With 2024 just around the corner, some of us may be evaluating ways that we want the new year to be different from the one that’s ending.
Whether it’s building new habits or improving our marriage, there are different goals we can have for making changes to what we’re currently doing (or not doing).
Today I’m looking at 15 areas we might want to work on in 2024 and for each one, I’m sharing a resource that’s been helpful for me.
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If you want to…
1. Memorize more Bible verses…try the Verses app.
The passage I’m currently working on is Psalm 103. The free app offers several different ways to learn and review a single Bible verse or passage of verses.
2. Read more books…log them in a Book Journal.
For the past two years, I’ve kept a list of the books I’ve read in the same notebook where I write my daily gratitude list and Bible study notes.
However, I really like the idea of a dedicated journal for recording the titles I’ve read as well as space for making notes and rating each book. Often I like to tell my daughters about good books that I’ve read. Yet if all I have is a list of titles, I can’t always remember specifics about them! A book journal would be a big help with that.
3. Pray more…try My Family Prayer Journal.
Yes, this is my own digital printable product 🙂 I’ve used this process of recording prayer needs for quite a while and enjoy using it to keep track of my prayers for my family.
4. Exercise more…track your steps with the Health app.
I know this is very basic, but just tracking my steps daily motivates me to move more. The Health app that came on my iPhone is what I use, but an Apple watch is a good option. I previously used a basic smartwatch similar to this one to track my activity.
5. Build better habits…read Atomic Habits by James Clear.
I need to read this book again! It has so many helpful tactics for incorporating new habits into your life.
6. Eat healthier…read In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan.
Hands down, the best book on how to eat healthy I’ve ever read. The author takes it down to the basics and keeps eating healthy simple, yet not unrealistic.
7. Thrive in your marriage…listen to the podcast Heaven in Your Home with Francie Winslow.
Many of the episodes revolve around the topic of intimacy in marriage. Even though I’ve been married for 32 years, I still find helpful ideas from this relatable content.
8. Grow in your parenting…read Different Children, Different Needs by Charles Boyd and Robert Rohm.
This book breaks down four personality types and helps you determine what your own is and your child’s. Then it helps you understand how to parent individual children based on each of those types.
9. Build a strong family…listen to the podcast Better Together.
I know the hosts of this podcast, DJ and Lorry Harry, personally, and love the practical advice they share on marriage and parenting.
10. Manage your money well…read The Total Money Makeover and/or listen to The Ramsey Show podcast.
I’ve listened to The Ramsey Show podcast for years and have read most of the books they’ve published. You may already be familiar with their seven baby steps, but I like that the plan is easy to implement and follow.
11. Update your home decor…read Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith and/or listen to her podcast House Rules.
All of Myquillyn’s books are good, and she has a new one coming out soon.
12. Grow your friendships…be intentional and schedule regularly.
So there’s no specific resource here, just my own experience 🙂 I have one friend that I get together with every month. We either walk outside or have coffee, depending on the weather and such, but we touch base every month and put a date on the calendar.
There’s another friend that I meet for breakfast regularly, probably every month to six weeks. I have another group of three friends and the four of us celebrate birthdays together, which means we see each other purposefully at least four times a year.
Those are just a few examples of how we can build friendships into our schedule. Maybe it’s a friend that you text every Monday to check on or you make a plan to meet up every third Thursday of the month at one another’s homes. Building friendships takes an investment of time, but it’s so worth it.
13. Journal…Use The Next Right Thing Guided Journal.
I used this journal for a couple of years, then took a break. I plan to start up again in 2024.
14. Try intermittent fasting… use the Zero app.
I’ve been intermittent fasting for a while now and have used the free version of this app from the beginning. I mainly use it to track my fasting hours and my weight.
15. Embrace the empty (or soon-to-be) empty nest…follow the blog Empty Nest Blessed and/or Pamela Henkelman’s articles and podcast.
Both of these resources have been so helpful to me as I navigate what God has for me personally as well as on my mothering journey in this season of life.
In what area are you wanting to see growth in 2024? May each of us pray for God’s leading and direction as we enter into a new year and seek to glorify Him.