It’s that time again. A new year has begun and it’s time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the next!
Here are a few “resolutions” for 2014. (Though these are numbered, they are not ranked as most important.)
1. Eat Healthier
I will never have the self-control or desire to follow a strict diet that allows no yummy pleasures like bread and sweets, but this year I resolve to eat more greens and less sweets. Fast food meals will be for emergencies only! A different diet takes time and discipline, but the benefits outweigh the temporary delight of bad foods.
2. Drink More Tea
I have a caffeine addiction that I am not willing to give up — coffee, tea, chocolate, pop — I love them all. This year I resolve to drink less pop and eat less chocolate and drink more tea! The Huffington Post has a great article about the health benefits of drinking tea, everything from helping lower blood pressure to boosting immune system. Read it here. While tea doesn’t have the amount of caffeine that coffee and pop do, replacing a cup of tea for a Dr. Pepper is a must this year!
3. Get Organized
Creative, artistic, relaxed — these are a few words that describe those whose lives are a little cluttered. While keeping a perfect room, house, car, and life are unrealistic goals for me, organizing different aspects in my life can lead to less stress and being happier. This is a little change that can have dramatic effects!
4. Exercise More
Exercising is so hard for me. When I have down time, going to the gym is not on the top of my list. I know how important is to feeling healthy, though. There are so many great sources that have diet and exercise plans. This is a great link to get started this year!
5. Read, Memorize, & Study More Scripture
God’s word is so powerful! Part of staying healthy is keeping my spiritual walk healthy. Struggles and strongholds will always occur, but God promises fulfillment in Matthew 5:6 — “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Daily filling my mind and spirit with His word is refreshing and strengthening.
6. Read More
Reading can increase our vocabulary, diction, and imagination. Why not take the time to read a new novel, article, poem, or short story? Nothing can replace a good book, and having a younger generation see us put down our phones and pick up a book can be key for literacy in the future!
7. Have “Me Time”
So many things are vying for our attention on a daily basis — work, TV, music, politics, people. It is important to me to spend alone time. When I am constantly with people and filling my time, I find myself getting cranky. Having that alone time to just relax is important to keeping a healthy life.
These are just a few things that I want to work on this year. 2014 will bring on many changes like college graduation and entering the real world! All I can say is, bring it on 2014!