Monday, January 2, 2012

2012: project.

Happy New Year! Okay, maybe I’m a couple days late, but I’ve been busy eating all kinds of chocolate and spending time with my boy. And I must say, if these first couple days are any indication of how 2012 will be, it’s going to be sooo great.

So I’ve had some time to think about this upcoming year, and I’m convinced that it’s going to be a big one. For example, this year I turn 21, become a senior in college, and vote for President for the first time. And those are just the things I’m sure of. Who knows what surprises God has in store for me?

In honor of such a big year, I have some big resolutions, and I can’t wait to share them with you. After surviving 12 months without chocolate, anything else seems like a breeze, but nevertheless, I’ll still need all your help and support.

Without further adieu, my resolutions for 2012:

2012 is the year of no fried food.
Upon hearing last year’s resolution, many were curious about what would replace chocolate on the ban list. Many foods were considered—peanut butter at the top of the list—but in the end I decided on fried food. This resolution serves two purposes. Firstly, it will help me avoid the French fry line in the caf every day. The Lord knows I need all the help I can get. And secondly, it will prevent all those massive stomachaches that occur after every single McDonalds run. {I know it’s going to happen, yet I eat it anyway. Go figure.}

2012 is the year of the half marathon.
I’m going to do it this year. I’m determined. The last couple years I’ve been plagued by shin splints and plantar fasciitis, but this year I feel good. It’s going to happen. But if I’m going to be successful, a couple things will have to happen. Numero uno, I can’t overdo it. I’m the world’s worst at pushing myself too hard and getting injured {see two sentences above}, but this year I will have to pace myself and slowly work up to those 13.1 miles. Numero dos, I’m going to have to stretch. Stretching is my very least favorite part of working out, made obvious by my extremely poor {maybe nonexistent} flexibility. But the more I stretch, the less chance I get injured, which is the goal.

2012 is the year of prayer.
Improving my prayer life was number one on my summer to-do list. I’m going to be completely honest and say whatever progress I made over the summer completely diminished during the school year. However, this year I really desire to develop those habits of prayer. I had already determined that quality talking-to-God-time was going to happen as soon as I woke up in the morning and right before I went to bed at night {then again whenever I decide to have my quiet time}. However, if I needed more confirmation that this should be my New Year’s resolution, without knowing Mom just gave me the book Walking With God: 30 days to change your prayer life. I don’t know a lot about it, but it’s definitely a start. Any more book suggestions for revitalizing your prayer-life are more than welcome.

Okay, three seems like a good number, don’t you think? I don’t know about you, but I just love the beginning of the year. It’s like one humongous piece of paper, ready for you to paint whatever picture you want on it. I hope mine is beautiful, colorful and exciting.

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
      His mercies never cease.
 Great is his faithfulness;
      his mercies begin afresh each morning.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
      therefore, I will hope in him!”

~Lamentations 3:22-24

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