There is one thing I just don’t do: New Year’s Resolutions. I haven’t for a long time. There’s just something about setting myself up for failure that doesn’t appeal to me. Instead of a long list of resolutions that will be forgotten by February 1st, I’ve decided to go with a one-word theme for 2017. My focus this coming year is to be more persistent.
Did you know only about 8% of people who make New Year’s Resolutions actually achieve them? I don’t consider these to be good odds. Last year, I discovered a simple way to replace the often useless New Year’s Resolutions. Inspired by My One Word, I thought and prayed about what my one-word theme for 2017 would be. It didn’t take long for me to decide. I’ve struggled all of my life with my failure to be persistent.
My One Word Theme For 2017: Persistent
I’ll admit, I can be quite impatient at times. I love to push myself, try new things and explore new ideas. What I do not love, however, is waiting for the outcomes and dealing with setbacks. Like a lot of people, I want things to happen immediately if not sooner. And I want them to happen according to my preconceived notions. If, and (more likely), when things don’t change swiftly enough or when something gets in the way, I tend to quit. Or worse, I fail to even start.
I am great at planning. It’s the follow through I struggle with.
There are three main areas I’d like to be more persistent in for 2017: work, health, and finances.
Persistent with Work
Currently, I am a stay-at-home mom. My husband works two jobs in order to provide for our family. I love that he is willing to do this so that I can stay home, homeschool and care for our children. For awhile now, I’ve longed to take some of the burden off of him. I would love for him to be able to quit his second job. While my current health issues prevent me from working outside of the home, I am capable of working from home.
I have tossed around ideas for earning an additional income for the last several years. I’ve finally narrowed down my side hustles to blogging and selling on eBay. Over the summer I worked hard at selling educational items on eBay and was able to earn a few hundred dollars per month in income. I’d like to be more persistent with this and be more active in acquiring and organizing merchandise for sale. In October 2016, after a couple of years talking about it, and a few more months setting it up, I posted my very first blog post. I have learned so much about blogging in the last six months and am so excited that I finally took the plunge! For 2017, I’d like to be more steadfast in my writing. I have hundreds of ideas for blog posts and I’d like to continue posting viable content at least twice per week.
Persistent with Health
Alas, an area I’ve struggled with for, well, forever. For too long, I have focused on my husband’s and children’s spiritual and physical health, while neglecting my own. I read the Bible and pray with my family, but I have not been persistent with my own devotions and quiet time with God. I stress to my children the importance of eating healthy and exercising and support them in their athletic endeavors, but I do not practice what I preach. Over the last few years, my health and energy levels have declined. Sure, I have exercised here and there; in fits and spurts. Of course, I read my Bible and pray. But I am not as persistent in these vital areas as I should be.
Starting now (because why wait until January 1st), I aim to be relentless in my pursuit of a healthy relationship with my Savior as well as a healthy body. My goal for 2017 is to develop a habit of going to bed earlier, so I can wake up earlier and spend time meditating on God’s word and exercising the body he has blessed me with.
Persistent with Finances
At times, our finances have resembled a train wreck. For years, we carried too much credit card debt. Now, as a reformed credit card addict, the credit card debt is gone, but some of the old spending habits remain. As a result, our savings account balance is not where it should be. Dave Ramsey suggests having an emergency fund of $1,000. Judging from our past emergencies, I would like to double that. Also, I need to be more persistent with planning for annual and semi-annual expenses. For some reason, they always seem to surprise me even though I know they are coming.
Throughout 2017 I’d like to be more persistent in lowering our family’s food budget. Let’s face it, feeding a family of 5, with two teen boys, a nine-year-old boy who eats like a teen and a hubby who likes variety in his diet, is expensive. Unfortunately, our food costs amount to the most expensive line item in our monthly budget. There’s no doubt about it, I need to be more tenacious in lowering our family’s food costs. I hope to achieve this by cutting back on unnecessary junk food and snacks, using ibotta, and reducing our food waste.
One Word Theme for 2017: Persistent
To sum up, I need to replace my impatience with persistence in 2017 (and beyond). My goal is to be more persistent in earning an income from home so my husband only has to work one job. I’d like to be more resolute in my Bible studies and exercise routine. Finally, I would like to focus on being more persistent with our finances by spending less on food and saving more.
This is much better than a list of New Year’s Resolutions. This is doable.
What about you? Do you prefer New Year’s Resolutions or a one-word theme for 2017? Or neither? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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