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Well, this seems familiar. It’s the last day of yet another year and I find myself looking back and reflecting on all the things that have happened in 2011.

As for me, somewhere in between the daily routine of going to work and coming home again, a lot has happened. I moved from suburban Ashburn, Virginia, to Arlington, Virginia—a great, little city just a couple Metro stops from D.C.  I decided to leave a job that I really love — working at a Christian nonprofit — and have accepted a new job in government consulting (starting in four days!). Two of my brothers got hitched. My parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. I bought my first hybrid car. I spent a week learning about raw foods and vegetable juice in the mountains of North Carolina.  I took bowling lessons (and actually got worse!). I went to an awesome Beth Moore conference in Baltimore. I vacationed for a week in Cancun, Mexico. I attended a cool writers’ conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. And I started this fun little blog!

And now I sit on my parents’ couch in New Jersey, drinking maté and just thinking about what 2012 may hold in store for me and for the ones I care about. I’m excited for this coming year, because every year is a chance to start anew. It’s an opportunity to set goals and do my best to achieve them. So, here goes nothing!

My New Year’s Resolutions

    1. Improve my health. You know… the usual. Lose weight, hit the gym, drink more carrot juice. Not creative at all, but very important.
    2. Be socially proactive. As much as I love social media, email and texting, I feel like I’m slowly losing the desire for proper human interaction. And, frankly, this scares me! So, I want to seek out good, old-fashioned communication. You know… actually talking… on the phone or (gasp!) face to face! So, next time I feel like texting you, I may just call… or, better yet, knock on your door. I hope you’re ready! This rule also applies to my dating life. I want to take the initiative to attend events that I might not feel like attending, to hang out with groups of friends more, and to just enjoy the various dates I may go on—even if they’re just to meet new people.
    3. Read through the whole Bible in one year. I’ve done this before, but it’s been a while. It’s a great way to get the daily devotions in, too!
    4. Get plugged in at church. Since I moved to Arlington, I’ve been attending a great church. But, now it’s time to get involved! I know how important it is to find community, so this year I want to join a small group or sign up to volunteer for church functions.
    5. Write more! (Can I get a collective “Amen!” from all my fellow writers?!)
    6. Don’t… under any circumstances… text and drive. This was my New Year’s resolution last year, and I think I did a great job at keeping it. A few times I found myself looking at my phone when I heard the “beep” of a new text or email. Why do I feel that I have to check them right away? Using a phone to talk/text/email while driving is beyond dangerous. I choose not to do it, and I hope you can make this resolution, too. Here’s a video that I shared last year. It really hits home, and I hope you’ll take ten minutes out of your day to watch it.

How about you? Do you have any resolutions that you want to hold yourself to in 2012? I’d love to hear ’em!

Just eight hours left until the ball drops in New York City and we officially ring in 2012! I hope this year brings you all the joy and happiness that God has in store for each of us.

Happy New Year!

~Ruth