2014… The year of discipline.

2013 was amazing. So much happened and I could not be more thankful for the opportunities and blessings that poured out of such a fun-filled, unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime year. But as far as keeping up with resolutions from last year… Womp womp. Here’s what I set out to do and what really happened:

“Body: Will and I want to run a 5k every month this year. It’s our 2013 goal.”

Well… we didn’t run a single 5k. Hahaha! BUT we did run 242 miles in the year 2013, which is more than either of us could say for any other year of our lives. The goal became 365… That didn’t happen either. BUT once again, 242 is a lot more than 0. So while the “resolution” wasn’t achieved or kept, major changes did happen. And that’s something to be proud of!

“Mind: I will not stress. I will not be consumed with trivial things. I will focus on what is important. My friends, my family, and my future (but not to the point where I’m planning my life away).”

In the year 2013, I learned that this resolution must be daily chosen, not just yearly. So did I keep it? Most days. Did I break it? Some days. But when I think of 2013 do I think of stress? No way, Jose! Not worth the thoughts when there are so many other joys to be celebrated!

“Spirit: Ooma gave me a Guidepost Planner for 2013. Every day it has a verse and room to reflect and write about thoughts and prayers for that day. Through daily devotion (as well as hopefully a women’s small group) my prayer is to give God every minute of every day. Frank Laubach prayed in his journal of 1937 “I want to give you every minute of this year. I shall try to keep you in mind every moment of my waking hours”… And that’s my prayer as well.”

Another resolution that sadly and honestly I can’t say that I kept through the whole year. However, my Ooma gave me the same planner for the year 2014 (what a woman!) so I get another chance this year. As with the “mind” category (but even more so), this is something to resolve to doing and commit to DAILY, not just once a year. May I once again this year be given the opportunity by my GRACIOUS God, who loves me even when I fail at resolutions, to know him more with every passing day.

So here’s my new resolution:

Goal setting is good. Goal achieving is better. But learning that you’re an imperfect being that can only strive to learn, grow, and become more Christ-like with each new day is the best. And in 2014, my resolution isn’t specific. It’s quite general. To be disciplined. Body, mind & spirit. And to love myself the same on the days that I succeed and the days that I fail, just as my Father in Heaven does.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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