Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Thinking On Goals for the New Year

I have thought long and hard about making resolutions for 2013.  

Part of me would really like to make some changes, and the new year is always a good time to do just that, but there is this other side that doesn't want me jumping up into too many plans and getting overwhelmed.  This is why I am mainly focusing on two-week goals and a couple of intentional actions.  

My first two-week goal is for rough elbows and winter rough hands and tootsies.  It is an oddity, but it involves using Phillips Milk of Magnesia on the rough spots.  This was recommended to me by my endocrinologist, and as I read into it, I found out that it was effective with lots of skin conditions, but there was also a warning about it effecting your pH on your face.  I will definitely be sticking with the elbows, hands and feet for this two-week run. 

Now onto the intentional.  I intend to read more of my Bible and study God's word.  I intend to devote time to memorizing scripture.  In addition to reading for enjoyment, I also intend to read for growth.  I'm working through Greater by Steven Furtick right now, and next on my list is Stressed-Less Living by Tracie Miles.  Honestly, I would love to dive into Tracie's book right now, but another intention of mine is to finish what I start.  I am enjoying Steven's book, but I get distracted easily which is why I want to just leap into Tracie's book- well that and the fact that I found Tracie's book and knew it was an important book for me to read.  No worries though.  There is plenty of time.  :) I also plan on being intentional about taking care of the physical between eating and drinking right to getting plenty of rest and exercise.  Water will be covered in the drinking right.  The rest will be through making wiser food choices.  After the holiday blast that I have had, this intentional attitude towards my intake and output is going to be vital.  I am still toying with joining Weight Watchers or something like it, but for now, I will just use my pedometer and work out videos.  This is mainly because I need to curb the financial output until I get a little extra saved before my husband's birthday.  I guess I might as well add being intentional about getting a handle on my finances is a good call too.  :)

PS...I should also mention that I do also intend to put in a lot of effort into getting organized.  I fantasized about winning an opportunity for a personal organizer to get me on track.  I don't think that is going to happen.  Sadly, I just need to work on this myself.  As my husband is very neat this is kind of a goal because it is a goal to make him happy and make my life less dramatic.  I hate being disorganized.  I actually worked on the first step yesterday when I totally cleaned out my closet and put away in a storage container all the close that don't currently fit (yes, I've gained weight...grrrr) and put aside clothing to donate to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.  My husband was delighted with the neatness.  :)  That delights me.  Win win. 


  1. I love your list of goals! 'Never heard of using Milk of Magnesia for skin. How interesting. Please keep us posted how that goes! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  2. These are great goals...!! I really really want, need and must! study and read more of His Word too... I think that's my overall goal this year.. be closer to Him.. (:

    Here's to us and our goals for 2013! :)

  3. Great resolutions---just wrote about mine here:!

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  4. Two week goals are smart. Lifestyle experts advise smaller goals because they are more attainable.
    Here's to reaching yours, cheers!
    Happy New Year!

  5. I like the idea of the two week goals, much easier to get a handle on. Good luck with your goals :)