How is your year starting off?
Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions?
What are you planning to focus on as you begin the journey that is this year?
My year is starting pretty well.
The weather outside is frightful, which I find quite delightful¹.
It’s been gloriously quiet, which means, among other things, I’m relatively sane at the moment.
I have one job in progress, one proposal being considered, and one proposal to write, so that’s a hopeful way to start a new year!
And, I STILL got to take two long holiday weekends in a row!!!!
And in that lovely couple of near-retreats, I have definitely made resolutions!
1. Strength before steps.
I LOVE my Fitbit!!! Probably to unhealthy levels.
And Fitbit has made a HUGE difference in my life. I went from walking no where near 3 miles a day to regularly walking more than 6.
But that takes time. A good deal of time. And since time doesn’t stretch, that requires cuts SOMEWHERE. Like strength training. And Yoga. Ballet. Pilates.
So, this year, I’m re-seeking balance.
Oh, I’ll keep racking up steps, just not QUITE so many. Instead, I want to rack up some muscle cells. And stronger bones and joints. And make sure all that new infrastructure is nice and flexible!
2. Set the tablet on my yoga mat each night.
My house lacks programmable thermostats. So, each morning I jump out of bed, turn on the heat, scurry back to bed, and start the morning, with tablet in hand, while the house approaches a liveable temperature.
Once my BibleGateway and Evernote facilitated devotions are done, I can easily check email. Then FB. Then the BBC news!
And I can easily find that an hour has disappeared from my life.
During a busy stretch of work, I started leaving the tablet out in the main room at night. It made my mornings much more intentional! That is a practice worth building upon.
3. Move from pleas to praise.
For the last couple years I’ve been learning about the value of praise in life circumstances.
Re-learning, I should say. It’s embarrassing to admit, but I had a good grasp on this once, then just completely lost the plot.
Since the LifeWreck, alas, a huge amount of my time and energy has gone into pleas: Help me! Rescue me! Heal me!! PLEASE…
Important stuff, yes. And fully Biblical.
But now I feel it’s time to … expand? solidify? a practice of PRAISE in my life. Doesn’t mean I’ll stop praying, doesn’t even mean I’ll stop pleading, I’m sure! But it’s time to expand my horizons.
4. Nix the negative weasel words!
I’m big on truth. And I’m VERY literal.
This isn’t always bad, but it isn’t always ideal either: if I don’t have a 100% guarantee that a future event is set-in-stone certain, I’m not comfortable accepting it. You’ll be noticing the potential problem here.
Right now I am living in a truly great situation, but absolutely none of it includes a clear, certain, path for the next year, let alone the next five, or ten.
So I feel obligated to temper EVERY positive statement. Every statement about the future.
Well, I don’t know how long I’ll be able to stay in my current house … Who knows if I’ll be able to keep working for myself … Or earn enough to survive…
These statements hold truth, but not all of it. And they aren’t particularly helpful. They don’t drag me QUITE back to expecting the worst, but they don’t exactly fuel me for the fight, either! I’m at no risk of forgetting that my current life is uncertain, so there is no need to inject that into my every conversation!
So, this year, negative weasel words are OUT!
5. Live even more according to my values
There are reasons I wanted to be able to work for myself. There are reasons I wanted to work in writing and editing. There are reasons that I wanted to live in the Pacific Northwest.
And I have every one of these amazing blessings today!
But in many ways, I am not different than when I had a full-time 9-5, with a commute, and lived in an environment that was regularly stealing my health.
This makes no sense!
Until you remember my strong reluctance to embrace any possibility that isn’t set in stone. I think I feel that, if I’m not completely financially secure, and I don’t have work scheduled out for 18 months in advance, I can’t start living my ‘real’ life yet.
But that isn’t true. I may never have as good an opportunity to enjoy the life I live, and to explore the life I want to live, as I do now.
I suspect it’s blatant sin to not appreciate it, and fully embrace it, regardless of how long I’m here in this season of blessing! 😀
So, that’s me! Keep me accountable!
And by all means, share what you’re focusing on this year!
¹Of course, it’s not as frightful as in the Northeast, and that makes all the difference! Nine degrees, or God forbid, -9, is far too frightful for me.
My 40s, clouds, and drizzle are PERFECT, thank you very much!!