Only Four

You may have heard this little verse....

Something you want
Something you need
Something to wear 
Something to read

Each year, we use this to decide what to give our kids for Christmas. It has simplified gift-giving and helps me keep perspective on outrageous consumerism of the holidays. The other day, I was sort of reviewing Christmas and thinking about the new year. My mind was overwhelmed with the hundreds of things that I need to work on. Then, suddenly it hit me. Why not approach my New Year's resolutions using the same idea?

So first things first: I set a goal to take my own advice. Check. And then, for my New Year's Resolutions, I chose one goal from each category.

There probably isn't a soul alive that doesn't already do each of the basic things I am determined to do. But let's face it....well...actually let's not. I don't want to get into the particulars of my lackluster discipline. Besides, this blog is supposed to be family friendly.

So here are my goals for 2010. Officially in writing. So I can't officially cop out.

want to be a better mom
I pledge to make a hot, homemade breakfast at least once / week. (Sounds easy, but this is going to be a killer. I tell you....a KILLER)

need to be better hydrated
I pledge to drink at least 6-8 glasses of water at least 5 days / week.

wear a countenance of joy
I pledge to do an act of service once a month for someone besides my family. (My mom does this daily...and I'm hoping for once a month. Oh the shame.) I loved what my friend's father used to say: If I give, I will always have it to give. 

read the scriptures and memorize poetry.
I pledge to read from the Old Testament daily and memorize two poems.

That's it. Although, it will provide me with an uncomfortable stretch. Especially since I'm taking Statistics and may soon not have any fingernails. Or hair. I may be wearing a bald countenance of joy.

Good luck with your resolutions!


LGH said...

WOW, I really love these..they are practical, yet you'll be stretched. Since one of your goals is similar to mine; read from the OT, I want to tell you about a book that you should get; it is awesome and it so helps one understand the OT, because it is essentially the Old Testmanet, but it has so many helps, pictures, definitions, clarifications, footnotes. It has made my
reading so much fun because I understand! It's "The Old Testament for Latter-Day-Saint Families." It's pricey, but SO worth it!

Good luck, and I hope to see you at the drinking fountain (thanks for the reminder to stay hydrated - a real problem for me.)

Nat said...

I actually have never heard this verse before. But it is a brilliant adaptation for Christmas. What a great idea! I love it. And I love how you have used it for your resolutions for the new year. Good luck with everything!

LoriPhdinme said...

Lofty, yet worthy, goals considering all you already have on your plate. BTW...does hot breakfast include milk left on the counter poured over instant oatmeal count?

Mrs. Olsen said...

I follow that Christmas guide as well! It's a good one. I love your application for the year. Keep it up!

Mrs. Olsen said...

BTW, I recently heard the new poet laureate on NPR and I loved some of the poems they recited on the wire. Her name is Kay Ryan in case you want to check her out.


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