Happy New Year! 2020 is here and we have officially started a new decade. We are still in Victoria on holidays but the Christmas buzz is certainly starting to wear off now. Especially now as a lot of people are headed back to work. I am sad to be leaving soon but am also looking forward to being home in our new house. There is something to be said for having routine and structure in your life and it is something that I have definitely been missing.
Is it just me or is the slate feeling extra-especially clean this year? Having only shared my resolutions with you once on the blog, I am hoping to make this a yearly tradition going forward. You will notice the irony of this when you read about my first resolution…
I must admit, I have and am still guilty of feeding into the ‘new year, new you’ mentality. It’s hard not to when you’re on the first page of the calendar. Sometimes I have to remind myself that a lot of my goals are on-going and that there isn’t necessarily a start or end date for them. My 2020 resolutions are not unlike my 2018 ones. I have tried to make them realistic, ones that I can grow into over a period of time. As the year progresses I will be sure to remind myself that I can always add to them as well.
1. Be More Consistent
One of my biggest weaknesses and something I struggle with a lot is my consistency in doing things. This can be applied to various areas of my life. From my eating and exercise habits, how often I blog and even the frequency in which I clean the house.
I actually really surprised myself at the back end of last year by developing some consistent eating and exercise habits. Dare I say, I learnt how to be more disciplined with myself and actually kept it up. I would like to continue doing that this year, nothing beats the high of progress. In addition to this, I am looking forward to having a routine when we’re back home. From meal planning, house duties and my role as a mum, I would like to have some more structure to what our at-home life looks like.
I would also like to be more consistent with how frequently I blog. I often have bursts of creativity, where I am blogging several times a month. The rest of the time, however, it can get very quiet around here. I have struggled with this for years. While I know I’m not really accountable to anybody in this regard, it is something I would like to do for myself. I want to break the habit.
2. Complain less
This resolution is to the point and I’ll be the first to admit that I complain a lot. From the mundane trips to the supermarket where “everyone was slow and I got cut off in the car park” to more serious things like how sensationalised and politicised the Australian media is, there is often a lot of hot air escaping my mouth. It’s not nice to hear and to be honest, it’s not particularly productive either. I’d rather spend my energy on something more useful and good so I will be making a genuine effort to keep my complaining at bay.
3. Get to the Point Quicker
My family and close friends can attest to this, at times I can be guilty of telling extremely long-winded stories. That, and often I struggle to answer a question or give instructions directly. There always has to be a story to go along with it. Sometimes a backstory before the actual story. For all my friends who never get a word in, I sincerely apologise. As of now, I hereby declare that 2020 is the year I just ‘ain’t got time for that. From now on I am going to make a conscious effort to be more straightforward and just get to the point.
4. Read the Bible More
This is by far the most important resolution of the four. I have been struggling with reading the Bible for a long time and I am actually quite ashamed to admit how hard it can be for me to get motivated to do it. In recent times, however, I have been reminded of how important it is to turn to Jesus during rough periods. There is so much comfort in his words and yet I so often dismiss them when I need them most. I have always admired people who can quote parts of the Bible, especially when illustrating a point. While I am a long way off that, I would like to start reading my Bible every day. It shouldn’t even be a choice, it is so hugely important to my salvation.
Well, that’s it. Those are my 2020 resolutions. As per my intent to be more consistent, my aim is to keep you all updated with my progress on the blog. January 2021 is not the next time you will be hearing me talk about my resolutions, I need to break the cycle and be more accountable for myself year-round.
What are your 2020 resolutions? I would love to hear about them!