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New Year’s Resolutions–Stretching Myself

We all have them, whether or not we admit it.  We may not do the do-or-die resolutions like many people do, but we all have reasons why we look forward to the new year, new beginnings, and a chance to do something differently in the next year.  What is it for you?

This January I will be starting my diet again, to lose the last 7 pounds I didn’t lose this summer, plus the five I’ve put on during the stress (and food!) of the holiday season.  But I wouldn’t call that a New Year’s resolution, as it is more of a short-term plan that I’ve had since September.

I think for me, I want my New Year’s resolution to be something creative and fun.  A new hobby or habit I want to pick up–something that will challenge and inspire me.  A 365 day photo project on this blog?  A thought of the day from Proverbs?  Maybe it is reading daily, a hobby I used to love but have lost the time for the past few years.  I used to devour large books in only a few days–now I struggle to read a whole book in months.  Maybe it is a nightly ‘date’ with my husband, fifteen minutes a day?  We did that once, and it did our marriage a world of good!

I don’t know what it will be, but I know that I desperately need it.  I’m burnt out from overworking for two years now.  I need to be doing something creative and expressive to relieve that stress and bring a vibrant part of my personality back to life.  I don’t know which one of those I will pick, but I know I need to do something!  One of the hesitations I have is knowing that I have ADHD.  While I mean well and a 365 day project sounds good–I’m not sure I will be able to follow through with it.  Still, I know that it is an idea I’ve been fascinated by for a couple of years now.  I know it would be good for me in so many ways–especially in challenging me to develop a long-term habit.  It would stretch me in new ways!

So tell me, what are you changing in the new year?  If you’re not a resolution kind of person, what about the new year offers the most hope and promise to you?

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