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2014 Resolutions

res-o-lu-tion: (n) a firm decision to do or not to do something.
synonyms: decidedness, intention, deliberate, purposefulness, resolve, commitment

It is a popular tradition of many to make New Years' resolutions at the beginning of each year.  Knowing myself, I have never been one to seriously make any resolutions that I intended to keep.  This New Years' was no different until I read an article about not making a resolution but to resolve.  The writer made some good points and I thought about it for a little while and then before I knew it several ideas came to mind and I had resolved to make resolutions.  Throughout the day more and more ideas came to mind.  It was pretty overwhelming actually.

So I decided to split my resolutions up. While I was thinking I realized that my ideas could be in two different categories.  Some are lifestyle changes and can last a whole year.  I mean, that's kind of what New Years' resolutions are, right?  They are for you to make a difference in the coming year that you saw you needed from the past year?  At least that's how I view it.  Some of the other ideas that I had are tasks that I want to get done and I have decided that I want to set monthly goals as well.  I believe these ideas and goals will work better by setting them monthly.

That being said...my resolutions for 2014:

No. 1 - Pray more deliberately.
de-li-ber-ate: done consciously and intentionally; fully considered, not impulsive; done or acting in a careful & unhurried way.
synonyms: intentional, intended, studied, knowing, purposive, careful, measured, even, steady

To pray deliberately has a such a beautiful meaning.  I mean first of all, I can't help but notice I think of the synonyms they are representative of God's love for me! His love is a deliberate love and I am called to the same for Him and for everyone I see and even don't see.  I feel this is the perfect way to describe how I should pray.  My prayers are too quick, easy, and rushed.  Prayer is what God gave us to communicate to him and not just say a jumble of words.  I forget this too easily.  Just know: family, friend, acquaintance, stranger, I will be praying for you!

No. 2 - No cokes...except maybe a special occasion.  This is pretty self-explanatory.

No. 3 - Exercise 3 days a week.
ex-er-cise: (v) engage in physical activity to sustain or improve health and fitness; exert(part of the body) to promote or improve muscular strength.

 I feel like cokes can be included under this because the main reason for more exercise is to be more healthy and that includes my every day diet.  I plan to exercise at least 3 days a week.  I want to feel and be healthier. 

No. 4 - Blog at least once a week.  I love to read blogs.  I feel like I know these women on a personal level although I have never met them.  Their blogs are beautiful and they inspire me.  I hope to do the same.  You know, they say imitation is the biggest form of flattery!

No. 5 - I plan to work on my house.  I've always heard that remodeling is a neverending project and I'm beginning to experience the trueness of this for myself.  So, I shall develop a plan for improving our house and then break this down into months.

No. 6 - This one is for my husband: quit leaving things in the window sills!

No. 7 - Dry herbs for usage.  I have to include something involving my herbs for this list!  I love to grow my herbs and I have even cooked a little bitty bit with them while they are fresh.  I want to dry them because there are so many uses of dried herbs!

No. 8 - Make beautifully designed words with calligraphy.  I got a calligraphy beginner set for Christmas and am so in love!  Maybe I can even take a course in person or online.

No. 9 - Write more.  I love to write.  I used to write pretty much all the time in high school and then in college I wrote many letters to my then-boyfriend, now-husband.

These are my resolutions for the year.  I used the word deliberate in my first resolution and I feel like that is a good word to apply to all of my resolutions.  Don't you think so?