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Hello 2019: Restoring and Resolutions

Hello 2019: Restoring and Resolutions

Well, 2019 is here. Many of us have made New Year’s resolutions to get us motivated and inspired about what the year can and will bring. Yes, will. It’s so easy for resolutions to be forgotten a couple of months into the year because of the work that they require. It’s an adjustment, but a necessary one.


I jumped on the “word of the year” bandwagon. My word is restore. 2018 was busy and full of transitions. Often, I found myself feeling like I wasn’t using my time wisely, I wasn’t prioritizing, I wasn’t being self-disciplined, and instead, I kept saying “Ii’ll get to it next week.” It’s like I just couldn’t get my mind right or something. I didn’t have time to catch up. All of these things are what I used to be on top of. In 2018, I also rediscovered myself in a way and saw how important my time and energy are in order to accomplish what I want to do. So with that comes my word for 2019. I want to restore several things: me time, consistent devotional time, piano playing, reading more, being organized, self-determination. I want to restore the Lettie I kind of put aside too often last year.

Now, time to share my 2019 New Year’s resolutions. I wrote these a few days ago and they just put me in that super motivated, feel good, determined, mindset:

  • Read two books a month (outside of grad school reading).

  • Start my polymer clay jewelry [small] business. In December I made polymer clay bead necklaces with some of my children at work and it was surprisingly therapeutic and simple. The cost of products is relatively inexpensive, too, which is great! Plus, I need something that is mindless in a way, but also lets me have a side hustle!!

  • Go meatless two days a week.

  • Continue to grow stronger in my faith and with my relationship with God. Listening to Him and trusting his process. Letting him use me.

  • Organize, plan, organize, plan! With everything. It takes away unnecessary stress. 
    Be consistent with blogging two or three times each week (this includes my blog’s Instagram, too!).

  • Have more date nights with my husband. Also, keep growing together in our marriage.

  • Don’t be afraid to say “no”. This was a resolution last year and I did extremely well with it. It’s something that I learned and am going to continue to do so in 2019. 
    Make female friendships. This is something I want and need. This doesn’t mean I don’t have female friends now, but I want and need more than just “hey how are you” and that’s it. I want to actually get together, eat, talk, encourage each other, make time, be honest, be transparent and open, and work toward cultivating friendships that matter. 

  • Subscribe to more uplifting, motivational, and social issue-focused podcasts.

  • Be more intentional with my time and stop procrastinating and putting things off.

  • Budget and be more money conscious/frugal. (I created a budget binder for me and my husband!)

  • Devotional time everyday.

  • Complete at least 6 home projects! Yay for homeownership and all the fun that comes with it…even when that fun means saying goodbye to your money, haha (but that’s where the money saving comes in)!

  • Continue to be consistent with working out 4-5 days a week.

  • Increase physical flexibility.

  • Set aside time to play my piano during the week.

  • Make “A’s” in graduate school.

There’s my list. Is it long? Yep, it sure is. Is it going to require a lot of self-discipline and strength? HECK YES. But what’s the point of living if you don’t make goals, write them down, and work towards them. The time is going to pass anyway, so you might as well make the most of it. It’s never too late to make a change. And remember to do what’s best for YOU. It’s your journey. Take your power back.


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