Resolutions. Actions. Amen.

Resolutions.

Oh? Am I bit late?

Well I have been thinking about them.

That should count for something.

Am a a resoluter? Absolutely.

(I really  hope I just made up a word.)

I love when people say, “resolutions are pointless…you never stick to them anyway.” Well, to them I’d say their number one resolution for 2010 should be self-discipline. But that’s just commentary from the peanut gallery.

You see, I think resolutions are the most fantastic idea EVER.

Everyone gets the same designated moment to reflect on the previous year and, at that moment, everyone gets to evaluate their present situation, circumstance, attitude, appearance and performance. It is a time to be honest with ourselves. It is a time to say, “Oh yeah, 2009? I can do better that that!”.

What the heck is wrong with a little self-evaluation? with a little self-improvement? Being introspective is one of the biggest favors you can do for yourself. It allows yourself to see things as they really are, to stop living in denial and start believing that you have the power to actually improve something.

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I can’t argue with the good motive of my resolutions. What I can do, however, is be realistic with my approach: My resolutions need a plan…

and my plan is action.

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This year, I’m taking a new approach. I am just planning actions. Good actions. Let the results be what they may but I can rest assured good actions bear good fruit.

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So my New Year’s Resolution to Action shall include (we’ll start with the fluff):

1. Plan meals for the week, grocery shop once accordingly. Incorporate healthy recipes or healthy substitutions in existing recipes. Allow for one splurge day per week (hopefully to include pie or a donut! haha) Eat more fruits and vegetables throughout the day and drink more water.

Week 1 ACTION: List was planned. Grocery shopping done. Bought plenty of fruits and vegetables and even bought a reusable water bottle to tote around with me instead of disposable plastic bottles. I made a “green” decision…Someone! Quick! Pat me on the back. 😉

2. Plan out (and write down workouts for) exercise days. Experience shows that I will follow a plan if it is written down. If not, my day conveniently gets too busy for exercise. Besides, I love to cross things off a list. 😉 Also, work on flexibility and strength training.

Week 1 ACTION: Started Pilates last night (Holy abdominals, batman! Why wasn’t I given sufficient warning?!). Will be writing out a routine today for the remainder of the week.

3. Assign cleaning tasks per day to form a more efficient housekeeping routine.

Week 1 ACTION: Will be writing out a daily schedule of chores to spread out more evenly across the week.

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4. Read More. Learn More. Keep the ol’ noodle sharp. I’m hoping to read two books a month, but will be satisfied with one book plus the reading meeting book.

Week 1 ACTION: It is the first week of the Reading Meeting! I’m halfway through another personal read… making good progress for my one book per month goal.

And my last (and most important) two resolutions…

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5. Make time every single day for God. No if, ands, or buts. Be in His word every day. Pray every day. Fast more often.

Week 1 ACTION: I am loving doing the bible in one year with 365 Truth Blog. It is great to get commentary from others who are reading the same daily readings as you. It has definitely been a great learning tool. I also started a prayer list that I am dedicating time daily to pray for. If you have a prayer request…send it my way! I’d love to put it on my list and pray for you!

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6. Love others. Serve others. Encourage others. I want to use my resources more to make an impact on someone else’s life whether that is financially, prayerfully or blogfully.

Week 1 ACTION: In addition to my prayer list, I have a few “creative serving” ideas up my sleeve which I am working on. More to come on that! :)

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Those are my top priorities for 2010 that I AM TAKING ACTION ON.

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I can’t wait to look back on 2010 and see the fruits of my labor. But for the meantime, I hope to not get caught up in the end result, rather, just be joyful in my decidedness to make positive changes and to serve the Lord and others more than ever this year.

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May 2010 be the year of Action for us all!

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  • http://lequaintrelle.blogspot.com Emily

    This is very true and very inspiring. I feel like I also need to make this resolution. The “love others” one especially. I feel like I need to improve on my impatience and judgment of others, especially customers. I will definitely need to pray about being more Christ-like, since I am merely a human and get so easily annoyed. Oh, God give me patience. haha

  • http://lequaintrelle.blogspot.com Emily

    This is very true and very inspiring. I feel like I also need to make this resolution. The “love others” one especially. I feel like I need to improve on my impatience and judgment of others, especially customers. I will definitely need to pray about being more Christ-like, since I am merely a human and get so easily annoyed. Oh, God give me patience. haha

  • http://www.haselwoodfam.blogspot.com DeBran

    Hi Melissa! Fabulous resolutions! I thought the same thing this year about really making an active effort to crack down and do my resolutions rather than them being just a state of mind. I decided to blog periodically about how I feel it’s going to keep myself accountable! You’ve got some great inspirational ideas! Thanks!

  • http://www.haselwoodfam.blogspot.com DeBran

    Hi Melissa! Fabulous resolutions! I thought the same thing this year about really making an active effort to crack down and do my resolutions rather than them being just a state of mind. I decided to blog periodically about how I feel it’s going to keep myself accountable! You’ve got some great inspirational ideas! Thanks!