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Love/Hate
by Heather Cady in

I have a love/hate relationships with the new year. As far as celebrating goes,our family keeps it pretty low key. Most years, I am already asleep and wake up briefly when all the neighborhood noise starts or my night-owl daughter comes in to wish us a Happy New Year! (This year, we actually stayed up, to be nice to said daughter.)

So even though I don't do much to celebrate the actual day, I somehow believe act like I believe that a new year brings magical properties of change with it. Somehow, I will become overnight one of those women who cleans their house on a regular schedule, makes healthy, nutritious meals every night of the week for her family, never procrastinates at anything, never watches Blue Bloods when she could be reading or doing something more soul-uplifting, yada yada yada. You know the drill.

Uh huh, so normally I get to day like 3 1/2 of lofty goals that even Martha Stewart would balk at, and give up in despair. I am not so good with the resolutions thing. For the past few years, I haven't made any, only picked a word for the year, but somewhere deep in my brain I would still set myself up for failure.

For 2015, my word is Consistency. I don't have a nice Bible verse to back it up. But I have felt God's tugging on my heart to be consistent in ALL I do. I think this is going to be a hard one, but I'm starting with baby steps.

For the first time in years, I am going to use a paper planner (along with my phone for reminders and such) in an effort to be more deliberate with my time. Deliberate and consistent.

I'm also going to try and pick up consistencies not all at once. I'll pick a couple, work on them for about 100 days, and then add more. So maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to stick with it.

The first thing I'm tackling this year is Weight Watchers. I have been flirting (signed up but not really working it) with the program for more than a year now. Thing is, I know it works when I do the right thing. Enough is enough. So my first 100 days will be spent eating better and more importantly, tracking it.

I'm also trying to listen to God about how I connect with Him, and what it should look like. I am VERY good at lining up elaborate systems (books, journals, pens, reading plans etc.) and then I miss a day or seven and throw the whole thing out the window.

So yeah, I guess you can see where Consistency needs to be a thing :)

One foot in front of the other, baby.

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New Year
by Heather Cady in



The year,
she splutters out without much warming.
Like the Christmas candle,
run out of wick and wax.
Fragrant smoke drifts up
signaling
time is run out
no do-overs.
No regrets.
There is no going back.
Only onward.
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