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Life Spencer on January 1, 2012 04:26 pm

New Year, New Start, New Resolutions

It is the beginning of a new year and I can honestly say that I am glad to see 2011 done and over with. In nearly every area of my life, there were challenges this year and difficulties throughout. Rather than looking back, however, I want to use this time and this space to look forward.

In this year (and really the last month of 2011) I am in a new house, in a new state, starting a new job. We picked up the family and moved from Las Vegas to just south of Charlotte in South Carolina. I have taken a new position with one of the largest health systems in the region supporting the oncology service line that is going major growth. It is a position with a lot of potential and I feel like I am making a more direct impact on the care of cancer patients, especially given that I don’t have a clinical background.

Resolutions have been up and down over the last few years. 2 years ago I feel I did pretty well since I used this blog to help keep me on track. Last year, I wasn’t as focused and didn’t hold myself accountable by having specific goals or a plan to implement them. With all the changes going into this year, I want to be specific and dedicated to my resolutions as much as possible. So without any further delay, here are my resolutions for 2012:

  • Daily Devotional: In 2010 I set out and successfully read through the Bible in one year. Last year I wanted to keep up with a devotional but was never consistent about it. This year I want to try again.
  • Physical Fitness: I have been able to maintain my weight for a couple of years but I still have a long way to go to get in shape. I don’t believe that I will be able to bowl regularly as there are no centers within a decent range of the house. There is, however, an aquatic center very near my office. I will check it out sometime this week, but my thought may be to swim each morning before work. If that doesn’t work to be a good option, I will have to figure out something else.
  • Self Improvement: For the most part I believe I am a good person but there are certainly times that I react to situations in a less than ideal manner. The only way to truly change to become better is to acknowledge those times and figure a lesson to learn from that to hopefully not make the same mistake twice. While I may not detail out every aspect, I want to use this space as a personal journal to identify those situations and what I can do to better handle them. This will by far be the hardest resolution I have ever taken on and also the hardest to truly measure.

I believe those three are plenty for this year and hope to be more active on the blog this year as I track these and post about life in general. Take care all and I wish the best 2012 for each of you.

2 Responses to “New Year, New Start, New Resolutions”

  1. on January 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm 1. Mom said …

    Always love reading your post. There were certainly a lot of changes this past year that present extra stressors in one’s life.

    We pray for you daily. Good luck with all your goals.

    I started a new devotional too that was highly recommended at Family Christian Bookstore. It is about being in God’s Presence and understanding that. It is not as time consuming as reading the Bible through and more manageable for me.

    Love to you all

  2. on January 8, 2012 at 6:35 pm 2. Dad said …

    I want to add my words of encouragement to you also. I lift you up in your resolutions for the new year, and want you to be assured our prayers are always with you and your family. All three resolutions are attainable through God’s strength, guidance, and sustainment because everything we have, our time, talents, abilities, and resources, come from Him. In that light, your resolutions are actually goals of stewardship.

    –luvdad

    p.s. Thanks much for the webcam with the family this afternoon!

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