retriever”, which as you can just imagine, explains why trying to plan very far ahead and get organized just boggles my mind! LOL

    Anyway, here’s my simple, but totally impossible resolution for this year. I hope to remember to strive to Love the Lord my God with all my heart, all my soul and all my mind and to love my neighbor as myself. The words look so easy — yet the implementation is so totally beyond me. But, it’s what’s been on my heart.

    Happy New Year to the Jobe family!!!
    Love,
    -Catherine

  2. Tina Says:

    Ya know, Catherine, Back when I did such elaborate planning on paper, I had a bit of “analysis paralysis.” I had it all “down” but “making it happen” was something altogether different. The Lord gave me more than I could handle so I could learn to let Him handle it for me. I’m still learning that one. Your goal is mine too! I want to know the Lord better and love and serve Him more! Happy New Year, friend!

  3. Tina Says:

    Oh, and I’ve done that personality test. The funny thing is I was a beaver… with a good bit of golden retriever. I think as I’ve gotten older, the golden retriever has become a little more dominant!

  4. Cindy Says:

    I’m pretty sure the answer to the laundry question is no. I just can’t imagine life without a laundry pile.

  5. Kim Says:

    Tina, this is funny because it is the same exact way I’ve decided to approach the whole “resolutions” thing too. Such great thoughts! And I’m glad you found my blog. If you read the entry called “Little chances at sacrifice”, it may even bring back the days of having twin babies. 🙂

  6. Angela W Says:

    I’ve made a very few resolutions in the past few years. I used to make them, and like everyone else, fail at keeping them all the way. However, I see each new day as an opportunity to live fresh and new because God’s mercy is new every single day! My ope is to remember to show that to others as I live and hold on for the ride that the Lord takes us on!

    I can not imagine a spreadsheet for much of anything. I must be all Golden Retriever!

  7. Tina Says:

    Angela, I love your perspective! Yes, his mercies are new every morning!

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