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I am not too zealous with resolutions because I’m fairly disciplined and don’t really need extra pressure.  Since they’re all things I really want to do, deep down, I figure some are bound to be realized.  So, last year each of us wrote one personal goal on a leaf and put it on the fridge as a yearly reminder.

Mine was to practice Proverbs 31:26:  “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.”

I am grateful as I say that, through a sometimes difficult year, God has helped me do this more and more.   It’s a subtle thing because I wasn’t walking around screaming insults at people, but I felt like the negative things happening around me were making a fertile environment for me to be negative.  It needed to be squelched and replaced.


This year my desire is to encourage and be encouraged.  Really, everything that word means, because I think that’s what I, and everyone around me, needs right now.  

Everything else was mostly fluff:   I wrote a pattern, kept strength training (eyes rolling), walked my little dog with the kids, took selective photos, and checked in on my neighbors, and transitioned completely to minimal running shoes.

I did not, however, use two boxes worth of stored yarn, or even one.   And, though I have a different vintage bike project in the works, it isn’t a tandem.  
I did nothing with the whole Spanish thing last year.  Sigh.   I did start reading before bed every night for a time, though I can’t seem to remember reading more than four or five books.  Eventually, however, habit won out and I ended many nights asleep with my husband on the couch, his arm around me, and something like Arrested Development still playing on the tv.  Oh well, there’s some value in down time together, too.  I’m not too worried about the reading issue because I recently learned to read while knitting, so the rapid death of brain cells is slowing already.  I am, however, reading Game of Thrones and so, depending on your tastes, you may think the brain cells are dying faster than ever.

Fluff and more fluff:

Maybe this will be the year of foreign language and music practice.  I hope.  I plan to learn something new in the martial arts realm via Sensei Youtube and pour concrete counters for my kitchen.   As far as the whole yarn things goes, I think I’m going to purge the collection of everything I don’t even like, then start from there, using all of the more recently acquired stuff.  That’s about it for lightweight goals.

So, encouragement…  “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the one who goes with you.  He will not leave you nor forsake you.”  Deuteronomy 31:6.  We could all use a little more courage.



Okay, you gotta hold me to this, now.  Have a blessed New Year my blogging/ photo/ knitting/diy/ lurking friends and Grandmommy!  

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