Change is hard for many of us. We tend to enjoy the routine of things, knowing exactly what is coming. Some change is good like a new car, a fresh coat of paint, or a new piece of furniture. Other changes bring stress into our lives like a move, job change, or a new medical diagnosis.
What about change that we bring on ourselves? Since it is the beginning of January, we tend to look over our previous year and desire to change come things in our lives, so we make some “New Year’s Resolutions.” It may be to exercise more. Eat less. Get up earlier so we can spend time in God’s Word.
I have struggled with making New Year’s Resolutions in the past because I end up not going through with them or I don’t make them at all because I struggle with keeping up with what I am already doing. How would I add anything else to my full schedule?
This year, I decided to make some changes and make them doable changes. Small easy goals that are easily attainable, and yet when I get to the end of 2019 I will feel as if I accomplished some good things in my year.
By putting these things out here in a public forum, it will help keep me more accountable. Maybe my small goals will help encourage you to start small.
Danna’s goals for 2019:
- Bible memory-I have been working on memorizing Psalm 145. I am not moving that fast on this, but I am memorizing Scripture which is a good thing to be meditating on. It may take me a week to memorize one verse, but for me this is better than the many previous years when I was not memorizing any verses.
- Journal-I used to journal, but haven’t for years. This helps me to contemplate what I read in Scripture and also direct my prayer time with the Lord.
- Thankful Journal-I was doing this pretty well too until I used my last journal and forgot to buy a new one. This helped me so much when I was doing it. I would start my day thanking the Lord for things from the previous day, and at night as I was going to sleep I found myself thanking the Lord for the things in my day. It was a wonderful way to start and end my day.
- Read 10 pages in a book every day. I love to read, but never seem to find the time to do it. I wanted to make this a manageable goal. 10 pages in a book that requires some thought takes me about 20 minutes. (I timed myself…I am a slow reader). By the end of the year, I will have read 3650 pages. Seems manageable at 10 pages a day.
- Cross stich 30 minutes a day. I have this beautiful cross stich I have been working on for Delaney. I have done one for each of my girls. Danielle got hers when she was 6. Denise got hers when she was 13. Delaney… I am still working on it. I have always thought in the past I needed to spend an hour a day on it or it was not worth it. I couldn’t seem to find an hour, but 30 minutes, that is more doable.
- Be more intentional with people either by calling them, sending a text, or meeting them for coffee. We all want to be more intentional, but if we don’t quantify it or put exactly what we will do, we won’t be intentional.
- Take Millie somewhere every day, preferably a new place. Millie is my Leader Dog Puppy. She struggles in new environments so the more new places I take her, the more she will be able to adapt to new surroundings and not be frightened.
We all can make goals in our lives. We all desire change in our lives. If the change or the goals are not doable, we set ourselves up for another year of failure. I have a limit on the amount of time I spend on Facebook. This helps me to spend more time reading or being intentional. It is so much better for me to hear about someone’s life from them in a personal way rather than read about it in the public forum of Facebook. Facebook certainly helps me stay connected and up to date with people, but I want to strive to be a better friend.
Hold me accountable if you see me. Maybe my small goals will encourage you to set some small goals and see by the end of the year what great things you have accomplished.