To be (or not to be) a better version of myself.

When the word resolution is muttered within the first few days of a new year it sends chills down the length of my spine. Each year, I try to make a goal that is achievable; however, it’s rare I’m public with my thoughts. This year, it’s time to change that. I’m going to public with my life changes. (For the record, these are my personal goals – my professional goals are too long for this post!)

At the risk of sounding like I’ve joined the ranks of Oprah or an extreme mommy blogger, the overarching theme of this year is to be a better version of myself. 1. Increase my dependence and relationship with God I rarely discuss my faith and love for the creator of the heaven and the stars on Rural Gone Urban; however, He is the center of my life and I give all my thanks to the blessings I’ve received through and from Him.

My goal through this blog is to be as transparent as I would be if we met on the street.

My friends and acquaintances vary on their thoughts and beliefs, and they can witness that I’m more of a listener when discussing my faith. I like to hear others’ stories, and when appropriate voice my own.

This year, I want to focus on studying His word, dedicate more time to daily prayers and increase my dependency on His plans.

2. Health In August, I joined a local Crossfit gym and fell in love. Love I tell you. I’m horrible at Crossfit, but the trainers are wonderful and I feel so much better about life when I’m participating consistently. This year, I plan to complete 3 WODs and mix in yoga and other activities each the week.

Also, I’m going be more aware of what I’m consuming with every fiber of my being. Hold the cupcakes, please.

3. Beauty Drum roll…. I rarely remove my makeup before I hit the hay. I know, I know. Using a gift card I recently purchased the Clarisonic Mia 2*. I’m obsessed. After only three or four days of use my skin is already a little more sparkly.

Twenty13 is the year of pillowing my head with a clean face and with grown up night cream. My age is flirting with upper-mid-twenties, and, creepers, I don’t have any plans of embracing wrinkles yet.

So, if you have any suggestions on a great night cream – let me hear them.

That’s it. Three steps to becoming a better version of myself. I finish this post after an amazing salad, a face a little prettier thanks to Clarisonic and an alarm set for 5:30 a.m. Crossfit, please be nice.

*The fine folks at Clarisonic Cleaning systems have no idea who is behind the keyboard at Rural Gone Urban. If they did I'd probably do one of those really cool before and after photos in exchange for a few products, but they don't so I'll just purchase the products with my own hard-earned dollars.