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It’s New Year’s Eve. That time when you reflect on all that has happened the past year as you hopelessly attempt to find a place for all of the new things you’ve been gifted. And you might even contemplate your hopes and resolutions for the new year as you remember the mass quantities of cookies you consumed over the past week.
2017 has been a wonderful year for us. Troy and I both took on new responsibilities at work. We made it to a couple different concerts and even went on a couple mini vacations without the kids. We took the kids to the beach for the first time. My parents and sisters visited.
It was an especially eventful year for A. She had her first dance recital, played tee ball, and started Pre-K. T has grown so much in the past year. His curiosity never ends, which gets him in trouble when he does things like climb the pantry shelves or climb on top of his dresser during nap time (see the pattern?).
I wrote multiple short stories, entered a couple in a Facebook group’s contests, and have begun to narrow my genre and desired target audience. I started this blog. I submitted my first children’s story to a couple different traditional publishers (still waiting for good news). And, most importantly, I have strengthened my relationship with God, continually learning and growing in my faith.
Was 2017 perfect? Of course not! But all in all, it has been great. So what are my expectations for 2018? What are my resolutions? I plan to keep the momentum going. Let’s build on where we are and make things even better. I want to keep being me…a better version of me…a me-er me (yes, I’m making up words now).
How can I be more “me”?
Insert the typical resolutions. I want to eat healthier. Not all the time. I don’t do diets. I just want to make healthier choices most of the time. I’m not going to be the one giving up pizza or ice cream or carbs. I know the ramifications, and I’m at peace with this decision.
I plan to keep my commitment to exercising 3-5 times per week. This has been my status quo, but in the past few months, as life got busy, I let this slip a bit. And I felt it. It’s not about changing my physical appearance. I feel better emotionally and mentally when I work out. It’s a great stress reliever, even if it’s just 30 minutes over my lunch break.
And that brings me to the last piece of this resolution. I need to remember to take care of my mental and emotional health too. I need to do a better job of recognizing when I am stressed or mentally drained. Then I need to remove myself, at least temporarily, take some time to relax, regroup, or otherwise take care of me.
The more I write, the more I am certain it is something I am meant to do. That doesn’t mean I want to make it my full time job. I don’t aspire to be the next J. K. Rowling. I just want to write each day and complete any stories I dream up, even if they turn out to be terrible.
When I do have projects that I am proud of, I will attempt to have them published and shared with others. While it is not my goal to become famous or make money from my writing, I still feel it is important to share it with others in hopes that it may have a positive impact on even just a select few.
Finally, but most importantly, I want to continue growing my faith and building my relationship with God. I will start using a prayer journal (this is the one I bought) so I can be more intentional in giving thanks, asking for help, and declaring my desires. While I know that everything happens through Him, I still need to work on letting go of the control I like to have over my life.
I look forward to all that 2018 will have to offer as I continue my journey to discovering who I am meant to be. While there will certainly be downs with the ups, I trust that whatever God may place in my life, it will strengthen me. Best wishes as you strive to achieve your resolutions. May you have a blessed new year!