I have never been much of one for New Years Resolutions. I might set a goal or two after I heard other people making their lists, but I never got into it much. But this year, as a gaze out at a fresh year before me, I am yearning to become a better person. I feel trapped by my own inability to set and achieve goals. I feel such a strong desire to take even one little corner of my self and make it better than it currently is. For a long time now, I've felt like I've been just treading water, content with just keeping myself afloat. I'm ready to swim. I don't want to survive, I want to live! (Can you place that quote? Oh, you've got kids too?) The problem is, there is so much room for improvement in EVERY part of my being, that I'm overwhelmed with where to start. I know I'd like to exercise more regularly, eat a little healthier, be a better Mom, improve my relationship with the Savior, teach my kids the gospel better, be more organized, keep my house cleaner, use my talents more, write more, keep up with the gardening better, serve at church more wholeheartedly, read more...
you get the picture.
So where does one start? Do I take one of those things and focus on it? Or do I take my life as a whole and try to just step everything up one notch? Honestly, I think for me, the answer lies in just taking everything up a notch. I may not be right where I want to be with everything by the end of the year, but I will feel like my life has moved forward and I'm progressing. If I just focus on one thing I think I will feel like too many things are left neglected. Plus, don't you think that all those things play off one another? They are all connected, they are all part of me. As improvement happens in one area, I think it will make it more possible for improvement in other areas. As I improve my relationship with my Savior, I will become a better mother and wife, I will fulfill my service at church more fully, I will desire even more to take care of the body God has given me by eating healthier and exercising. As I do those things I will have more energy for gardening, sharing my talents, etc.
So that is my goal for this year-
To take my life up a notch. (Don't worry, I'll be a little more specific when I write it down for myself.) To swim. To live. Remind me to follow up in December and let you know how I did.