As we are now in the year 2012 and the time for “New Year’s Resolutions” has come, I thought I should probably revisit the goals I made last year to see what I can do to improve this year. Last year I posted HERE with my goals or resolutions which involved cooking, scripture reading, journal writing, book reading, family history, and art. As I review them, I have adjusted them and made new goals for this year, highlighted in bold. I also am sharing some of Josh’s goals and our family goals from last year.
Katelyn’s New Year’s Resolutions:
Cooking – I definitely failed when it came to the cooking goals, other than I would occasionally make bread of some kind by hand this last year. I learned how to do like two bread recipes. As for meal planning, we only planned maybe two weeks out all last year; however, we are determined to be better at it this year, though we are planning on doing a monthly meal plan, mostly because then we don’t have to make the time for meal planning as often. We did start shopping smarter for food, using the ads and coupons and have saved a ton of money doing so last year.
Scriptures – I almost completed reading the Book of Mormon last year. I’m currently starting Ether. Once I’m done I’ll start all over again I suppose, mostly because we are studying the Book of Mormon in Sunday School this year. But, I also desire to revisit the New Testament. I really enjoy reading the New Testament as well.
Journal – I actually did fairly well with keeping up my journal this past year. At the end of the year I slowed down some as I finished my journal. I eventually dug up an old one that only had like 4 pages written on so that I could write again, mostly because I felt I needed to. Writing in a journal is so therapeutic, and at the time, our worst month ever, helped give me perspective on things. I intend to continue keeping a journal this year, again writing once a week as the ideal. However, this year I want to focus on something more specific as I journal. I want to try hard to recognize the hand of the Lord in my life and record them! I think it will help me spiritually remember all that the Lord has given me, gives me, and will continue to give to me and our family. I also think it will me greater happiness and a stronger testimony.
Books – I not only joined one book club, but by the very end of the year two! It has been a lot of fun reading books for the book clubs and even books not for the book clubs. Books have been a nice use of my time and very enjoyable. I wrote more about that HERE. I hope to continue reading even more books this year as I continue to attend my two book clubs and attend the public library. If my math is right, I read 16 books this last year. This year I would like to challenge myself to read 30 books. So far I have read one.
Family History – I didn’t actually include this goal in my blog post last year, but as Josh and I wrote our goals down, it was included. I wanted to do indexing or family history work two times a month. I definitely met and exceeded that goal. I fell in love with Family History work and genealogy and spent many many many hours doing research. I plan to continue doing some, but perhaps not spending as much time this year. This year I’d like to start doing the work for my ancestors at the temple that I worked so hard to find. Josh told me yesterday he wants to go to the temple five times this year. Let’s hope we make it!
Art – While I didn’t meet the specific goals I had set for myself–completing a new project every two months and sketching–I did complete two commissions and sell a vase to my mother-in-law. I also almost completed a drawing and reworked two old pieces, one I should be selling to an old roommate in the coming month or so. Also, I was recently approached by a friend at church about teaching art lessons to her kids in a few months! I am very excited about that. I also look forward to doing more art, and hopefully some more commissions.
Josh’s New Year’s Resolutions of 2011
While Josh never got around to posting his New Year Resolutions on the blog last year, he had a goal of reading 8 books, read his scriptures every day, and keep a journal. He, for a very long time, was writing in his journal every day. He got derailed by a certain accident, however, and has had a hard time getting back into it.
He also almost met his weight loss goal! He worked very hard for several months and lost a ton of weight. I don’t remember the exact number, but somewhere between 60-70lbs. He wrote a bit about his experiences losing weight HERE. The car accident also derailed this goal for him and set him back 20 lbs, but with a new year, and further healing, he is hoping to be tackling that 20lbs and then much much more this year!
Our Family Resolutions
Last year we also had family resolutions to have FHE weekly, read scriptures and pray with the girls before bedtime, pay down credit card debt with our tax return, say prayers together before Josh goes to work, go to Wisconsin, go on real dates monthly, attend the temple four times, and fast every fast Sunday and pay our fast offering. We kept almost all of those! We only attended the temple twice last year, went on one real date, and were hit and miss with paying our fast offering and fasting. We definitely have room for improvement there!
How did you do on keeping your New Year’s Resolutions from last year? Did you make some for this year? What are they?