New Year Resolutions for Newlyweds
Written by Lindsay Ropella
Well guys, it’s time for the stereotypical New Year Resolutions post.
In all seriousness, I’m not a big fan of these. In fact, ask my husband. Whenever anyone brings up the idea of making New Year’s Resolutions, I tend to silently roll my eyes and tune out.
Why? Because the majority of resolutions made this January are going to be broken before February 1st. We all know it. The problem with the way “resolutions” make themselves out to be created is that once you break them that first time you sleep in instead of getting your butt out of bed to get to the gym, you’re sunk. You might as well stop trying because your resolution has been broken.
And it totally makes sense – why would you want to keep doing something you’ve technically already failed at? I know I wouldn’t. So instead, I try to think of the goals I set for myself for the new year simply as that. Goals. (Yes – Eric does remind me on a weekly basis that it’s really just a matter of word choice, and I’m doing the exact thing I make fun of. Someone give him a call right now and remind him that I say they are totally different.) But at least this way, I feel like goals are things I can constantly continue to work towards throughout the entire year. If I mess up a few days here and there, I’m not sunk. I can just get right back up and keep going. I also think goals are easier to edit and change throughout the year as your life, and your wants and needs change as well.
So let me quick jump down off my high horse here so I can share with you my four goals for 2015. If you’d like to hear what they are, then keep on reading. And if not, that’s totally cool too. I know these posts have the potential to get a little boring. I admit I like reading about other people’s goals and resolutions, but then again, I’m super nosy.
Goal 1: This year is my year to get healthy!
Not just on the outside (although yes, losing some weight is part of the goal as well) but on the inside too. I don’t know how many of you know this about me, but I do have some chronic health issues I’ve had the pleasure of dealing with. Some days I feel awesome, and some days I feel really downright crappy. At this point it’s just the luck of the draw for me. But I’ve decided that there has to be something more I can do. I’ve realized that if I’m not feeling well and feeling good about myself, there’s no way I will be able to help and support those around me, including my husband. So I’ve decided that this is the year I’m going to take charge of my health and make some serious changes, both inside and out.
Goal 2: This year we will get out of debt.
Between student loans, car payments, and a few large purchases that are still being paid off, Eric and I have ourselves a nice little mound of debt. I know that it could be a lot worse than it is, but it still drives us crazy. Especially when I pay my student loan payment every month and sigh over the number of pairs of shoes that money could have gotten me. ;)
My financial genius of a husband has come up with a plan for us to be completely debt free (besides our mortgage) by October 1st of 2015. It’s going to be an interesting journey, but I definitely think we can do it! If anyone would be interested, I would be happy to share little updates of how that is going for us over the next few months, and what we are doing to pay it off.
Goal 3: This year I will read through the entire Bible with my husband.
Eric and I have set a pretty large goal for ourselves this year in that we’d like to read through the entire Bible together in 2015. This will be good for us for so many reasons, but I love that it will give us things to talk about and discuss, and will force us to carve out some quality time together each night as well.
Goal 4: This year I will be more intentional with my time and my energy and use it to serve others.
Lately I’ve felt like I’ve really been wrapped up in my own “stuff” too much. This year, I want to use my free-time more wisely and to spend it helping out family members, “dating” my husband, or just spending time chatting with friends. I want to be more mindful of how I’m using my time, and to spend more of it connecting with and serving others. I want to not be so caught up in sticking to “my schedule,” and to be a little more carefree to go where the road takes me!
So tell me, what’s a goal you have for 2015? Let’s make it a meaningful year!