May Resolution: Pray

May’s resolution came at a very appropriate time. Recently I’ve felt a little beaten down. Turning on the news is enough to make you believe the world is going a little crazy. Pair that with the minor health issues I’ve been experiencing and it’s been a painful few weeks. I’ve had a hard time doing just about anything (eating, sleeping, exercising, working, etc…) 

I have felt completely helpless. A little more faith is exactly what I need. Actually heading to church to pray on Sundays is one thing, but my May resolution will extend beyond that. I want it to touch every part of my life throughout the week.

I’m going to focus on letting go of anxieties and the things I can’t change. I need to accept and trust that the world works in mysterious ways that I may not understand right now. While it will be important to pray on things that I don’t have any power over, it will be equally important to give thanks for all the good in my life. And there’s a lot of it!

I always immediately try to fix anything that’s wrong (with me or otherwise). I think that I possess the power to stop the bad things from happening and make everything better. You can imagine this doesn’t always work out in my favor, which has been especially evident recently. My goal is to become more aware of letting go of the things I can’t change. I’m going to accept the fact that maybe I can’t feel okay all the time, and that placing my faith somewhere outside of myself is okay. And sometimes, necessary.

January Resolution: Care

I’m tackling a new resolution each month this year. For January, my action word is ‘care.’ This can take on many different meanings: to care for family and friends; to care for strangers; to care for myself.

I’m going to encompass all three into January, which will focus on random acts of kindness. While I already consider myself a caring person, I’d like to become more actively involved and step out of my comfort zone. My goal is to carry this type of behavior throughout the rest of the year and beyond.

By the time January 31 rolls around, I will have accomplished the following:

  1. Donate used books to a local library
  2. Hold the door open for others whenever the occasion arises
  3. Pay the Starbucks’ tab for the person behind me in the drive-thru
  4. Send birthday cards to family/friends
  5. Donate blood
  6. Comment on three blogs/week
  7. Be polite on the road
  8. Leave five recommendations on LinkedIn
  9. Bring coworkers a special treat
  10. Send flowers to a local nursing home

While I feel like most of these are common sense, they’re often put on the back burner. Not anymore! I can’t wait to report back at the end of the month… where I’ll hopefully be able to check off a few other items as well!