For many people New Years ushers in a set of new plans, resolutions or habits to establish. I haven't done that for years, although I do like to look realistically at myself and try to make changes that are needed. Last week, I was visiting a blog and she posted about Goals. In an effort to look at my life and see what I need to accomplish, I decided to write down some things for the New Year.
~Purge unnecessary items and organize
~Pack up and give away items no longer needed
~Organize and pack for our move
~Get the yard in shape
~Spend more time pursuing hobbies with hubby
~Continue to walk a minimum of 4 times a week
~Continue to bike with my BFF 4-5 times a week, minimum of 8 miles a day
~Resist buying items for the new house that are not a necessity
~Embrace loving family and friends
~Pursue relationships that build up and don't tear down. Be the friend that I want others to be to me.
~Stand up for myself when other people get in my face and yell or swear at me; let them know this is not o.k.-this does not refer to my family,they would never treat me like that!
~Draw boundaries when necessary, it will grow a healthier friendship.
~I will no longer allow others to bully, swear, yell at me because I am not meeting their expectations.
~Do not put myself in the situation that will provoke another's bullying; walk away when necessary
~Respect myself; if I heard someone treating a loved one like the way I've been talked to, I would be there defending them-so why not do that for myself
~Forgive those who have offended and hurt me
~Extend mercy and grace whenever possible
~Try to model the way Jesus lived. Let my life model His Love poured out to others; realize this does not mean being a doormat for others
~Love as if it is my last day and let others know how much I love and value them
~Again, be the friend I want others to be to me. Shower love on others, they may not have another person that does
Please know that I am not sharing these to whine or complain, but to remind myself that I can choose what is acceptable to me and what is definitely not.
Seize the day, dear friends. I hope to see your goals for this New Year!
Joy to you!
Noreen and an ever present shadow, Hunter
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