A New Year

Fireworks{I was unable to get any of my own firework photos due to the noise, so thanks for this photo goes to Jeff Golden on Flickr.}

I’ve never made New Years resolutions. In the past it seemed like something I would make myself write, not accomplish, and then feel guilty over, and why would I want that? This year, however, I have started to love making lists of things to accomplish. With my Lyme it has helped me to be able to get more done and it makes what I get done things that are important to me. 

For 2014 I decided to make my first New Year’s resolutions, while keeping my health and restrictions in mind. Some I started about a week or so ago, when we got back from Louisiana for our Christmas trip. Others I might not be able to start for a couple months, but hope to accomplish this year. 

  • Daily oil pulling
    Many people have noticed health benefits from oil pulling from healing cavities to allergy relief and also to detoxing the body of harmful metals and other toxins. I’ve tried to start in the past, but was never good at remembering to do anything first thing in the morning. I actually started this resolution about a week ago, and thankfully have remembered to continue every day. Read more on oil pulling here.
  • Twice weekly (at least) yoga
  • Read more theology, biographies, and history
    I’ve already started on Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, which I’m near completing. 
  • Widen my vocabulary 
    We recently found these GRE exam vocabulary flashcards at Goodwill, which will help me in this endeavour. 
  • Spend more time in the Word
    I want to do this out of a longing to better know the Lord, and not out of a strict set amount for each day. I want it to be a time to better know Him and constant growth, which is harder when it’s an obligation as opposed to time I want to be with Him. I believe doing it this way will lead to me wanting to spend even more time with Him in His Word.
  • Start a freelancing business 
    Currently I want to try selling things online; however, in the coming months I hope to acquire some things needed so that I can start a freelance writing business.
  • Learn more about DSLR photography 
    I’m hoping to get a DSLR Canon camera in the near future, and until then and continuing afterwards, I want to learn more about photography. I will be learning from a variety of sources, but mostly from Digital Photography School
  • Write something daily
    I’m hoping if I write something daily, even something small in one of my many notebooks, it will help me to be able to express my thoughts in a more reliable manner. 
  • Incorporate more vegetables into my diet
    I love vegetables, but often if they aren’t previously prepared I don’t eat them.
  • Try at least one traditional meal from a different region each month
    I love trying a variety of cuisines, and I believe this would be a good way to often be trying something new. More than likely my research for a month’s cuisine will lead to more than one meal and maybe some ideas which will differ from the traditional. 
  • Expand my music library 
    I love music, but often don’t spend time looking for something new. 
  • Write more handwritten letters
    Specifically to my dear friends and those who are currently going through hardships and are in need of encouragement. 
  • Learn to express my opinions better
    Due to anxiety it can be difficult for me to express my opinions without warning, especially in person. I want to get better about this so that I can share what I believe the Lord is teaching me.

I’m looking forward to where the Lord will take me in 2014. 2013 was not easy, but He taught me much through it and deepened my love and longing to know Him better. No matter where I go, with the Lord’s help along the way, I will strive to honor Him and serve Him during my time here on earth. I wish all my readers a happy and blessed new year.

Did you write any resolutions this year? I would love to hear them!

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5 Responses to A New Year

  1. Those are good goals! I usually don’t do resolutions, but I do have three this year: write more, cook more healthy foods, and get more skilled with girly things like makeup. My thinking on resolutions has usually been that it’s better to keep setting goals all the time; I don’t view New Years as so special. But when everyone else is doing it, it’s kind of fun to participate. :)

    Oil pulling looks like an interesting idea.

    If you need any suggestions of artists, I could probably talk your ear off about them. :) Although I tend to listen to a lot of non-singing songs, so that might not help as much. You need to try Lights! She’s very similar to Owl City. Her second CD, not so much, but it’s not too bad.

    • Rachel says:

      That is one of the reasons I didn’t do New Years resolutions either, because I did my own resolutions throughout the year. It just seemed to happen this year that around the end of the year I had a lot of things I wanted to start doing, but was unable to do due to holiday busyness.

      I like your goals as well! If you need any help with “girly things” I would love to help. My sisters even call me Barbie. ;)

      Thanks for the recommendation! I will be sure to check that out tomorrow (if my headache is not too bad). Hopefully we can talk again soon, and maybe we can speak on some of these subjects among many others.

  2. I just read a statistic that only 8% of the population have goals and only 3% write them down. I see your list as more a list of goals than resolutions. I set a goal to write everyday as well. It has quickly become one of my favorite parts of the day. I also like reading what I’ve written at the end of the week. I’ve already been able to learn more about myself and to spot patterns.

    Love your idea to make one regional meal each month. I’ve thought about doing that in the past though I was going to read about the area as well. May have to add that one to my list of goals.

    Congratulations on your SITS Day. I really enjoy your blog.

    • Rachel says:

      Yes, exactly. I find goals to be less stressful. I also have learned that my plans often don’t turn out the way I imagined, so this works for me. I need to resume my daily goal lists as well, thanks for the reminder!

      I almost missed January, but thankfully I was able to bake a recipe for pineapple tarts common in Malaysia and Singapore on the first day of Chinese New Year. It was a lot of fun! I would like to read more on those regions as well, when my reading list will allow it.

      Thank you for stopping by and the comment!

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