Friday, January 13, 2012

I Will... in 2012

I don't like making new year's resolutions. But, I think the new year is as good a time as any to take some time to pause for a moment... reviewing the previous year's ups and downs, and then to re-prioritize and commit to things you can do to improve your life in the coming year.
  • I will do my daily journaling devotional - so far this has been very good for me. The devotional I have is very short per day, but it allows me to reflect on it and then journal about it. It's an easy step to get myself back into reading and writing more.
  • I will express more gratitude - to God, others, and myself.
  • I will develop a healthy sleep schedule - getting up and going to bed closer to the same times (and more reasonable) daily.
  • I will write more frequently - for my blog, my journal, and my other writing endeavors.
  • I will incorporate exercise into my daily routine, even if it's only stretching.
  • I will maintain a healthy diet and cook more frequently - including trying new recipes.
  • I will celebrate (rather than discount) the goals I reach and achievements I make, regardless of how "large or small" they are.
  • I will continue to seek out the best treatment possible to help me manage my chronic pain.
  • I will schedule a digital sabbatical (even if only for an hour or two at a time).
  • I will use my "Something for Jesus to Do" (SFJTD) box to write out things that I need to turn over to God - once I write it out and place it into the box, it is out of my hands (just as I must let go of the worry to God, the piece of paper is to be completely released... I throw them away or burn them, as the box fills... without re-reading what I'd written).
  • I will continue to find ways of being kinder to myself... learning coping strategies, treating myself with the same kindness I treat others, avoiding toxic relationships and disrespectful people, accepting that some days will be better than others (but keeping faith that the good days will come).
  • I will apologize less for things that are out of my control - I'm really bad about this, especially with my husband.
But, most of all... I will continue to seek God with all of my heart (Jeremiah 29:11-13).

Kari Bailey at Patient Endurance poses these questions, as one pauses to consider life changes and priorities:
“What do you want your life to stand for this year? What purpose do you want to fulfill? What is most important in your life right now? Who and what are you going to give the majority of your time to this year? What is your vision for your immediate future? What are you hoping and dreaming God will do for you and your family this year? What do you want changed in your life? Where do you want to be this time next year?"
I love these questions, but they definitely call for more thought and attention than I have to give right now. I'm going to write them down, respond to each question, and then honestly assess my answers.


1 comment:

  1. This is a wonderful list Jamie. I especially love that it includes elements of good self-care. That is so important!

    Blessings on you for the coming year!


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