new year, new ways. i’m determined. i’m not really much of an analytical thinker but i really wanted to do new years resolutions right this year…i’m often guilty of setting unrealistic goals and because of my “all or nothing” mentality end up telling myself that i’ve fallen off the bandwagon and am now perma-stuck in my old unhealthy habits. rant. anyways, i’ve really thought about what i want to change this year, after all, i’ll be out of college in the next year, year and a half and it’s really time that i start acting like the adult that the world’s going to eventually force me to be.
so, while i’m almost matronly responsible in many areas of my life, here are some in which i’d like 2k11 to bring change:
i’m not going to do these super strict “you can’t eat sugar EVER” or “NO CARBS, THEY’LL KILL YOUR WAISTLINE” kinds of things because a) i like sugar too much and b) my waistline is already shot…i’ve decided to go about a very moderate (and attainable) plan of limiting portions, cutting out soft drinks, and cutting out late night/fast food eating. (while still allowing myself a cheat day…moderate) and scheduling a time each day (mon-thurs right now) that i have to exercise. i know each day won’t be perfect and learning healthy habits is certainly a process, but it’s
past time to make those changes.
i have the worst sleep schedule ever. part of that just comes with being a college student, but that’s become more of a justification than a reason for me at this point so i’ve decided to make some changes. i still want to get my 7-8 hours of sleep at night, but rather than my current schedule of sleeping from around 2-3 until 10-11ish, i’ve decided to move that to a 12-1 until 8-9ish. my classes start every day this semester at 11 am, so i’ve decided to get up at 8:30-9 and shower, eat breakfast, have my quiet time, and be able to get ready for the day in a not-so-rushed fashion.
3. quiet times
years of experience tell me that i’m super incapable apart from jesus yet still i find myself arrogantly trying to go things alone. this year i’m really going to make an effort to have a scheduled time with the lord of my life each morning and each evening. clearly, i want my entire day (and entire life) to be a constant walk with jesus, but i need scheduled time in the bible and in my journal each morning and night. period.
procrastination is pretty wide-spread in my life…it applies not just to schoolwork but bills, phone calls, responding to emails, spending time with jesus, etc. i’m SUCH a procrastinator and i think setting intense rules here would not be helpful for me but i am going to have a scheduled time each day to take care of those necessary things that i find myself putting off..specifically school work. wish me luck here, this (next to exercise and eating habits) will probably be the most difficult long-time habit of mine to change.
5. spending my time productively and (mostly) selflessly
not sure exactly how this one is going to look yet, but i’d love to volunteer somewhere in tuscaloosa once or twice a week. i’ll keep you posted once i have more of an idea as to where that’s going…
6. be more passionate about where jesus has me currently
i’m a very futuristic thinker and i love to get excited about all the opportunities that the future holds. i’d really love to be as excited about the present (tuscaloosa, college…) as i am about the future. really i’m just asking for christ to help me have a thankful, humble spirit. obviously, i’m going to mess up, but each day i’ll remind myself of how much of a blessing it is to be where i am and to have the privilege of going to school and being in a city with so many great friends! god is good…
there are many other things in my life which need change but these are the main ones i’m focusing on right now! there is such grace in recognizing the need for growth and i know that god is supporting me 100% of the way!
hope that everyone is having a great start to 2k11! i know it’s going to be a GREAT year!