It is closer to the new year than it is to the last year’s beginning. That is hard to believe. So, I took a look back at my resolutions:
notice and be grateful for simple things in my life
do something healthy for myself each day, such as: run, walk, ride, pray, write, read, eat something good for my mind, body and spirit
stay in closer touch with my friends and make more effort to get to see them, no matter how far away
So, how did I do:
I started a thankful journal, but lost track of it. I also made sure I prayed each and every day to thank God for specific blessings in my life and I was blessed for having prayed these thanks. I can do more here and may try to find that journal.
I run five days a week, and now try to ride our new bike a couple of days too. I walk on the two days I don’t run-my physical activity has been steady and I feel very good about it. My good friend, Elaine, came down every week in June and we rode. I await the horses return from their summer job in the mountains. I need to read more; I listen to books while I drive all the time, but it doesn’t seem quite the same. I pray every morning on my run-it sets the tone of my whole day. now I’m working on reminding myself mid-way through the day of those prayers. I write every day. I need to be more focused on my sequel. I have made a concerted effort to change my eating to the healthier habits I had three years ago and I’ve done well! I’ve always struggled with cholesterol, which is odd considering how healthy I am, but in the last six months, I’ve brought it down almost a hundred points. I think it is the coffee and dark chocolate; others think it is the oatmeal and avocado.
I’ve reached out more to my friends in L-town. Spending hike day with Elaine every week this summer was wonderful. It would’ve been so easy to claim the long drive or the unending chores, but I made time and I’m so blessed for it. I figure I can sleep in my next life; who has time now? 🙂
There is more I can be doing, but it has been a great year so far. A check-in with myself was just what I needed to kick myself in the behind and strive for more. How about you?
I’m glad you have the space to breathe and walk. 🙂
I didn’t make any resolutions, because they are too hard to keep! But along with you, I am walking almost every day for my own health and to be in better shape for Jana. Reading? Yes, always! Books feel so good in my hands and the smell of them reminds me of the print shop. Grateful. For you, for Steve, for life after church, for new beginnings in school. For. So. Many. Things.