Happy New Year, Dear Reader!
I don't make New Year's resolutions. I never have, and I don't intend to start in 2010.
I have chosen this week to make some changes in my life and to set some goals, and I'd like to share them with you.
Before I do, I am going to admit for you and the rest of the internet that I don't like hard work. I have shied away from it again and again, whenever it presented itself.
In college, I dropped classes that presented a challenge. In graduate school, I became angry with professors whose work required me to turn my brain on. I read easy, mindless books. I stay away from politics and I don't discuss religion. I've had lots of excuses, but it boils down to one thing – laziness.
Now that I'm aware of my own laziness, I'm changing it. I've committed myself to activities that are going to be challenging for me. Publicly, so that I have pressure to continue, not to give up.
It's going to be hard. I'm going to get frustrated. I'm going to persevere.
And I'm going to be successful.
My Goals for 2010
I am going to read the Bible in 90 days.
I really waffled on whether I was really going to participate in this challenge. I felt called to do it, but I doubted that I could do it. I wasn't sure I'd have the time; I wasn't sure that I'd get it or find any meaning in it. The Lord spoke to me this past week, and I overpaid for 2nd day air shipping so that I could join in. I'm doing it.
And I'm going to journal about it every day, to make the experience more meaningful.
I am going to lose 100 pounds in 2010.
That's a shocking statement, isn't it?
After my car crash, I reviewed the EA Sports Active for Wii. I liked the program, but I still had a lot of pain every day. I quit working out after my obligatory period.
I have lots of excuses and lots of attempts, but I've never followed through. Until now.
Thanks to The Spark, SparkPeople.com, Mamavation, and a vast support network, I'm going to lose 100 pounds this year. More importantly, I'm going to learn a healthy lifestyle (eating better, exercising more, and being generally more healthy) because that's the model I want to set for Gracie.
We are going to pay off at least 50% of our family's debt.
We don't have a lot of debt, but we have some. My car crash on May 1 showed us that we are in a perilous financial state. If one or the other of us lost our job or became unable to work for some reason, we'd be in real trouble.
As a result, we bought Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University home study course, and we got to work. We are still working through the course (much more slowly than I'd prefer), but we are working.
We are going to have to make some changes to our lifestyle in order to accomplish our financial goals, but Joe and I are both committed to those changes.
I feel like there should be a 4th goal, but there isn't. This is plenty for one person.
What are your goals for the new year?
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