Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Going Lean and Getting Clean in 2014

Happy new year!  Just like every other year, so many folks make resolutions to kick off the new year and usually by mid-March (if they are lucky to get that far) their resolve has gone by the way.  Just like my fellow resolution makers, I have set goals to lose weight, be healthier, study more, read more, be kinder, complete Bible studies, and umpteen other life enriching plans to mark the new year.  Some years I've been more successful than others, but ultimately I like reflecting on the previous year and looking forward to improving my life and the lives of my family and friends.

A friend was deciding on her own resolution for the year and wanted something with a catchy phrase.    I suggested a few: going green in 2014; giving up caffeine in 2014; living like a queen in 2014; more love, less mean in 2014.  Other friends offered just as quick mottos for the new year and I liked one of them: getting lean in 2014.

While I feel like the gist of this phrase is about getting healthy and losing weight, I liked the idea of lean as also being more efficient, less wasteful, clean.  So I'm going with the resolution:

Going Lean and Getting Clean in 2014

This doesn't just mean working towards living a healthier lifestyle - eating better, moving more.  It means clearing out my head, meditating and praying more.  It means making our home more lean and clean, clearing out clutter, getting rid of unnecessary items.  It also means cleaning up relationships, focusing on the positives and dismissing the negatives.  It means getting organized in all areas - physically, financially, personally and professionally.

What goals have you set for yourself for the new year?