From the Heart

2015 New Year’s Resolutions

January 4, 2015
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New Years resolutions get a bad rap – unjustly so. Sure, sometimes our resolutions waiver, but that’s life. We make resolutions knowing that they won’t be kept perfectly, but just taking a moment, at the beginning of a new year, to reflect on the past and plan for the future gives us a feeling of new life, new hope even.

Below are a few resolutions that I hope to keep this year.

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein 

I’d love to make this blog a success fiscally, but that’s not my overall goal. My goal is that you find it to be of value to you and your life each week be it through recipes or home improvement. I’m looking to also expand into more personal posts, so maybe that will help encourage and create value to you.

“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn

I have a bad habit of letting the day run me. Often, I start the day with no real plans so I waste time on my phone or wandering around the house like a mom without a mission. I once read some advice about learning to write down your plans for the next day the night before so that when you wake, you don’t waste valuable time “planning the day” when you could have already started. My goal is exactly that – to plan my day the night before.

 

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“It’s not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.” – Ann Landers

I’m no expert at parenting, but I do know that children respond much better to constructive communication when they are being reprimanded versus just being scolded. I know there isn’t always time to sit down and communicate with them how their poor actions show the depravity of their heart, and how much they need a Savior, or how their poor actions hurt others and themselves, but it’s worth the effort to do the best I can in taking the time to constructively teach them how to be mature, loving, grateful, and responsible human beings. My goal – take more time in the Word to teach my heart how to love the way God loves us, and to teach my children the same. Responsibility, gratefulness and maturity will follow.

“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

Oh, how this resonates with me. This is a truth that never fails me. “Count your blessings, name them one-by-one, and you’ll be surprised at what the Lord has done.” – Johnson Oatman Jr. I lack for nothing. If I did though, if I lost it all, I would still have Salvation through Jesus Christ. No man or power can take that away. And for that alone, I can always count my blessings.

 

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I’d love to hear some of your resolutions for the New Year! Cheers to 2015!

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply Lou Ann Keiser January 5, 2015 at 8:05 am

    I like this very much, especially your use of the quotations. It’s a fresh, practical approach to the New Year! God bless you!

    • Reply Vintage to Vogue Revivals January 5, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply Donna Barnes January 4, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Love this Blog post and you all! Have a very Happy & Blessed New Year!
    Aunt Donna & family

    • Reply Vintage to Vogue Revivals January 5, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      Happy New Year!

    Let me hear from you!