Welcome to my first post of 2013! I actually published this by accident for a few seconds last night because I typed in January 1st, twenty-TWELVE in the calendar slots. Oops.
New Year’s resolutions: Instead of making new ones for this year, I thought perhaps I should see how well I did with last year’s. The answer is… hmmmmmm.
1. Reading the Bible in a year: This was a disaster. I started strong but let the project lie during the spring and fall semesters. I kept playing catch-up and finally realized the entire Bible was out of my reach unless I wanted to read fifty chapters a day. So I settled for the Old Testament. Even that didn’t pan out. Made it half-way through Ezekiel so far. However, it was really the OT I was wanting to read through cover to cover, since I’ve already read through the entire NT. I don’t think I’ve ever sat down and read every book in the Old Testament systematically, even though I’m of course familiar with the bulk of it. I discovered that there’s some strange stuff in the Old Testament! I came across stories I’d never heard of before where I just had to admit, “Okay, NO clue what just happened there or what it’s all about, but hey, it’s in the Bible!”
3. Wasting less time: To some extent this was decided for me as my classes have increased in difficulty (especially math). I simply didn’t have time to waste! I guess that can be counted as a success. As for Internet habits, I did become less involved in comment threads and better at ignoring trolls.
4. Investing less heavily in purely online connections/relationships: I did MUCH better with this.
5. Becoming more practical: Nope. Still impractical. We’ll try again this year. I did get better at remembering to put away my butter knife though!
6. Stepping out of my “comfort zone”: I worked a couple of jobs last year, which were new experiences for me that helped in this area. I also learned a new skill or two. In the spring I took a class that made me get up at 7:30 most days of the week—that definitely pushed me outside the comfort zone! (And now I’m mentally preparing for a class where I’ll have to get up at SIX thirty… bliss.)
Did you make any resolutions last year? If so, did you keep any of them?