I’m currently in the middle of the General Ordination Exams, a set of six competency exams to see if I learned something in seminary. (Sort of like seminary OWLs. Or, I guess, more like NEWTs.) The exams are going fine, but they’re monopolizing virtually all of my brainpower and ability to arrange words into coherent sentences and paragraphs.
I considered simply writing down all the words that came into my head, one after the other, a sort of stream-of-consciousness beast mode. Instead, I came up with something we can all work towards: a list of attainable New Year’s resolutions.
I don’t know about you, but when I make resolutions—which doesn’t happen every year—I don’t tend to keep them. But I feel like I could probably aspire to any of the items below…maybe…if I just picked one.
Eat something marginally related to a fruit or vegetable with every meal. Remember that potatoes are nutritionally a starch.
Remember to text your old friends sometimes.
Try to get outside every day unless you’re really, really sick. Note that this involves leaving your apartment.
Read a book. (Already checked this one off. Three times. Winning 2017.)
Drink water. Preferably every day.
Make your bed…at least once a week.
Don’t engage in emotional debates in a Facebook comment thread or on Twitter.
Be more grateful. Maybe occasionally write down the things you’re grateful for if you’re feeling super motivated.
Get sleep. I don’t think I’m physically capable of all-nighters any more, so this should totally be doable.
Exercise every month.
Don’t watch more than five hours of TV in one day.
Stretch goals: eat healthier foods, sleep at least seven hours every night, exercise three times a week, read fifty books, establish a writing schedule.
Now, surely you can find something in that list that’s achievable for you. Or perhaps you have something to add?