340 days, 20 hours, 22 minutes
from the time I began composing this post before I turn 40! I cannot believe I just wrote that number! I distinctly remember, like it was only yesterday, turning 30. I had our first child six months before. I didn't really like turning 30 all that much. Lots has happened in my thirties. I believe I have changed more during this decade than any other in my life. Some good, some not so much.
Anyway, I told a friend the other day, "I want to be 40 and fit, not 40 and flabby! (The latter of which, is my current state, unfortunately! ugh!) During a fundraising event I attended in December, and I'm chuckling as I write this, because it was called A Chocolate Affair, and we ate wonderful chocolate treats, I won the silent auction bid on a 30-day membership to a local fitness center. So, next week, I will march my flabby self into the fitness center and cash in my 30-day membership, including the personal trainer to tell me what to do to get myself on the right course! Yay me!
So, that's one of my goals or resolutions this year. I would also like to read more, memorize another chapter in the Bible (I've almost completed Colossians with my friend Rachel), eat less but better foods, read to my kids more, love them better, get outdoors more, drink more water and wine, take better care of myself, get to know something new about the love of my life, be intentional and purposeful in my everyday living, and make some changes around my house and yard.
I would like to learn how to sew...more than pillows. I would love to have a sewing mentor who would come to my house and teach me the ins and outs of sewing. I want to make my kids cool and cute things to wear...especially Carleigh, since a lot of the clothes available for her are more than hoochy! I want to make slip covers for my furniture and curtains for our rooms.
I would like to learn how to knit or crochet or whatever it is called. Maybe that dream will come true. A couple of friends of mine and I meet every week, and one of them is trying to line someone up to come teach us. Very cool!
I think it might be kinda cool to do a triatholon. (crazy, I know.)
I would like to be at peace. I feel completely unsettled. I yearn for a deeper relationship with the Father and others in my life.
I feel like my kids are growing up too fast. I want them to stay little for a while longer. I want to mold them into God-fearing, God-loving, and bold witnesses for Him. Sometimes I think I would love to homeschool them.
I want to slow down life. I don't like to hurry, but it seems like I am in a constant state of hurry. It makes me tired.
I want to be a better steward of our finances. I want to do a better job of meal planning, watch for sales on essentials, find coupons for the things I need, start special accounts for Christmas, clothes, and entertainment. I hate money. I wish we didn't have to have it.
How about you? Any resolutions or changes for 2012?