Happy New Year

Being that it’s New Year’s Day, I thought it would be appropriate to share one of my new year resolutions, since that’s where a lot of us are right now. . .

I’ll keep it short and simple (another one of my ongoing resolutions)—I love Proverbs 15:13 (KJV, which states, in part, “A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance.” This year, one of my resolutions is to focus on being cheerful.

I’ve never been one of those people who care when one year ends and a new year begins; to me, the change of date on a calendar hasn’t really been a big deal. But I have to admit that I’m glad 2013 is over! This has been a hard year for a lot of reasons, and while I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the many blessings—even miracles—that have filled our lives, I am definitely looking forward to a new year!

 Putting on a cheerful countenance is always something I’ve tried to do. . . I’m a pretty positive person. But this year, instead of forcing a smile when I’m not necessarily feeling it, I’m going to focus on actually having a merry, happy heart. I’ve identified a couple of specific things I’m going to do to make this goal a reality, including serving in the temple 52 times (an average of once a week), spending meaningful personal time in the scriptures every day, and deliberately pushing out negative thoughts and feelings that come into my mind and replacing them with positive.

So, there’s my resolution. And you know what they say. . . when you share your goals with others, you then become accountable and are that much closer to being successful! So you can help hold me accountable!

Hope your New Year’s Day has been a  happy one!