Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Resolving to be better

New Years is one of my very favorite times of the year. I love the feeling of "wiping my slate clean," and getting a fresh new start on the year. I take my resolutions seriously and have been thinking about them for well over a month, so here they are. Here's to a fresh new start; 2014 is going to be an incredible year, I can just feel it. :)

My theme song for 2014 is "More Holiness Give Me," and I want to inject holiness & enthusiasm into everything that I do. First goal is to have this song memorized by the end of January and try to think about this song once throughout my day to remind me to be more holy in everything that I do.

I will resolve to be better...
-Read/ listen to at least 1 conference talk every single day.
-Write in my "loving acts of God," journal everyday again.
-Inject holiness, humility and enthusiasm in all things that I do, especially the things I do for HIM. (If you haven't yet read the book "What would a holy woman do?" by Wendy Watson Nelson, I HIGHLY recommend reading it before the week is over. It's an easy read and I feel motivated every time I read it.)
-Track what I eat
-Keep up my good exercise habits
-Don't worry so much about being perfect physically: "You must do everything you can to make your appearance more pleasing, but the minute you walk out the door, forget about yourself and start concentrating on others" -Susan W. Tanner
-Read 2 books/ month outside of textbooks
-Keep up on the news, especially political news
A new hobby I will learn:
-Learn to play tennis! This is a goal between my bff, Lindsey, and myself. Any tennis players out there that want to teach 2 girls how to play who don't know a lick about it?!
-Become a Temple Ordinance worker by January.
-Be an outward woman; open my heart to Him and to others; be available to help my family, friends and even strangers. I just read one of the most beautiful books I've ever read in my life called "A Heart Like His," by Virginia H. Pearce.... RUN to the library and get this book... I finished it yesterday and I feel like a new woman already. PLEASE read it!
-Be a better friend
-Make friends everywhere I go
-Be spontaneous; do fun things; go on a spontaneous trip anywhere!
-Get in the habit of just doing really fun things all the time!

I'm so thankful for this time of year and for the chance that we have to become better versions of ourselves each year. It really is amazing to look back at your life at the end of each year and to measure our individual growth. I know that if we commit ourselves to our resolutions and humbly plead with the Lord to help us attain our goals, we will be shocked at the wonderful changes He can make within us.

Here's to the best year yet!!!