Monday, January 2, 2006

New Year

I've been thinking about whether or not I should write any new year resolutions... It seems like when people hear "new year resolution" they roll their eyes because really, who ever actually keeps theirs? Saying, "I want to loose 20 lbs" or "I want to get straight A's" or... "I want to keep the house clean".... well, it all sounds good until you try putting them in action. Isn't there a statistic that most new year resolutions are broken within 2 weeks or something? Well, I don't know, but I was putting together the Relief Society calendar for church next week (It's my calling... basically, I put all the girls birthdays on and what the lesson will be each week, then add any announcements I can find and then i look for a nice quote to put at the top) So I was thinking about what quote to put on the top and I did a search on for "new year resolution". I came back with some articles from the ensign. I picked from one called, "Resolutions" by Joe J. Christensen. They printed it a few years later in the New Era, too. It said:

"Only one verse of scripture in the entire King James Version of the New Testament suggests what the Savior did to develop himself from age twelve until he began his formal ministry at age thirty: “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:52; see JST, Matt. 3:24–26). In other words, the Savior developed in the [following areas]: intellectually (in wisdom and knowledge), physically (in stature), socially (in favor with man), and spiritually (in favor with God). I am convinced that if we make and keep resolutions in those four areas, we will have a happier and more successful new year this coming year and every year for the rest of our lives."

So, that's what made me decide to write some resolutions.... but since it seems like "new year resolutions" are made to be broken, I'm just gonna call them goals. And since an unwritten goal is pretty much just a wish, I'm going to write them here. :)

My Goals for the coming year:

-Learn more in my classes by doing my readings and homework

-Intentionally exercise (not just walking to and from class) at least once a week (baby steps, baby steps...)

-Make my apartment a place that people will feel comfortable... Maybe it's just me, but I'm usually uncomfortable in dirt and smell... I want a place that people will want to come to, and not feel like they're walking into a pig pen full of last weeks food encrusted dishes.

-Go to church every week, whether or not I can wake Erik up... :o) and Pray together at night.

There are, of course, other things that I want to work on, but I don't want to overwhelm myself. Maybe that's why people don't succeed at their new years resolutions. Maybe they just make too long of a list and they don't know where to start, and so they try to do all of them, but... honestly, you can't change your entire life at one time.

well, I'm going to go shopping. yippee!!! (not really... groceries...) :o)

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