Resources for Your Resolutions

So, here we are a little more than a week into the new year. How are you doing on those resolutions?

Yeah, me too.

Actually, I don't do resolutions. "Resolution" seems so absolute, so do-or-die. I prefer the term "goals." That's much more doable...something I'm working toward, rather than a "pass or fail." If I don't quite reach the goal, but I'm closer to it at the end of the year then I was successful.

So, here are some of my GOALS for 2013:

  1. Consistent, daily time in God's Word
  2. Work out 2-3 times a week
  3. Run 2 5Ks this year (I've done them before, but not since my latest surgery; time to get back on it!)
  4. Create weekly meal plans (which also helps with two other goals: reduce our monthly food budget and focus on healthy meals and snacks for my family)
  5. Develop organizational systems (or restructure current systems) for those unmanageable areas: toys, craft supplies, paperwork
  6. Expand my writing (I have more specific goals in this area, but those are for another time.)

How about you? What goals (resolutions?) do you have for this year?

I've come across some FANTASTIC (inexpensive--some are even free) resources that might just give you the motivation and the tools you need to get started.


TellYourTimeFinalCoverTell Your Time e-book
The creator and brain power behind Blogging With Amy has written a new time-management book. I've just started reading it, and I'm already excited about the process of managing my time more effectively. ($2.99 for Kindle)



Creating Your Personal Life Plan e-book
Michael Hyatt is a respected leader in the business community and a NY Times best-selling author. He is currently offering the Creating Your Personal Life Plan as a free e-book when you subscribe to his blog.


FunkyKitchenCover0912bDo the Funky Kitchen e-book
Need a little help getting organized this year (especially in the kitchen)?  Laura (the author) says, "Let this e-book inspire you to clean off your countertops, clean out your fridge, pantry and cabinets so that you can be more efficient with your time and energy in your kitchen." ($4.95)

 You might also check out the bi-weekly meal plans provided at The Better Mom (with downloadable PDFs).

Do-What-You-Can-Plan-by-Holley-Gerth-copy-727x1024The Do What  You Can Plan e-book
Tired of making big promises to yourself every New Year, only to fail yourself time and time again? Holly Gerth's new e-book isn't about doing something BIG; it's about doing something. ($1.99 for Kindle)




ECourseYou Can Do This! The First Five Steps to a Real-Food Kitchen (e-Course)
Laura's passion for healthy eating not only serves her family (which includes four, hungry, growing boys!), she also inspires others to simple, healthy eating. Now she is offering an affordable e-course to help you do the same for only $5!

You can also check out these other blogs for free healthy recipes and fitness inspiration:
Whole New Mom
Peak 313 Fitness
Heavenly Homemakers


I Take JoyI Take Joy
A short, 11-day, totally-doable devotional by Sally Clarkson. I have followed Sally's blog for years and have read several of her books. Sally has such a heart for Christian moms, and desires to love them, encourage them, and strengthen them. Subscribe  to her blog to receive the free devotional.


Hope Weary Mom

Hope for the Weary Mom
If you're a mom and feel like your life is a little bit of a mess, this little book is for you. There's still time to join the online book club on their web site.



LukeLiving Like Jesus
Good Morning Girls, an online Bible study group, has a new study on the Gospel of Luke. The study begins January 14; all materials are free when you subscribe to their blog.

You can also subscribe to receive devotions delivered regularly to your inbox at She Reads Truth or BibleGateway.

So are you inspired to get organized and healthy, and grow deeper in your walk with God? If so, I'd love to hear from you!

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5 thoughts on “Resources for Your Resolutions

  1. I agree, the word resolution does sound "do-or die"! My goals look similar to your list. Meal planning seems to be one of my biggest obstacles on a weekly basis. Sigh. Hoping that I am able to figure that out in 2013.


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