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New Year’s Resolutions: Yea or Nay?


Have you abandoned your New Year’s Resolutions yet? 

I’ve been doing really well this year, but to be honest with you, I rarely set New Year’s Resolutions.  I prefer to set goals at the beginning of the school year, because my life is dictated by my kids’ school schedules.

I have one long term goal which I started working on a year or so ago.  It is: Do at least one thing every month to improve my preparedness.

The one thing can be practically anything.  Some months, I buy some additional food for food storage,


Food storage,!

Food storage!


or I learn a new skill (like baking bread, patching holes in clothes, using old clothes to make a blanket or other useful item, or making my own spice mixes),


Freshly Baked Bread


or I inventory what I have on hand and see if anything needs to be replaced or used before it expires,


This is the food storage iPhone app I use called aptly enough, "Food Storage App."

This is the food storage iPhone app I use called aptly enough, “Food Storage App.”


or I purchase non-food supplies such as soap, first aid supplies, laundry or dish detergent, blankets, batteries, etc.


Homemade Laundry Detergent


When I’m really on the ball, I do more than one thing!


This year, I set some real resolutions.  Want to know what they are?  You don’t have to twist my arm.  I’ll share.  Here they are:

1.  Index 1 batch a week and arbitrate as many batches as possible.  (Indexing is part of genealogy.  I use a free computer program to view historical documents and input information from it into the program.  The data is used to create a free, internet, searchable database used to find your ancestors.  You can find the database and info here.)
2.  Exercise more regularly.  This is pretty self-explanatory!
3.  Read Old Testament (This is a 2-year goal.)  I started this several years ago, but I stopped after finishing Numbers.  I’m determined to read the entire thing cover to cover within the next 2 years.
4.  Intelligently add to food storage.  This is a continuation of my prior goal, but more focused.  I want to increase the variety in my food storage and make sure I store things I’ll actually use.


Well, what do you think?  How are you doing with your goals?  What keeps you  motivated?

Please share!




Author: Laurie Nguyen

I am a happily married, stay at home mom with four sons, ages 24, 22, 18, and 14. I'm not a professional blogger, and I'm certainly not a foodie or a chef. But I like food, so I think I'm qualified to write about my own life experience with food. Want to be a little more prepared for the unexpected? Check out my Food Storage Blog, Have a question about Food Storage? Email me:

4 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions: Yea or Nay?

  1. I am like you and rarely set resolutions at the new year except to remind myself to keep negativity out of my life and to be content in mind and spirit. Those are the two things I strive for every year as I shared on my blog. On a side note, I too have promised myself to read the Old Testament as well as the Bible more, but things always seem to knock me off that one 🙂 Hmmm…maybe this year

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    • And me. I can’t remember the number of times I’ve started off reading the OT and given up. This time around, I’ve selected one specific book at a time from sections I never reach the other way. It is a bite-sized, ongoing achievable goal and is holding my interest better.
      Generally, I don’t set New Year’s resolutions, preferring to use Lent to reassess where I am, but I do make changes in my life whenever I see the need.

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  2. I always set goals at the new year but I usually set too many and then don’t achieve them. This year I kept it simple: have good attitude about staying home and serving my family, be a little more active and a little more healthy each day and make and stick to a budget. So far I am doing pretty well!


  3. I am also not a New Year’s resolutioner. I just do the best I can everyday with what I have. 🙂 Livin’ on chillin’.


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