A few days ago Dave asked me if I was going to make any New Years Resolutions. Knowing how much Dave loves to make goals, I quickly informed him that I had no intention of making any but I'd love to hear about his.
Then yesterday at church during fast and testimony meeting I started thinking about the fact that I really am going to be a mother in a matter of only a few months. Motherhood has always been "what I wanted to do with my life" and now that it's almost upon me I'm starting to feel the crunch. Lily is going to depend on me for everything...nourishment, clean diapers, comfort, learning, emotional support, education (of all sorts especially spiritual)...I need to be the best me I can, she deserves that. With these sobering thoughts racing through my head I quickly starting making mental note of all the things I need to do to strive for the best me...and I resolve to do them.
1. Read at least one chapter in the Book of Mormon a day and record thoughts, feelings, impressions, etc in a scripture journal. I have been doing decently well with my reading over the last few months but I decided it's time to step it up a notch and move from reading the scriptures to studying and pondering the scriptures. Hopefully the journal will help with that.
2. Read at least one talk from the General Conference edition of the Ensign a day and also record thoughts in journal.
3. Contiune personal prayers morning and night. Make prayer more thoughtful and meaningful.
4. Magnify my church calling. I have been feeling a bit isolated in my new ward (for many reasons). I was hoping that my new calling would help with that. None of the girls my age are in the Relief Society. They all work in Primary or Young Women or Nusery or somewhere else! I desperately wanted a calling that would put me with some of the people my age so I could get to know them better and make some good friends. So of course I was called to be a Visiting Teaching Supervisor for the Relief Society. I was rather distraught. I cried all the way home from church! I received this calling right before we left for Christmas and I was so upset about it that I had no intention of ever making any effort to contact the head supervisor and see what I can and should be doing.
BUT I have had my change of heart. My first step to magnifying this calling is to contact the head supervisor by next Sunday and let her know I've been called and ask what I can do to help.
5. Read one book on a gospel topic a month. This month I'm looking for a good one about the temple.
6. Read one book of my choice a week until the baby is born. I love reading so much that I've never set a reading goal before but I have a big stack of books on my night stand that I really want to finish before Lily comes.
7. Exercise in our apartment gym at least 3 times a week. The first few months of my pregnancy have been pretty rough as far as my health is concerned but I'm expecting to start feeling well enough to get in some serious exercise.
8. Make Lily a dress. I bought a crochet book a few months ago that has a really cute little dress in it. So I'm not really the most crafty of women but I want to try!
9. Sign up for classes. My doctor gave me a list of all sorts of classes I can take to learn about the different birthing options, parenting and all that.
10. Take a trip with Dave. Dave and I realized that although we have been on lots of trips since we got married, we have never done one just by ourselves. So, we're going to take one before Lily comes.
11. Play my violin at least 1 time a week. (For now...hopefully I can up the days!)
These are the goals I have off the top of my head. If I think of more I'll add them to this list.
*12. Spend quality time at the pool with Lily, Erin, and Eggroll this summer.