Monday, December 27, 2010

Readying for a New Year

I'm not much for New Year's Resolutions.  It's not that I don't like the idea of committment, but New Year's Resolutions are notoriously broken, and I personally feel it's a waste of time.  I do like challenges though, and think I'm up to a few.  This past year, the only thing I stuck to was reading my Bible in a year plan.  While I'm a bit behind, I'll be caught up by the end of the week.  I used Max Lucado's Grace for the Moment Bible, and I think I'm going to go through it again this coming year.  The only thing I want to do differently is to read everyday instead of getting behind and having to read several days at once.  With that, here are my goals. 

1.  Read through the Bible...everyday this go round. 

2.  I'm "borrowing" this idea from A Not So Angry Redhead.  She did a post about a brilliant idea of tracking all her plants using index cards.  This was music to my sometime overly anal ears!!  Not only can you categorize them, but you can take the labels and stick them onto the index about cutting down on writing time. 

3.  Same concept, different hobby.  I have wanted to catalogue my books for years now.  I stumbled on this idea from another blog too.  I'm going to subscribe to Library Thing and catalogue my library.  What's so great about this you wonder?  Well, once it's done I'll have access to it on my home computer and on my mobile.  That's huge because now instead of calling home and having one of the girls go in to "look on the second bookcase, about the 3rd/4th shelf and look for this author", I can just pull it up on my phone!  That and my mother will have access to mine and I'll have access to hers...that should cut down on buying duplicates. 

4.  Going to restart the C25K Running Plan again and finish it this time!  Along with that should come some much needed weight loss and toning for this little body of mine.   

5.  Our family does much better with menus, so this year I'm going to go back to putting them on the calendar and maybe, just maybe we'll eat more routinely.  We eat alright, but it's gotten to be really just junk because we're always running from one thing to the next.  That is a sorry excuse, so out comes the menu!

I think this is a good place to start, and I'm pretty confident that I can accomplish all of these early on in the year.  The succulents, plants and books will be ongoing, but I'm looking forward to a bit more organization. 

If you can't tell, I like lists!  I also enjoy research and all of these except the running involve research.  I like facts and facts are best kept organized so that they can be shared with others.



  1. Lists are good. I make them when things get out of hand.

  2. I'm with you - while I don't define my goals as 'resolutions' per se, I'm always working toward some goal or other, it seems. :) This year I think I'll be trying to be more intentional about growing my new business that I launched earlier this fall!

    Best wishes~

  3. Yes, it finally posted! I have no idea what was causing the problem. Maybe the arrangement of the planets? Mystery! I'm glad you like the idea enough to try doing it as well. Huzzah!

    I also like making menus which is what we do. It doesn't always work because sometimes we make too much or too little or we're craving something other than what's on the menu. Still, it's better than bumrushing the grocery store and piling things in the cart.

    For high school, we had to take a class on the Christian Bible, and we used The Quest Study Bible, which I still have and keep because there are explanations of what was being said off to the side. For example, if there was a mention of a "dragon", there was a mini discussion on whether it was a real dragon, another animal, or a metaphor, and from what I remember, it was pretty unbiased. It certainly made reading it much easier because it involved language, history, and sociology, which are all things I find incredibly interesting, and it involved perspectives from many theologians without saying what you should believe or what was right or how you have to interpret the text. We didn't read the entire thing but a good lot of it in a single summer. The downside of the Quest Study Bible is how heavy it is. It's BIG! I'm only recommending this one in case you want a different approach to accomplishing your goal, or maybe you'd like to know more about the text itself.

  4. I agree with you on the menus. Tonight after church, I went to Walmart with three recipes in hand. I know that is not for a week, but hey, it is a start.

    I also think that I will look into the Quest Study Bible that NoSoAngryRedHead mentioned. I have so many already, but not that one. When I do the Bible studies, I usually have three or four out on the table.

    And of course, this week, I am going to look into the Libray Thing. I need to get these thousands of books cataloged so that we quit buying doubles.