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How To Make New Year's Resolutions

Today might be one of my favorite days of the year.  The first day back into the old routine after the upheaval brought about by a vacation from everything from eating right to bedtimes and beyond.  

The big boys are back in their classes at school just down the road, my husband is farther down the road for work and my littlest is so giddy to be back in this house with his own toys that he is tucked away upstairs, happily conversing with himself.

And I?  Well, I am soaking in the sunlit silence at my computer desk.  No Christmas tunes playing, no DS games dinging, just pure, sweet silence and the occasional gust of wind on the window screens.

Today is my day to re-organize my brain.  Time to settle down with a cup of coffee and an assortment of calendars to fill in the crisp white squares with color-coded obligations.  Time to seriously decide if I am making any resolutions this year, and if so, how to go about it.  

Yesterday at lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant, I asked my sons and husband to tell me their resolutions. A few of their responses were:

~Learn to play piano and hockey
~Try harder in basketball
~Spend more time with the family
~Train for an Iron man (?!?!)

Then I posed a different take on the same question, "What might God want you to set as a resolution for this year?"

After some quiet thinking they had slightly different goals:

~Control my temper better
~Fight less with my brothers 
~Pay more attention at Mass

Funny thing is that no one asked me what my resolutions were and I was glad because I would take a lot longer to answer and may have put them to sleep in their queso.  But today, this strange new day of the strange new year 2012, I will devote some time to planning ahead, organizing my brain, and asking God what He would have me resolve to do in the 363 days stretching before me all crisp and white and clean.

What about you?  Do you make resolutions?  If so, please leave a link and I would enjoy reading about them on your blog.


  1. "Asleep in their queso..." that quote made me giggle and it gave me the perfect picture of what might have happened.

    My oldest is back to school today and I'm pretty excited to get back to our routine as well.

    So glad to see you joined up with commit2write. It should be a fun road!

  2. I haven't had a chance to write a post yet, but I basically pray about resolutions for a few weeks before, and even after. I would rather start a great resolution after January 1st, than close my ears to what God might be asking me to do on January 1st. When I am praying about it, I try to be as quiet (mentally) as possible so that I can actually HEAR what I am being told. I try to have some practical resolutions and some spiritual.

  3. Great exercise with your family, I think I will borrow it.

    I finally got around to writing about my goals for 2012:

  4. Thanks for some nice ideas and thoughts! Thank you for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday. We would love to have you come back next Saturday and share more of your incredible ideas. -The Sisters


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