2009 Intentions

Dec 30, 2008

New Year’s resolutions are overrated.

Sorry for the rain if you’re in the parade, but here’s the deal: if we’re all so resolute about our resolutions, the gym wouldn’t thin out by February. And why January 1? If it is important enough to resolve to do it, shouldn’t the resolution be established before January 1? Like when the conviction initially hits? When I started Seven4Seven back in November (a read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year project. Try it. You’ll like it.), a couple people said I should wait for January 1 and make it a New Year’s thing. My thought: If it’s important, why put it off for two months? Seems to me the hype of New Year’s is a breeding ground for well-intentioned efforts that don’t pan out, whether it’s due to fizzling resolve or unexpected interruptions. I’d rather do something and finish, even if it means starting in November.

Okay, in spite of my disdain for New Year’s Resolutions, I totally agree that goals are a good idea, regardless of the month or date. It’s healthy to figure out what you want life to look like and develop a plan to get there.

Sooooooooo, in an effort to play well with others, I’ve put together my personal list of 2009 New Year’s resolutions intentions. Barring any unforeseen interruptions, these will be my focus for the following 12 months:

  1. Pray more, worry less
  2. Go on another mission trip. Or two. Or twelve.
  3. Train and race in another half marathon and/or triathlon
  4. Submit the stuff I write. Imagine that.
  5. Pray more, worry less (did I say that already?)
  6. Buy less stuff, dang it
  7. Finish reading the Book
  8. Give my job 110%
  9. Give the people in my life 150%
  10. Allow grace and forgiveness to trump (this is SO much tougher than all the rest. Seriously.)

Your turn: What’s YOUR 2009 going to look like?


  1. alece

    i’m also a non-resolute person. i’ve never played well with others.

    i liked reading “submit the stuff i write”. you go girl.

  2. Darcie

    Ugh. I lost my entire comment b/c I forgot to do the code thing (I’m a vertical person and the login stuff on the side throws me)

    I made a concentrated effort to NOT key in on the click of the clock. What purpose does it serve to come up with Darcie-created hopes and expectations for 2009 only to have them dashed on sharp rocks. I’m gonna let God do what He does and follow your lead by having an intention to pray more, worry less. My life is so high stress, peace is hard to find. But God never changes. Circumstance doesn’t shape Him.

    Yeah. I think that will be my 2009 intent.

  3. Michele

    Sounds like a good plan, Darcie! Glad I have a partner in the “worry less, pray more” agenda.

    And Alece, we’re gonna get you to submit this year too. Fair warning…


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