The Craftie Ladies of LI Historicals have some of the following resolutions.
I've made three resolutions to improve my:
Body: To get back on my diet. Lost 25 lbs. last year, then let birthday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas sidetracked me. Have already gotten back on track.
Mind: To be more disciplined about my writing (to avoid deadline panic) and play spider solitaire less often.
Spirit: To be closer to the Lord, to know Him better, and to let Him work through me to be kinder and more thoughtful of others, especially my students.
I don't make resolutions, but I do set goals. These include very specific writing goals, personal goals (like cutting back on sugar and exercising more), and spiritual goals, like spending more time listening during my prayer time. I recently read that a relationship requires both talking and listening, and our relationship with God is no different. To be honest, I'd been doing most of the talking, so this year I have a goal to stop, sit quietly, and listen.
My resolution this year is to focus on one thing at a time. Sometimes I get so many balls in the air it is hard to juggle everything, but if I can focus on just one thing, give that one thing my full attention, I can get it done and move on (and get everything done).
First and always is to dedicate myself to a deeper understanding of God and faith.
Secondly, my New Year's resolution is to choose discomfort over resentment. Instead of agreeing to tasks that I will later resent for taking my time (the usual c&c's - committees and cookies) I will choose the momentary discomfort of saying, "I can't at this time," -- rather than committing and feeling resentful later.
In 2012, my primary goals are to be consistent in my daily Bible reading, participate in a ladies Bible study, manage my time more efficiently, and trust God's leading. This year will bring many changes, as my husband is transitioning out of the military. Our heart's desire is to move back home to Tennessee, to live once again near family and friends, but we will have to wait and see where God leads.
Learn how to rest and wait. I tend to fill my schedule to the max — because I know it maximizes my effectiveness. But in writing in particular I’m going to try to learn to let ideas germinate awhile. I also want to start hosting more people at our house as a way to deepen friendships beyond the surface.
--Cara C. Putman
Now, it's your turn. We'd love to know what your resolutions are as you embrace 2012.