The One When I Pretend to be a Life Coach

To be completely honest with you, I have never really been one to make any New Year resolutions. I think I subconsciously realize that I won’t keep up with them, or I think that a new year really is no big deal but just another day.

This year is different, though. I find myself having such excitement, anticipation, and joy about 2014…and I never really feel anything different about a new year. 2014 is going to be BIG. It’s going to be filled with fulfilled promises, bigger opportunities, and restored relationships. Doesn’t that sound exciting? 

The other day, I went camping with some close friends of mine and we got to talking about what we want to do differently this year. There’s just something about sitting around a campfire on a cold night by the river that brings about the best conversation among friends. We had s’mores and hot dogs, were under a large blanket and were warming our feet by the fire that we started and….wait a minute. This post isn’t about camping. It’s about the New Year.

Anyway, before I get any more distracted than I already am, here are six simple goals/changes/things I want to do to help make 2014 more awesome than I already feel it will be. 

1. Hug more people. I am most definitely a hugger. I hug everyone. My first love language is physical touch, so hugs come naturally to me. My dad always says that walls that people put up are broken down by hugs. Break down some walls and hug some people, y’all!

2. Write more songs. If you were to grab my phone and look in the voice recording app, you’ll see anywhere from 10-15 recordings of short melodies that pop into my head that I record so I don’t forget them. Some of them have words, others are just melodies that I hummed to add lyrics later. I’ve yet to complete a whole song, but I have tons of pieces of others to work with!

3. Enjoy the little things. Seriously, though. I don’t care how cliché it sounds, we need to start enjoying the little things! Enjoy your morning cup of joe and enjoy the fact that we live in a country that coffee is so available to us. Enjoy the sound of the rain as you read by the window. We get so busy and so caught up with things that stress us out that we easily forget to enjoy life’s little presents. Enjoy some quiet time with Jesus…and in that quiet time, actually be quiet. Shut up and let Him speak, too.

(This list is slowly starting to remind me of Zombieland. Double Tap, anyone?)

4. See the good in people. Genesis 1 says that man and woman were created in the image of God. That means that everyone, in one way or another, exhibits some quality of God, whether it’s compassion, creativity, strength, wisdom, or even humor. Like a son or daughter look and act like their parents, so do we all look and act like God in some way. When you begin to look for the way(s) that people reflect God, I guarantee you that you’ll find it.

5. Give people handwritten notes. Number 5 goes hand-in-hand with number 4. Once you’ve found how someone reflects Jesus, tell them about it in a handwritten note. The art of handwritten notes or letters is a dying art but speaks volumes. Don’t text someone or send someone a Facebook message. Instead, write it on a piece of paper and give it to them in person. (This note should also be longer than 140 characters.)

5. Make better choices. This one is simple. Drink water instead of Coke (I should take my own advice on this. Coke is my Kryptonite). Always drink tea when you have the opportunity (We live in Texas, duh). Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Go for a walk. Ride a bike. 

6. Wake up early. Wake up earlier than you need to. Read your bible. Have some quiet time. Watch a sermon. Write a letter. Of course, drink some java. Don’t forget to sleep in on Saturdays.

Bonus: Be adventurous. (Pretty self-explanatory.)

I’m not life coach, nor do I want to be one, but these are just a few of the things that I’ll be trying to do this year. 

Have a wonderful, prosperous, blessed, and joyful 2014. Stay excited!

-Jonathan