Can you believe its almost 2016? Yes, Twenty Sixteen! Have you made any new year’s resolutions yet? Here are 7 of mine:
- Pray Pray Pray
Spend time every day with God. Read Scripture. Read my Magnificat. Do a bible study. Pray as a family / couple every day. Continue to journal.
2. Find a place for everything
I’m really trying to declutter, downsize and get organised. I made a big effort to donate items and clear out during Advent, and I have no plans to stop. Its too easy to get attached to things of this world and accumulate stuff. My goal is to find a place for everything, or throw it out!
3. Health and Fitness
I lost quite a few pounds in 2015, through a combination of diet and exercise. As I have somewhat abandoned the diet, the weigh loss has plateaued, so I intend to get back on track in 2016 and lose the last stone!
I also aim to run at last 15k a week (3 x 5k), and complete a 10k in the first half of the year. I took up running after having my daughter, and did my first 10k last year- hopefully I will complete it in a faster time this year!
4. Find a place for technology
My number one resolution for 2015 was to read more on paper than on screen, which I think I achieved. As a mother of a growing girl, I am increasingly aware of the impact of my tech use on her life. I am also currently reading Reclaiming Conversation by psychologist Sherry Turkle. This podcast is well worth a listen.
So, 2016 will involve a digital detox, and hopefully I will find a happy, practical balance.
5. Read Read Read
In 2016, I hope to rediscover my inner bookworm, which I lost while doing my BA, about 15 years ago.
Reading list to follow!
6. Be Grateful
I am (also) currently reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. Voskamp’s perspective and life is transformed when she starts counting her gifts and graces, even amid the pain that life throws up.
In 2016, I am going to start counting my own gifts, the things I am grateful for.
7. Learn 1000 words in Irish
My husband is fluent in Irish and speaks as Gaeilge to our daughter. I don’t want to miss anything!
Also, I hope to learn several prayers and parts of the Mass including:
- Hail Mary
- Lamb of God
- the second part of the ‘Our Father’
- Holy Holy
This will come in handy when the priest slips into Irish, as occasionally happens here in Ireland!
Do you have any goals for 2016? I would love to hear from you 🙂 Happy new year!
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