Did any of you ever run for school class president? You know when you make the big “vote for me” speech, and you have all these grand ideas and your delivery skills are just on point, and then you do get elected? And then you’re like, “Wait, now I need to do all those things I talked about.”
If you’ve read my last post on disliking fair rides and following my dreams, then you’ll know why I have felt like the school class president for the past couple of days. The post brought a surprising amount of blogger-world traffic my way (which when I started this blog, I had no idea such a world existed). Also, by “a surprising amount” I mean like a few other really cool bloggers started to follow my blog and liked my posts.
But back to the point – what was I supposed to write about next?!
I started rolling around all these ideas in my brain. My thoughts went from sharing about the day I met my husband to cooking Korean food, then to talking about fall (my favorite season!) to my conversations with the Lord as of late. None of my ideas seemed to be good follow ups to the last post. So then, I came to the ultimate best thought ever – “You know what?! Whatever. I’m just going to be myself.” Good stuff, right??
So here’s the “whatever” that has been on my mind the last 24-48 hours.
I know it’s September and we’re barely making our way into fall. But I have this kind of bad (sometimes good) habit of thinking ahead. So of course, I got to thinking about New Year’s resolutions for 2016.
See, I have this love/hate relationship with them. I love them because I get all excited in the moment and I really do feel I have this fresh start on life. But then right about January 21st, I hate them. I hate them because I’ve already utterly failed and since I’ve already fallen off the boat, I might as well not get back on again until next January 1st.
I remembered hearing somewhere about the “it takes 21 days to form a new habit.” Somewhere else I read or heard that if you’re still doing your New Year’s resolution by March 10th then you’re pretty much set for life. A quick search on Google brought up this article from the Huffington Post that looked at a study done by a health psychology researcher from University College London. The results? It takes on average, 66 days for a behavior to become automatic. In the study, some took 18 days while others took 254 days (kudos to that person!).
Thus began my plan called “Stacey will WIN New Year’s Resolutions in 2016!” Here’s the insanely (or just insane) brilliant idea. I’m going with the average time needed to form a habit, which is about two months. If I start now, then I have about three and a half months (of course, giving myself some time to “fall off the boat” but get back on this time!) to make my resolution a habit. Also, if I lose steam between now and real New Years, I’ll just “recommit” and start out with everyone else :).
Apparently, September 8th is January 1st in my world.
So what are my resolutions? I always seem to have the same two, so here they are again, ready to be conquered!
- Read through the whole Bible in a year (or at least by December 31st).
- Exercise more (okay, super vague…I know…).
I came across this really cool Bible reading plan on my app that goes through the Bible chronologically (so in the order that the books and chapters would have occurred in “real life”). Fun fact – did you know that Job was contemporaneous to Abraham? I’ll be reading the book of Job just around the time that I read Genesis 12.
Okay so the “exercise more” one. The husband and I have experimented with ways that we can be active together. We started with tennis. Except that I have no hand-eye coordination. We did running for like a day and then winter happened (I know winter ended but that’s beside the point). Then we decided to be active separately (him doing basketball and me doing my YouTube Pilates). Now I’m onto the biking together kick. This time, we’re trying to be prepared for “real winter” so we’re thinking about getting a gym membership. We shall see how things pan out by real January 1st.
Now that I’ve told the blogging world and the whole internet of my resolutions plan, I’ll hopefully feel the good kind of pressure to stick to it.
What are your September New Year’s resolutions? 😉
Read here for an updated version of my “actual” resolutions for 2016 🙂