Wednesday, December 29, 2010


When I was in the 10th grade, I had a world history teacher that taught me about new years resolutions. He said ... don't make them! Yes, January 1 is a great time to reevaluate your life and priorities and make a change. BUT ... how many new years resolutions are actually kept. I mean there is a reason the gym is packed in January and empty by March! He told us instead to make a list of things that we want to accomplish in the year. A massive "TO DO" list. THEN, work as hard as we can to accomplish them. It could be anything from doing something nice to someone else to reading a book, hiking a mountain, or going to the temple.

The point is, by making a list of things you check off, if you don't do it one day, you haven't broken your resolutions. PLUS, you have a list of activities that you like/want to do to keep your mind and actions focused for the year.

I have decided that each month I would like to make up a list of 15 to 20 things that I need to accomplish for the month. I guess I'm making a resolution to do this .... I hope it will last. There are a lot of things I want done, and I know that if I don't focus on them, I will be no further along than I am now. I will keep this list on the sidebar of my blog, and hopefully comment, or blog, when I have completed my tasks.

SO ... Here are January's "resolutions:
1) Go to the doctor and get help with my infertility problem
2) Be under 175 pounds (SO that I can earn my body bugg!)
3) Try a new style of exercise
4) Buy the food of the person behind me in the fast food (OR SUBWAY) lane.
5) Gut my master bathroom
6) Finish my Spiral Quilt
7) Send someone a gift who might need it
8) Read Harry Potter 1 and watch the corresponding movie
9) Try a new food that I think I currently don't like
10) Write a thank you note to someone that has served me
11) Sift Through Jace's toys -- put away old -- throw out lame -- organize good!
12) Scrapbook Jace's baby pictures ... birth to one month!
13) Drink my body weight in water (that's just over 21 gallons)
14) Clean out and vacuum both cars
15) Ponder my trials, then read my patriarchal blessing to search for an answer.


The Butler Clan said...

er0604Someone bought our icecream at Cold stone's in Denver just before we left. I was having a really hard time, I have no idea how she knew we needed a bit of kindness, but she did it, left and we never knew until we tried to pay. I will never forget how that changed our whole night around. It is my goal to pass the kindness along, that is a great goal you have!

John and Kim said...

Great List I wish you all the best in sticking with it. Jace is so big now, it is hard to be across the country from your friends and not be able to see them often. Wishing you all the best in the New Year and keep posting pictures I love seeing them!

Sarah Elizabeth said...

I always hated New Year's resolutions anyway! I make Monday resolutions...mostly after I've blown it on the weekend but whatever :) Good luck little sis!

Bryce & Cortney Alvord said...

What an awesome idea!!! Good luck!!

Mecqae said...

Number 9 is one that I work on myself. I try food I don't like every so often. I used to hate Bananas, pineapple,cantalope, watermelon, cucumbers, and spaggetti squash. Now I like all of them :)