My intention for 2022 is to take care of my mind, body, and soul in order to become the best version of myself that God created me to be. That can seem like a monumental task. And that’s usually why we don’t get very far when we try to complete our New Year’s Resolutions. The task put in front of us seems too much, too big, too overwhelming. Or, if you are anything like me, it’s not necessarily a big task, but we just can’t get ourselves to be consistent and motivated to keep going regularly. We get excited when we first start something, but then the excitement fades and our motivation to keep going fades along with it. And then we end up forgetting about the resolutions in the first place. 

In order to do my best at my goal this next year I am going to do a few things to keep my priorities aligned. First, I’m going to tell others my resolutions in order to have them hold me accountable. So that they can remind me of what I committed to and how much better of a person I will be if I follow through. Second, I’m going to schedule the time into my calendar. That may seem over the top for some, but to me, “the planner,” it’s exactly what I need in order to follow through. If it’s on my calendar and is a part of my schedule, my organized mind is going to want to do it. Better yet, if I don’t do it, it’s going to bug me that I can’t cross it off of my list. Additionally, I am going to pray about it. I’m going to ask God to keep me consistent and to motivate me to constantly strive towards growth and the accomplishment of my resolutions. And lastly, I am going to simulatneously remind myself of the bigger picture and reassess if need be. Reminding myself of the bigger picture puts things into perspective. Instead of saying, oh my New Year’s Resolution was to pray daily but today I am just not feeling like it. I’m too tired, my day got too busy and I didn’t get around to it, I’m with other people and I don’t want them to see me praying, etc. Whatever the excuse may be, I will remind myself of the intention behind the task. It is not just about conversing with God, touching base with Him, or saying thanks. It’s about becoming the best version of myself that God created me to be. And praying every day will help me to accomplish that. Even if it is just a quick prayer before bed. Reassessing my resolutions is important so that I can keep my goals realistic and practical. For example, if my resolution is to to exercise four times a week, but I get sick and I am physically unable to push myself to exercise that day, reassess my goal. My bigger picture is overall health and wellbeing. Pushing myself to exercise through sickness may worsen my health and thus will be going against my intention for the year. Or, say we are six months into the year and working out four times a week feels great and I feel like I can bump it up to five times a week. Then go for it! Do what feels right. Do what is healthy for your mind, body, and soul. 

I am so excited to see the potential that I have inside of me when I am consistent with something. I know that it is going to be transformative not only for me, but for those around me. They will see how much happier I will be, how much kinder I will be. They will see an example of someone keeping their word and transforming their life because of it. Regular exercise and regular prayer are a part of my goals for 2022. The regular exercise is not just for my body image, but for my health. To keep my immune system healthy. To keep myself safe from disease. To prepare my body for pregnancy once I am blessed with that again. It is also for my mind. To release emotion, to rid of any negativity stored in my bones, in my muscles, in my gut. Any anger, resentment, sadness, jealousy. It’s to release myself of all of that so that what we have left is real, raw Camille. A better version of myself. 

And, in regular prayer, I want to be in constant conversation with the Father. Not just running to him when I need something, but talking with him through my every day activities, thoughts, and actions. I know that if I were to start each day in prayer I will be calmer, more confident, and more ready for my day. If you are interested in incorporating daily prayer into your life too I recommend reading I Heard God Laugh by Matthew Kelly. I just finished it and it gave me the push that I needed to commit to this goal. When Matthew Kelly was a teenager he began stopping by the church every day on the way to school for a simple ten minute prayer. He would start just by going through his list of things to accomplish that day. Then overtime his prayer turned into talking to God. Asking for advice on certain things. And then eventually it turned into studying his bible, listening to what God was saying to him in the passages, and taking that into his day. It absolutely changed his life. And I bet it will change ours too if we commit to it. So, here are some of my resolutions. Big, small, and in between. 

-Pray every day

-Exercise regularly, whatever that may look like for me and my body

-Start graduate school

-Move into a new home

-Get a pet!

-Travel to Guatemala (visit Jose’s family) and Hawaii (honeymooning) 

-Jose will receive his green card and his work permit (manifesting this for 2022!)

-Transfer jobs (finish up my wonderful work in community action and find another career enhancing position in my new town)

-Never forget to put God and my husband as a priority, strengthening our marriage. Constantly strive for our relationship to be a solid foundation, continuously flourishing and growing.

-Be happy and constantly strive to become the best version of myself that God created me to be!

This year I participated in a “Word of the Year Generator” by Jen Fulwiler. The word I got was PRESENCE. I am looking forward to the ways in which God shows me and my family the meaning of presence in 2022. This word, along with my resolutions, will be printed out and hung in my house to remind me of my intention going into the new year. I wish you all a joyful end of the year and a peaceful, deliberate start to the new one.

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