We had a lesson in Relief Society (women's group at church) not long ago about being thankful. The teacher talked about how we have three major holidays grouped together at the end of each year and how one holiday should lead us to the next (she got the information from a guy who does talk radio, but I can't remember his name... sorry...). Anyway, the concept is that if you ("you" actually meaning "ME" or "I") really understand Thanksgiving and feel the true spirit of gratitude, then it should open your heart for Christ at Christmas time. And if you let Him into your life at Christmas, then you should be ready to change yourself with the coming of the new year. It was an interesting concept to me and one that I have given a lot of thought over the last few weeks. I'm not sure that I have the true spirit of gratitude or that my heart is really all that open, but I'm trying. And so, the next step is to change.
I thought if I posted a few things on here that maybe, perhaps, I'm hoping that it just might hold me more accountable. I might even design some kind of button for my sidebar that will link to this post... if I can figure out how to do that! So, here I go... my list of changes for 2008!
- Exercise at least 3 times a week for 15 minutes a day for 1 month. I know that's not a lot, but I did 15 minutes today and almost puked. I am REALLY out of shape. By the first of February I want to be exercising 4 times a week for 30 minutes a day. By March I want to be exercising 5 times a week for 45 minutes a day and by April it will be 60 minutes a day. If I can add days and minutes to my routine sooner, I will do it.
- I want to be a healthy eater. This will start by throwing out my "stash". Some of you may remember this bucket.... You may also remember that it is filled with this stuff.... It will be tossed. I will fill it with wheat to use in baking and and for sprouting to add to my diet and hopefully help put myself on a healthier path.
- I will read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover. This is part of an extended goal that lasts 4 years. 2 years ago I decided to read the Old Testament and the Pearl of Great Price - and I did. This year I read the New Testament - I have 3 chapters in Revelations left. Next year is the Book of Mormon and the year after that will be Doctrine and Covenants and Joseph Smith History. Hopefully I will have read all the standard works by the end of 2009!
- I will organize a closet or corner of my home each week. De-junk and take items to Good Will IMMEDIATELY. I will not hold onto things for "future garage sales". (This is a horrible habit of mine... I want to keep things so that we can have a yard/garage sale... so my house fills up with junk that I want to get rid of....)
So, that's my list. Only 4 things, but I feel like they are big things. I'm going to be asking for your help over the next few weeks... organizational tips, healthy recipes... those sorts of things! So get ready! 2008 is gonna be an AWESOME year!!