Happy New Year
to one and all!!
A new year begins again! Can you believe that it's 2014 already? Now I just have to remember to write a 4 instead of a 3 on checks, papers, etc... Am I the only one that has difficulty with that in a new year? It can't be just me. But it's not just the simple writing of the date that gets me in every new year...
Every year I start with these grandiose resolutions of exercising 3+ times a week, or eating healthy all the time, or organizing everything that there is to organize. and on and on and on... I'm always a sucker for this trap, and at the end of the year I wind up hating myself for not following through with my overly ambitious desires. Truth be told, I don't really forget about them. They're always in the back of my mind. It's just hard to focus all of that energy on myself when the kids are always needing something, or sick, or want to do something of their own. Now that's the real trap. So this year I'm not going to fall into it (or least try my darndest).
This year I set the goal to focus on myself a little bit more. I'm going to take the time to improve myself without set limitations. Instead of going to the gym 3+ times a week, I'm just going to exercise however I can whether it be at the gym, at home cleaning, dancing around listening to music with my kids, or some exercise program on the gaming console. No limitations, just moving more. No reading the Book of Mormon in a set amount of days. If I can just open my scriptures, even for just one verse, every day, that'll be better than nothing. I also set a goal to read 20 books this year... Yes I have an actual number this year, but if I don't I won't actually pick out the reads and do it.
I'm going to fall in love with music, dancing, and art again! I'm so busy throwing on a show for the kids during the day and just trying to inch through that I don't focus on what I used to thrive on... What I used to live for! Through help with family this Christmas I was able to get in iPad. It actually has rekindled my desire to doodle and draft again. Just in five minutes pumping out a sketch I felt that love and desire again!
All of this, to me, is self-improvement. Once I can improve myself to a be in a place that I love, the rest will follow around me. And maybe this is all just a flying fancy, but I'm trying to be really determined this year. I need a better year than the last, so I'm going to make it so.