My New Year’s Resolutions…In September.

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!

  1. Read through the whole Bible in a year (or at least by December 31st).
  2. 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 🙂

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6 thoughts on “My New Year’s Resolutions…In September.

  1. Sarah Rose says:

    Yes, Stacey! I love this! You are doing such a good job following through on the dreams you wrote about in your last post! I love the idea of starting these things now and making new habits!

    For me, per a recent relationship conversation, my resolution is to be more sensitive and aware of what I actually want and assert that when it’s important to me! 🙂

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    • Stacey says:

      Thanks lady! It’s fun to find friends to do this blogging thing with and watch the journeys that we all take as we write and create! Happy to do this with you!

      And that is a really awesome resolution – so needed and yet one that we don’t always do with much awareness. So good.

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  2. Debra says:

    Isn’t it just wonderful when you begin to connect with other bloggers? It was such a surprise to me, too, when I began, Stacey, and I have made some real friends. I’m actually going to San Diego next week and will be spending a couple of days with two blogging friends. Four years or so ago I didn’t even know them! So enjoy the surprise of it all and you’re entirely right–be yourself! You’ll meet the people you’re supposed to connect with; they will want to know YOU. And you sure do make me laugh with NY resolutions in September! I like the way you think, and I’m sure given this much attention to both the Bible reading plan and your exercise routines and goals, there is little doubt in my mind that you’ll find a way to make it work! Keep it up, Stacey!

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    • Stacey says:

      Most definitely! I was thinking about it some more the other day and I realized in some ways, bloggers have this fun connection with one another. You really do sometimes pour out your little heart and thoughts onto the page (well, webpage) and when someone connects with you on what you’ve just poured out, it is something sort of magical. I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes! I see so many bloggers who have been doing it for years and I know it’s all a work in progress for me, too. And I’m happy to have made you laugh! I do think of you often as I craft my posts 😉 Sending you lots of love from KC!

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