Resolutions are so 2015…

What do resolutions and Kris Kross have in common?

<drum roll>

They both seem like a good idea at the time.


(Thank you to my SIL, Storm, for that one.)

Anyway… it’s that time of year — where we look back and then forward with resolutions.

Social media has blown UP with the universe’s 2016 plans to lose weight, get out of debt and go to church. So what kind of blog would I have here if I didn’t post the obligatory New Year’s post?? *wink*

A few years ago, I started taking inventory of the prior year and then posting my intentions for the next year. (Feel free to check out 2013 and 2014, if you feel so inclined.) I’ve never been a fan of the term “resolutions,” because, well… I’m not resolute about much. So I list the things I “intend” to do. Because that leaves plenty of room for my un-resoluteness. ūüėČ If they don’t happen, no biggie. And ultimately, resolutions are so last year.

But first — here is my 2015 Inventory:

  • In 2015,¬†I gained¬†another beautiful, baby girl. It took most of the year and a tough labor and delivery to get her here, but she was worth the wait and pain.
  • I lost¬†more trust in people I shouldn’t have to lose trust in.
  • I started¬†to say “no” more often.
  • I stopped feeling guilty about saying “no.”
  • I was hugely satisfied by¬†my¬†flexible schedule.
  • And frustrated by my lack of patience.
  • I am so embarrassed with the number of unquantifiable¬†hours I scrolled (and scrolled and scrolled) Instagram. Insta – you are my fav.
  • Once again, I missed estranged family.
  • Once again, I wish they missed me too.
  • The biggest physical difference between me last December and this December is summed up in one word: postpartum.
  • The biggest psychological difference between me last December and this December is¬†summed up in one word: postpartum.
  • I loved my Starbucks “office hours” of writing and preparing for publisher meetings.
  • Why did I spend even two minutes getting my hopes up regarding relationships.
  • I should have spent more time in prayer. For me — on this side of heaven — this will always be the case.
  • I regret not telling my husband everyday how much he means to me.
  • I will never regret taking time for myself.
  • I spent¬†way too much money on unimportant things.
  • The most relaxing place I went was 30A — Seagrove Beach, FL on our very first “us only” vaca.
  • I did not¬†exercise as much as I had intended.
  • The best thing I did for myself was¬†invest in¬†She Speaks 2015.
  • The best thing someone did for me was encourage me.
  • The one thing I’d like to do again, but do it better is¬†nothing. ūüėČ

(Fill-in-the-blank template from Mary Schmich at The Chicago Tribune).

2016 Intentions:

  • Declutter and minimize “stuff” … and KEEP it that way. Like seriously – consider me a new-born minimalist. (Sort of…)
  • Truly — like for real, this time — take a Sabbath day every week.
  • Save money for a down payment on a new home. (eeeeekkkk…)
  • Finish “Thou Shalt Not Kill” full-length devotional & submit for agent representation.
  • Finish “Embrace the Crazy” final manuscript & submit for agent representation.
  • (Going off the last two) Snag a book agent.

Happy New Year, dear friends!  Wishing you the best year yet!

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