- SPIRITUAL IMPROVEMENT. A good friend of mine told me about a tradition in her family every year on Christmas Eve. In order to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, members of her family decide individually and collectively what gift they will give to Christ the coming year. They write these gifts down, then store them in some sort of box that is brought out again the following year (to see how they fared). This resolution could include daily scripture study, more personal prayers, less swearing, etc. :-)
- FINANCIAL. Given our current economic situation, this may be hard to tackle. Perhaps that's why it should be pretty close to the top of your goal list. Make financial freedom a priority! Get out of debt! One way to do this, is to track your spending more closely. Create a budget. At our house, we have a "receipt basket." At the end of each day, I empty my receipts into this basket, then at least weekly, we enter them into our budget. We use Quicken, but I also really like Pear Budget. It's simple, easy to use, and online. I have friends who also have "spending journals." Write down EVERYTHING, then determine whether what you bought was a need or a want. Cut back on the wants (clothing, accessories, eating out, etc.) and apply the savings toward debt. Also, eliminate credit card spending...use a debit card that offers rewards!
- FAMILY. This is very individual, but one of my goals is to be better at sitting down together as a family at meal time. I don't want the precious time I have with my little ones slip away!
- FITNESS. Does anyone EVER have a list of resolutions that doesn't include fitness goals? Even fitness guru's can find ways to improve. What is your goal? To lose weight? To tone up? To exercise more regularly? To eat more healthily? Let 2009 be your year to do it!
There are so many MORE areas of life to improve. Get a new job/promotion. Take a vacation. Go back to school. Learn something new. Quit smoking/other addiction. The possibilities are ENDLESS!
Instead of just writing a list this year, try creating a dream board. Cut out pictures of what you want your life to look like. Post it where you'll see it regularly, and see where it takes you.
What are your goals and dreams for 2009?