1. Read more. Voraciously. Insatiably. Because I love it, and because it is good for my brain. I am a better person because of what I read. Here is one of the stacks on my nightstand (you'll see the other in a minute):
2. Along those same lines--read through the Bible in a year. I have never read it through in a year, and if I am honest, I think there are some more obscure parts that I have not read AT ALL. This is absolutely unacceptable for me. The good thing is--I actually started this one back in September. I bought a One Year Bible and started with the month of September, and have been going for four months strong! So technically I am already 1/3 of the way through on this resolution! (There's that whole thing about not having to start on Jan. 1!)
3. Be very intentional about discipling my child. (No that is not a typo--although discipline is going to be a buzzword for us this year as well!) I know he is still small, but as evidenced by this video I posted a while back, you are never too young to learn Scripture!
4. Kind of going back to numbers one and two--read as much as possible to put the Bible in a more historical, archeological, as well as currently contextual perspective in my brain. I want to learn more about theology. As much as possible, in fact. Here's how I'm starting that off:
5. Cook more regularly. I have had a hard time getting on the bandwagon here. Before we had kids, Taylor and I both cooked fairly often, but it was more gourmet-style--we'd find unusual recipes and try them out, or Taylor would spend hours tending something on the grill. Those days are going to be few and far-between now. I officially declare this year the Year Of The Crock Pot. And the Casserole. And the Home-Style Cookin'. Since T.Mark has put baby food behind him, and Taylor has a work schedule that does not allow him to cook as often, this is going to be my new mantra. I have always admired my sister for (among other things) how well she puts food on the table for her family every night. Quite yummy food, in fact. I hope I can be like her when I grow up. Looks like we'll be having lots of Roast, Spaghetti, Mexican Casserole, Veggies, Baked Chicken, Taco Salad, and Lasagna in 2014. Loosen your belts, boys.
So I think that's it. Nothing too crazy ambitious. These will all be manageable for me. I want each thing I am "resolved" to do to be easily attainable, yet still a little bit of a challenge. Because, well--if you know me--you know that I love a challenge.