This is probably the least prepared I’ve been for writing a resolutions post. Not sure what that means for the success rate, but let’s do this thing!! First a recap of my 2018 resolutions. They were:
Success rate? Meh. Obviously, I got a book deal, so I definitely made progress on #7. But what about the rest?
So then, what are my plans for the coming year? Currently I feel overwhelmed by everything on my plate; moving, finishing a book, organizing a conference, planning talks for a couple conferences, plus all the usual homeschooling, housekeeping, and general keeping people alive. The thought of adding more to my plate seems downright scary! So for now, I’m keeping it simple. I want to instill the following daily habits:
Even saying the rosary when I’m out driving doesn’t mean I have a habit of daily prayer. Its more like I pass through periods of time when I don’t forget to pray. I’m putting mindfulness on the list because while I know more frequent prayer will help my restless soul, I need the habit of mindfulness to clear my mind to pray better and to be open to hearing what God is saying to me. I notice an improvement in many areas (productivity, patience with my kids, participation in Mass) when I’m regularly practicing mindfulness. (I’ve written about Catholic Mindfulness before, and I can’t recommend this course enough! I’m restarting it as part of an New Year’s 8- week challenge.)
I like these resolutions because they don’t burden me, but will enable me to accomplish what’s already on my plate with less stress, anxiety, worry, and anger (which is good for the rest of my family too). I created a ‘Goals’ board in Trello, so as I feel more or less inspired through the year, I can update or modify my resolutions, as well as set specific, small steps towards making each resolution a habit. Because that’s the key- reaching a point of doing something without having to be reminded; of realizing that not doing it would feel weird.
But no year would be complete without a new saint, (mockable) word, and beast. Jen’s random generators gave me St. Teresa Margaret Redi, and the word “Recalibrate”. St. Teresa is a new one to me, so I’m off to learn more, and the word makes me feel like I’m going to turn into a GPS or something. But what about a beast? How about the Hydra!
This beast is a multi-tasker who doesn’t mess around! You try to stop him, and he comes back twice as strong! I’ll bet he maintains a regular prayer life and mindfulness practice. Look how calm and focused that middle head is! Just try to chop it off and it will come back double to bite you in the butt!
Do what you can, with all the heads you have, wherever you are.The Hydra (inspired by Theodore Roosevelt)
I’m coming for you 2019! What are your resolutions? Did you make any? Write them down then link them up below. Be sure to include a link back to this post so your readers can find the rest of the Quick Takes. I look forward to reading your posts!
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