Resolved - Making the Most of 2013



Are you a resolution maker? Does New Year’s day typically find you making vows that will be forgotten by the time you flip the calendar to February? Or do you skip the hoopla and do your best every day to wake up and make positive change in your life and our world?

I can honestly say that I vacillate between those two positions. The optimist in me resolves several times each year (for example the first day of school, New Year’s, and even the start of most months) to make lasting change in my life. But the pragmatic side of me knows how often I give up in the face of even the smallest challenges. That part of my brain asks, “Why bother?”

This year, I’m still pondering what my approach towards resolutions will be. I’m struggling in a few areas of my life that would drastically benefit from increased attention — but making those choices for positive change will mean that something will have to “give” in other areas. A delicate balancing act for sure — one that demands at the core of my being a solid prayer life that underpins all of my other efforts.

Because it works for me, I group my resolutions into four key areas:

  1. Heart – resolutions that have to do with the relationships in my life
  2. Mind – resolutions that pertain to the intellectual areas of career, home organization, and even my personal learning goals for the year
  3. Body – resolutions to be stronger physically, more healthy and to care for the precious gift of my physical body especially as I age so that I am equipped to do the work God calls me to in serving my family and others
  4. Soul – resolutions that bring me closer to God, the Blessed Mother, the Saints and my spiritual community

I’ll spare you the boredom of reading my laundry list of 2013 resolutions – suffice it to say that too many of them are repeats from 2012. As you ponder your own goals for this coming year, I leave you with words from today’s first reading:

The LORD bless you and keep you!
The LORD let his face shine upon
you, and be gracious to you!
The LORD look upon you kindly and
give you peace!

Happy New Year’s friends – may your 2013 be blessed beyond measure!

Copyright 2013 Lisa M. Hendey


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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