Yes, I do realize that it's already January 8th and that for most folks, they've already given up on their resolutions for the new year.
Procrastination is my middle name. So..
1. Start everyday with prayer. Check! I've been doing this for a few weeks already. Upon waking, tripping over my feet going down the stairs, and turning on the coffee pot, I grab my prayer book and go through the Morning Offering.
"O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day
for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart,
in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world,
for the salvation of souls, the reparation for sins, the reunion of all Christians,
and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father this month. Amen."
and then I close with..
God be in my head, and in my understanding;
God be in my eyes, and in my looking;
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking;
God be in my heart, and in my thinking;
God be at my end, and at my departing.
2. Pay off all debts and medical bills except for the car and house. We will be able to check this one off in late February! (happy dance!)
3. Cut my hair. I know this a silly thing to put on a resolutions list, but hear me out. My hair grows really fast. I chopped it all off back in March of 2011.
And I've been letting it grow ever since. I'm really not sure why, because I actually prefer short hair on myself. So after almost two years of growing it out, I've found myself becoming attached to my hair. That's why I want to cut it. It's just hair. Not something that deserves such attachment issues. Annnnd I'm deep in the throws of postpartum hair loss. It's the worst I've ever experienced after any pregnancy. My once thick hair is now very thin and just...not cute. So yeah..chopping the hairs. Soon!
4. Take saving money
a little a lot more seriously. Starting with..my phone contract is up in March, and I'm very seriously considering doing away with my iphone and going strictly with a prepaid dinosaur of a phone. I feel like I spend waaaay too much time (and money!) attached to social media and ridding myself of my own personal Narnia might help curb that addiction and save some dough. We'll see if I can pry the smart phone out of my hands come March.
5. Continue with last year's resolution. Maybe we'll actually finish the kitchen this year. Maybe. Probably not.
6. Monthly confessions.
7. Stop keeping score. This is really important to me. I used to think that marriage was a lot of give and a lot of take. I was wrong. It should just be a lot of give. Instead of just doing something kind for le husband out of love for him, I would often ask myself (very snottily), "well, what has he done for me lately?"
That kind of attitude is stupid. Really, really stupid and really, really, selfish. And doesn't serve any purpose other than to make myself miserable and bitter. So this year, I'm just going to love. I'm going to serve out of love, not entitlement. Make sense?