Normally, I sit and brainstorm an elaborate, fantastic list of resolutions for the New Year. It's often divided into several categories: spiritual, physical, financial, intellectual, etc., and I include details as to how I will achieve each goal. Examples of items that frequent my list might be: keep a stricter budget, have a weekly date night, be on time to church, exercise however much, floss every day (which I usually keep until a dentist appointment), cut down on screen time, blog more regularly, and so forth. Sometimes the goals become nice habits, sometimes I forget about them. Sometimes my list turns up a long time later and I wonder at my aspirations.
Time to simplify. I only have two resolutions as we begin 2012, and they came to me without so much as a brain-rustle-of-the-wind. Lovely.
1) Read my scriptures every day. For many reasons (there are always reasons), this scripture-loving girl has let this priority slip into shoddy irregularity. I recommit to reading every day. It doesn't matter how much, who's around, or what time (the other night it was just a couple verses by the light of a cell phone). So far, I'm 10 for 10! I dare say, I see a difference already.
2) Go to bed at 10:00 PM. Last January, I heard Ariel say that she only had one goal. This was it. She added, "I figure everything else will take care of itself." I pondered my own detailed list and couldn't quite see how one goal could bring about the others. BUT -- when I have managed the 10:00 bedtime, everything else is not only more manageable, but more enjoyable. As I have little to no say about being "early to rise" around here, I am determined to be early to bed. Of course, there may be times when an event conflicts, but I will remain committed.
I promise to keep these resolutions. I know that if I do, I will be abundantly happier and so will my family. After all, if Mama ain't happy ain't nobody happy.
What are the resolutions of your heart this year?