Happy New Year’s Resolutions

Last year I shared some of my New Year’s Resolutions. For the most part, I stuck to these resolutions. I didn’t lose as much weight as I wanted, but I did lose about half of that amount. I wasn’t always on time to drop Mikayla off at school but I did work at it. Our family went to Disney. And we have been budgeting in such a way that would make Dave Ramsey proud. All in all, making some resolutions, actually writing them down and committing to them allowed me to accomplish and experience things that otherwise wouldn’t have happened.

Although, the story that was the biggest part of my life in 2010 was something that I never saw coming. If you had told me a year ago that I’d spend the majority of 2010 training for and running a marathon I would have laughed in your face. Loudly. It was life changing in ways that I could never have anticipated. The fact that this marathon was done to raise money and awareness for the clean water crisis in Africa made it even more transforming.

I don’t know what 2011 will bring. I hope that I’m faced with another life changing opportunity that pushes me and forces me to grow and change and care for others. But I know that I have to make a conscious decision to live a better story in order to be open to such opportunities. So once again, I have a few resolutions to share:

1. Finish losing the weight I started losing last year.

2. Run at least three races this year. Notice I did not say “marathon”. I will not be running a marathon…ever again. I’d like to run a couple 10k’s, maybe even a half marathon. We’ll see if I can convince my running team to train with me or not. Maybe this will be the year I fall in love with running.

3. Watch less TV.

4. Look for creative teaching moments. I want to make a conscious effort to teach Mikayla but in a way that’s fun and memorable rather than like “school”. She’s eager to learn and I want to capitalize on her interest.

5. Keep a balanced schedule. I want to make sure I set aside time for my family and close friends. I want to keep enough breathing room in my calendar to prevent unnecessary stress. I want to exercise my ability to say “no” to obligations that I don’t love so that I have time and energy for the things I do.

Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions for 2011? Do share…

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