It’s the first day of the year. (Master of the obvious, I know.) And although I wasn’t even thinking about making resolutions I have become very introspective today. I keep thinking about all the things I want to do. All the blogs and ideas I’ve filed away and said, “One day I’ll do this…” have suddenly popped up again saying, “Time’s awastin’!”
For me, making a resolution and sticking to it is NOT going to work. I can’t just say, “This year I’m going to exercise.” That’s silliness. But even a smaller goal of, “I’ll exercise 30 minutes a day.” Isn’t going to work. I’ve learned that nothing is going to make me change until *I* make me change. Until I get the WANT TO.
So, instead of making any resolutions now, I’ve contemplated (and still have some more to do) about the areas of my life where I want to see improvement, growth and newness. And I’m figuring out how to get the WANT TO to get the job done. For me, I need information. So, I’m ordering books and subscribing to blogs. And reorganizing my feed-reader to reflect the important things I want to “learn” this year.
Let me break it down for you…
I just bought two books from Amazon (affiliate links below):
The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick – And What We Can Do About ItI read about this book from Isabel at Alpha Mom. And even before I read one word of the review I said, “I believe every word of this book.” I do. I know that even when we try to eat “healthy” we’re not eating real food.
I’m fairly confident these books are going to encourage me to focus (again and moreso) on healthy whole eating. And when I’m eating right, I start getting excited about exercise. (More on exercise later…)
This is the eternal quest for me. I think I’m getting worse as I’m getting older. Or maybe it’s because I now have 3 people to take care of. I don’t know. I’m just feeling messier and messier. So, I’ve subscribed to the following blogs…
Organizing Your Way Yes, I’ve subscribed to this one since she began. I love how she gives several ideas instead of just one. It really is organizing the way that works best for YOU.
Simple Mom I will never ever live up to what Simple Mom preaches. Honestly, she’s not simple to me. But, I admire it and appreciate how purposeful she is about every area of her life. That’s what encourages me to get my home in order.
Small Notebook I’ve read this blog on and off and I’m routinely astounded by the simplicity and practicality of it. Here are three posts I read and loved TODAY: Holding on to Sentimental Things, The Spice Cabinet Clean Out and The Lost Rule of Organizing.
I don’t want too many more organizing/simple living blogs or I’ll get too overwhelmed but if you have ONE that is not stressful (ie. do not tell me to read FLYlady), I’d love to hear about it!
I have to confess: Ladies Ministry gets on my nerves. Whenever I look through the “women’s interest” books at the Christian bookstore I get bleary-eyed. They are too pink, too flowery and too boring. But as I was looking for a book or blog that would encourage me in my spiritual life—well, everything I looked at was either church-ministry-related or women’s ministry.
So, I’m thinking about getting a Beth Moore book. Maybe the Esther book? I know, I should turn in my Christian-woman card for never reading something by Beth Moore. But that’s really why I’ve never read one…because everyone else has. I know. Get over myself.
Anywhoo, what do you think? What book or blog has changed your life with God?
Blogging: Well, I’ve got a few things up my sleeves and am too intimidated to share them with you right now…
My House: We’ve lived here almost a year and it’s almost exactly the same as when we moved in. So, I’ve subscribed to TONS of design and home-making blogs. You know my recent obsession with A Soft Place to Land. But I’ve also fallen in love with Infarrantly Creative and Living with Lindsey. Which home-y, house-ish, craft-y, design-ish blogs do you love?
Schedule: All of these hinge on one tiny area of my life I do not want to give up: SLEEP. I’ve been haunted by the accomplishments of early-risers and although I’d love to get everything done before 10am, I just can’t imagine it! I’m a zombie until noon. So, when I stumbled across this ebook called Inspired to Action, I got…well, inspired. *nervous laugh*
So, to end (yes, I am ending this…) is that to create a New Year’s Resolution or any goal, I need some info and inspiration behind it.
And now, I’m asking for inspiration. Which blogs or other resources have encouraged you in Healthy Living? Simple Organized Living? Spiritually? Or something else that’s changed your life?