New Beginnings

New Year

Hello there.

I hope your Christmas was merry and bright and wonderful in every way.

Mine was everything I could hope for ~ kids home, hubby on vacation, my parents here for six days, a combined extended-family Christmas Day lunch, and days filled with happiness, laughter, visiting, game playing, eating, and movies. What could be better?

Now we’re into a new year. It’s time for a new beginning. A fresh start. A better me. A better you.

Have you spent some time thinking about 2013 and possible changes or additions in your life that will help get you on the path to where you want to be ~ spiritually, physically, and temporally?

Do you make resolutions? Or set goals? Or both?

What’s the difference?

A resolution is a firm decision to do or not do something.
Goal-setting involves establishing specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-targeted objectives.

While I was thinking about the two, I noticed that I make resolutions more than I set goals.

For example, I say things like I am going to eat more nutritiously, exercise more, be more productive with my time, reach out to others more so I’m not so centered on my own life, not judge others, keep up on ironing, and read scriptures every day.

What I don’t do is specifically set guidelines or measure success or failure. I make lists and then check-off the items when {or if} I complete them. And although I am always busy, I know I can be a better steward of my time.

So, after assessing my habits and looking at how I want to be, I’ve decided I am going to combine some of my resolutions with goal-setting to look something like this:

  • eat more nutritiously ~ eat 5 fruits and veggies every day, no refined sugar, minimal white flour
  • exercise more ~ 30 minutes daily/5x week
  • iron clothes every week on laundry day
  • find someone to serve every day
  • study scriptures 20-30 minutes every day

Then at the end of each day/week I will evaluate my progress and make adjustments or improvements when/where needed.

Sometimes I wonder what house cleaning and laundry and exercise and all those seemingly menial things have to do with my purpose in life and this is my conclusion: as I perform them well and cheerfully, they all help me become a better person. Having a clean, organized home and clean clothes and a healthy body bring beauty, peace, and well-being into my life and home. My daily living, my resolutions, and now my short-term goals are my journey to refinement and eternal life, which is my greatest long-term goal that I set years ago, and it remains constant in my daily life. It is my desire to return to my Heavenly home – home to live with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

Now it’s your turn ~ I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas and your successes or challenges regarding resolutions and goals.

Here’s to a more refined and better us in 2013.


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4 Responses to New Beginnings

  1. Haley @ The Saucy Apple January 1, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    Happy New Year, Lori! You’ve set some great goals, and I look forward to reading about you achieving them. 🙂

    • Lori January 1, 2013 at 9:44 am #

      OK. This is good ~ now I’m for sure accountable. Thanks, Haley. Happy New Year to you, too.

  2. Lengel January 2, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    I set one resolution / goal……to be fully present in the moment. I will live in the moment that is now, doing what is the right thing to do at that moment, looking for the best in now, and accomplishing those things I feel I should each moment. I only have the now. I will not live in the past or future.

    • Lori January 2, 2013 at 9:44 am #

      Lengel ~ We are going to need to talk about this so you can give me all the details and teach me how you are going to do it. I think it is so important to be present for everything and everyone we come in contact with, but I need help with it. Thank you for reminding me.

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