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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Ready for a new year

I have never been ready for a new year as I am this year. I'm determined to take the clean slate (so to speak) and make the best of it.

The past couple years I have done the ever-so-trendy-choose-a-word-to-be-your-official-theme-for-the-year thing, but I think I'm tired of that, and I especially felt like I wasn't all that successful at my word for 2008 anyway. (It was simplify, by the way, and the last four months at least have been anything but simple!)

This year I think I'll choose a scripture to be my theme. I'm not really sure which one yet, but I have a couple days to decide. I like the whole resolution idea, but have never felt like my resolutions last much longer than a few months. At least most of them. Usually one makes it the whole year, but it's always hard to say which one is going to win out among all of the things that I want to improve upon.

What do you do when it comes to New Year's Resolutions? A word? 20 goals? Nothing? How do you keep yourself motivated? (I bought a sign that hangs in my bedroom this year that says SIMPLIFY. I must say it did at least keep me reminded.) How do you keep yourself accountable?

Important questions, folks. I hope you have the answers.

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Today is my mother's birthday and I know she would just love it if people hopped over to her blog and wished her a happy birthday. You could go to her personal blog: Out to Lunch or her fitness blog (did you know my mom is a famous fitness instructor? People sometimes even ask for her autograph and everything.) Deni Preston Fitness.

16 comments :

  1. I'm not much on New Year's Resolutions. I never keep them. I never even make them, because I know myself too well. I quit after not so much time. I also don't like the fact that I need a new year to make goals, so I like making goals all year long, just so New Year's isn't overwhelming. I think what I need is someone who has the same goal as me to keep me motivated. I only heard of the one word thing yesterday, and I kind of like it. Though, I really like the scripture idea, too.

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  2. I really like the scripture idea as opposed to one word or a list of resolutions. I think that would really help me stay on track with my ultimate goal of being more spiritual, more thoughtful, and more kind. Great idea!

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  3. I prefer to make goals throughout the year and adjust as ncessary, rather than make these big, lofty goals at the beginning, that most people just don't keep anyway.

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  4. Great Post! Happy New Year 2009! ♥ Hugs :) Shauna

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  5. One thing that keep me accountable is FHE. Once a month I go over my personal goals. this works for me anyways. O I went over to your mom's site LOVE it.

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  6. I like your idea for a scripturally based reminder of where you want your life to be.
    I don't make New Years Resolutions, I just fix what needs to be fixed when I realize there's a problem, but I do enjoy looking back on the year at its end to see what I've accomplished. Perhaps this years resolution can be "No More Resolutions, just Actions".
    Love Ya!
    Lisa

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  7. I sort of do the Kristina thing--make goals along the way that I think I'll have a fighting chance to keep. There's nothing worse than making a resolution and then breaking it three weeks later and then berating yourself for it.

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  8. I've been thinking about resolutions lately, and I'm not sure how I'll end up doing things. I've never really been a new year's resolution person. There are just several things I need to start, and the new year seems to be a good time for that. :)

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  9. I LOVE the idea of picking a scripture!! I might have to use that one!!

    I hope that you and your family have a Happy New Year!!

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  10. I'm a total resolution girl. Yes, they get broken, but I have a fondness for lists & resolutions just fall in there. They usually stay on my bedroom door until May. Then I revise them or make them more reasonable (like lose 50 pounds) & use a smaller sticky note.

    I'm always working on Simplify, though. sigh.

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  11. I suggest for your scripture you use that one about dwelling in a tent. HAHA.

    No really, I've never been one to sit down and make a list, but two years ago I did decide to lose weight. I did write down goals for that. And since I now need to re-lose the 35 lbs I lost before I had a baby and gained back from the baby, I guess I will be writing things down again. As for the other stuff, I do need to keep my desk cleaner this year, I know that would make Jospeh very happy.

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  12. You know, I'm not so fond of resolutions--because I tend to pick so many or pick ones so huge that I end up overwhelmed and under-qualified for the huge task I've set before myself. I have tried to remember (more often) that I'm a work in progress, and that with all my huge successes are going to be little failures along the way. And I try to be more forgiving of myself.

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  13. If I had just one goal of many that made it all the way through to the end of the year, I would call that a SUCCESS! I gave up on it years ago, often I do my re-evaluating in September around my birthday, anyway. However, I did make eight goals this year already--not sure why except maybe I am more motivated to change and accomplish things that I have been before. I'll let you know how it goes in a year. :)

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  14. I've got a funny New Year's resolution post ready to come out tomorrow. I guess I need (or want; I haven't decided which) to think of something serious toward this new year too.

    Happy New Year!

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  15. I'll admit -- I can never do anything for a whole year. My goal this year is to make it through without a mental break down.

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  16. someone sent me this wonderful lds article about new years resolutions and how we as LDS are always trying to do better, so we dont need a Jan 1st, I took time today, went to church, journaled, studied and got a blessing, just to start out my next year with a bang, LOL but stay focused.

    if you want a link to that article, email me spasm5@att.net

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