New Year… New You? – Frugal Novice

New Year… New You?

I love fresh starts. There’s just something inherently motivating about a new year, even though it’s really just the next day on the calendar. I liken it to the start of a school year, which (at least for me) was always a time of excitement for what was to come – and new school supplies, of course. Oh how I loved my Lisa Frank folders! But I digress.

So here we stand on the brink of another new year, and I’m one of those that can’t help but want to make a few changes, to set a few goals. It’d feel like I was missing out on an opportunity if I just let this newness pass me by. In the past I’d make pretty explicit tasks my focus – lose a certain amount of weight, save a certain amount of money each month. So, I suppose my initial resolution is to change how I set my resolutions. Instead of changing specific things, I’ve got a few overarching goals for 2012.

1. Make conscious decisions. No more eating mindlessly, spending thoughtlessly, or staying awake way too late unintentionally. There are many more behaviors that could fall under this, but you get the idea. I want to decidedly make prayerful choices for my life, so that a year from now I can feel good about where I am and what I’ve done. This is first on my list, because it will directly affect my success with my other resolutions.

2. Give more. I decided last January that “give” would be my word for the year. A lot of bloggers wrote about picking a theme word that would be their focus, and I really liked the idea but never got around to writing a post about it. It’s my word for 2012, too, because I’ve got room to grow in this department. I’m blessed, and want to bless others’ lives through my actions. So, I hope to give more this year – to strangers, to friends, to those who need it the most. I want to remember that giving can be big or small, and it can be of things, money, or time. And I really want to teach this concept to my boys through our actions as a family.

3. Be creative. I love to make things and bake things, and used to work on projects all the time. Now I know I waste time browsing online or watching TV, when I could be doing something I love. I want our family to actively, on a regular basis, be creative with something we enjoy, whether it’s paint, Legos, food, or anything else we dream up.

I’m sure I could come up with several other resolutions (in fact, I had to limit myself ahead of time to three so I didn’t go crazy with it), and I have to admit there’s a part of me that wants to NOT make them because it’s such a cliche. Regardless, I think we could all use an impetus for change now and then, and I’m ready to do just that.

What changes are on your list to make?

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  • Lindsay January 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I love that first resolution – Being intentional can make a huge change in how you feel and act. You can definitely accomplish these goals! Good luck!

    • Christi January 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks, Lindsay! It’s so easy to just get set on autopilot when there’s SO much to do, but you’re right – being purposeful/intentional is so important!

  • Marsha January 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Wonderful goals!! I also need to incorporate these in my life. Love to all!!

  • Charla @ Healthy Home Blog January 2, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Awesome resolutions!

  • Paula @ Frosted Fingers January 3, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I think “to give” is a great one and not one that ended up on my list. I think I need to add that ;)

  • Amanda January 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Those are all great – I’ve been so caught up in holidays and then sick that I haven’t even tried to think about resolutions…I’m thinking my #1 is going to need to be “be patient.” There are so many changes coming up this year…I need all the patience I can get! ;)

  • Yolanda January 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I like your list. My word for this year is “Grow”…. in my relationships with my family, professionally, and personally!

    • Christi January 8, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      Love it, Yolanda!

  • Rachel Marquardt January 8, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Great resolutions!! Mine of course include exercise and eating right. But to pick one word would have to be ENJOY. Just enjoy each day and purposely surround yourself with things that make you happy.

    • Christi January 8, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      I love that one, Rachel! It’s too easy to get caught up in the rush of things and forget to slow down to enjoy and appreciate everything (everyONE) we have in our lives.