As we enter the New Year, many will be making goals, resolutions, and dreaming big dreams. I want to simply this year with my “New Year’s Resolution.” I am going to chose ONE WORD to focus my heart. A word to move me forward. A word to help me remember the past. A word to direct me. To keep me on track for my dreams for 2016. A word God can use to draw me closer to Him. I wrote about my word here. And here.
Today Emily shares her One Little Word for 2016.
When I first started thinking about my word for 2016, the only thing that kept popping into my mind was health. Immediately, I tried to disregard that thought. Health seemed so stereotypical for a New Year’s resolution; I wanted something concrete to work on, something deeper than just health. But, it was the only word that kept coming back to me, over and over again. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that health could mean so much more than the typical understanding of it.
The dictionary broadly defines health as “a general condition or state.” Yes, that can concern to our bodies, but it can also be applied to so many other areas of our lives. When I sat down to actually think about what health could mean for me in 2016, I realized that there are so many areas in my life that I want to make healthier.
Of course, there’s the obvious: me. I don’t think it is ever a bad thing to strive to be a little bit healthier. I’m hoping to find some kind of exercise to routine to get into because I am the laziest person when it comes to exercise; I just hate getting all sweaty and trying to find time to shower. Please tell me I’m not the only one who thinks this way… But, I also want to take some serious time to focus on my mental health as well. The past month or so has shown me that I’m not really where I want to be in that regard. I’m hoping sit down and actually to figure out what my needs truly are and then work to get them met. Honestly, I’m dreading the process, but I know it is probably the most important goal I can set for myself (and for my family as well).
Hand in hand with my mental health is my spiritual health. That hasn’t been where I think it should be either. I feel like I’ve just been going through the motions in this part of my life for a while; I hope to find a few concrete ways to really improve. My goal is to do a little more spiritual reading, spend more time in prayer and make a better effort to receive the sacraments more. I’m also looking for any of your favorite spiritual reading recommendations; feel free to share!
Also, while I’m confessing to be lazy about things, I want to put more effort into my marriage. It is another area that feels like it is getting neglected. I don’t like that feeling. My marriage is the most important thing and needs to be given top priority. Without it, nothing else functions properly. I got my husband a couple’s scripture study for us to walk through together. We’ve also discussed more regular date nights, both out and at home. I think as the year unfolds, we’ll find other ways to help cultivate our marriage to keep it strong and healthy; I looked forward to seeing what opportunities will come our way.
Lastly, I want to keep working to create a healthy home. We are approaching the three year mark in this house. Moving in, we had a flurry of activity to help make it the home we wanted it to be. Almost three years (and two babies) later, we haven’t really done much else. Obviously, we’ve fixed things as they’ve needed fixing, but not much other work has gone into it. I’m ready to get my hands messy again. I’ve already made my list of projects I’d like to complete this year to make this house healthy again. Some things are small and a couple are more major. I’m looking forward to putting some more sweat equity into our home. I think some refreshes of our surroundings will help promote health in all other areas as well.
So there you have it. Health isn’t quite a stereotypical as I first thought it was going to be and I find that very exciting. Here’s to a healthier 2016!
It is not the soul alone that should be healthy; if the mind is healthy in a healthy body, all will be healthy and much better prepared to give God greater service.
— St. Ignatius
Emily is a wife and stay-at-home mom living the Midwestern dream with her little family. She is a lover of chocolate, coffee and comfy sweaters. You can find out more about her and read her ramblings over at Raising Barnes.
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