New Goals for a New Year

Monday, January 4, 2016

It's that time of year again! January is a month of new beginnings for us all with new digits on the calendar and new hope in our hearts. For me, there is an excitement in beginnings. You know that feeling you get when you've made a plan and you can't wait to see it accomplished? I love that feeling. And it is that excitement of beginnings that fuels my desire for New Year's Resolutions.

They're slightly overrated and seldom get accomplished, but they sure are fun to make, aren't they? It is my conviction, though, that with enough discipline and faith, New Year's Resolutions are beyond possible. It doesn't have to be something hard; my good friend's goal for 2015 year was to brush her teeth every single day, and she kept it. I encourage you to think of something, anything, that you think you can do better, or even something that you don't do that you should start doing, and put it into practice.

I have a few resolutions that I would like to share with you, and, Lord willing, at the end of the year I can look back on these and say that I accomplished them.

(If you're really impatient like me and want to skip down to #7 for my REALLY AWESOME AND EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT, go for it.)

1. Keep a steady schedule.

Creative minds like mine often have a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants mentality. I, unfortunately, am no exception, and this mindset has made high school and life in general very  hard for me. I'd like to have a tentative schedule in place so that I can get everything I need to finished. Of course, there are times when my schedule needs to be altered, but I hope to leave enough space open so that when something unexpected comes up, my whole schedule isn't ruined.

2. Plan ahead.

This one is also a daring feat for me. I often walk into a test with absolutely no idea what's on it, or I forget to write down my homework so I don't get it done. I spend way too much time getting ready for school in the morning because I can't figure out what to wear. So this year, I would like to use weekends as a time to plan ahead for the coming week.

3. Cut down on social media.

It's distracting, isn't it? Social media is a unique way to connect with people all over the globe or to keep up with old friends, but too much is destructive and time-consuming. I'd like to have certain times when I allow myself to check social media, but if anything else takes precedence, I have to get that finished first. It's a simple rule, but I've already broken it numerous times. 

4. Exercise at least three times a week.

Exercise is hard for us all, but it is necessary to our health. God calls our body a temple (1 Corinthians 6:19), and we need to take care of it both spiritually and physically. 

5. Be bold.

I'm not the most audacious person out there, but I aspire to be because I believe God calls us to live audaciously for Him. With lots of prayer and accountability, I want to be bolder for God's glory; I want to come out of my shell and really make a difference. 

6. Have a better prayer life.

This past weekend I watched War Room, and it changed my whole perspective on prayer. Prayer is how we talk to God, how we lift our hearts to Him to praise Him and to ask Him to accomplish things we know we can't do on our own. The very act of prayer acknowledges that we are helpless and in need of God. I want to talk to God like He is my most trustworthy friend, because He is.

7. Be a weekday blogger.

WHAT?! DID YOU JUST READ THAT RIGHT?! Yes, yes you did. Right here at The Reid Who Writes I want to post every week day with the exception of Wednesday. You readers are probably some of my favorite people ever, and encouraging the highlights of my week. Because of that, I want to become what people today call a "lifestyle blogger." You'll still get to read awesome articles about what God is teaching me in my life, but I would also like to show you all a little more of my personality. And I believe by becoming a lifestyle blogger, I can accurately do that. 

Happy New Year!

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and stay tuned for another post tomorrow!!!!! (I simply cannot contain  my excitement.)

Also, I'd like to start a newsletter, so if any of you know the best place to do that, I would be very grateful!

What are some of your New Year's Resolutions? I'd love to hear them! 

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