This is not a list of resolutions!

I’ve never been much of a resolution maker. I guess I just don’t see the specialness of January 1st. In my head, it’s just another day and I’ll either do something good with it or I won’t…

Although I dig the thought of ringing in the New Year with the clinking of glasses and a public make-out session at the stroke of midnight, El Chupacabra and I stayed in last night. We played Mexican Train with my brother and his new wife, and we guzzled diet Coke and ate Reese’s Pieces. You couldn’t exactly call it an “epic” night – but I did laugh so hard I almost peed my pants, and that counts for quite a lot in my book.

We talked a lot about resolutions. The general consensus seemed to be that New Years Resolutions are just stupid. But, at the same time, we all had certain hopes for the coming year, certain things we’re planning on getting done, certain traits we’d like to trade in for something better. New Years Eve is as good a time as any to set goals and act as a marker for stuff like getting fit and organizing closets and spending less money on random crap. Normal stuff. My sis-in-law and I spent the entire afternoon trying on running shoes, so I could hardly deny the fact that I’ve been feeling a little spurred by the coming of 2011.

So, yeah, there are things I’d like to do this year, projects I’d like to start and finish, habits I’d like to break and others I’d like to build, goals I’d like to attain. I’m writing them here so that at the end of this year I’ll have a place to look, to see what I set out to do, and then to measure my level of suckage against it. (Let’s face it, the real reason I hate resolutions is that I lack resolve of any sort.)

So this is not a list of resolutions. This is my “In 2011, I hope to” list:

Enjoy coffee more (not to be confused with ‘enjoy more coffee’).

Not be a fatty.

Sleep more at night and less during the day.

Serve my husband in ways that honor his gifts and talents (and other, kinkier ways, too *wink wink*).

Speak more Spanish.

Be the kind of Mom whose kids call home after they move out.

Talk more about why I think the Church is awesome, even in all its wonky brokenness.

Write. something that doesn’t fit in a blog post.

Grow up…. ya know, a liiittle.

Point to ——–> Jesus.

…. …. …. ….

Like I said, I’m not much of a resolution maker. Even as I type this out, I find myself questioning my own resolve to be a better person – wondering if this time next year I will regret having put this out there for my little blog world to see. But I’m going to hit ‘post’ anyway, because today is January 1st and I can either do something good with it… or not.

Cheers to a New Year, friends! A year filled with the outrageous goodness of God and the awesomeness found in a life of following Jesus! Here’s to you, and to me, and to the beauty and mystery of all of us fitting together to be the Church. Here’s to a Savior who not only gives us a new day, but lets us decide for ourselves what to do with it.

Happy, Happy New Year!

What about you – Are you a resolution maker? What’s on your list??


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