The overachiever in me yearns to set the bar high by determining fourteen highly specified resolutions for 2014. The pragmatist in me suggests tossing resolutions altogether. As a compromise I’ve decided to motivate myself with four general improvements that I hope to make this year. Such improvements challenge me– but are certainly within the realm of probability– and I look to them as a source of guidance and inspiration. By keeping it vague I won’t get too fixated on the details, thus allowing me to focus on the big picture. If I fall short of my objectives? Live and learn. So without further ado, my four personal improvements for 2014:
1) My health comes first. Yesterday I wrote a post about clean eating, an integral part of staying healthy. But that’s only one of many components. Daily exercise factors prominently into the equation, as does seeing my doctors regularly and taking necessary medication[s]. Equally important is the spiritual aspect. Eliminating bad habits, harmful people, and other forms of negativity are imperative. Gone are the days of overextending myself. I must make positive choices and navigate stress in a productive way. Total health encompasses the mind, body, and spirit functioning as a whole….and my total health comes before all else.
2) People will know how much I appreciate them. I refuse to cower behind my antisocial tendencies any longer. Time to pick up the phone and call someone instead of just texting. Take the initiative to contact an old friend and rekindle the spark. Work to maintain friendships. Compliment people genuinely and frequently. Give credit where it’s due. Listen more. Talk less. Practice random acts of kindness.
3) I’ll leave a paper trail, both digitally and the old fashioned way. Social media offers a valuable tool to document one’s experience. Taking more pictures tops my list this year. As does writing in my journal. Many moons from now I’ll cherish my virtual scrapbook and handwritten notebooks and be able to share them with my family.
4) Money will be saved more and spent less. With the help of the 52 Week Money Saving Challenge I hope to accumulate some extra funds. I’ve always struggled with finances– especially saving and adhering to a budget– so I’m trying my best to change that. Winning the lottery would help immensely.
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,