New Year’s Resolutions: the Big FOUR

It’s that time of year again, our second chance to start the new year (the Liturgical Calendar began with Advent in 2021).

These are the big four resolutions that I’m going to tackle (again) and I’ve included some resource, article and affiliate links that I’ve found helpful.

This is not an exhaustive list!

We’re starting with: Get Healthy, Pray More, Get Organized and Live Liturgically…with some subsections for each!

What are YOUR New Year’s Resolutions?

1. Get Healthy

The Smart Way to Make Healthy Resolutions You Can Keep by Keeper of the Home

Keeping Your Resolutions This Year by Very Well Mind

I’ve actually been a member of Noom for a couple months and I’ve actually lost some weight and changed some eating habits.
I think you get a bit of a deal (and maybe so do I?) if you use this link to join Noom

Fitness

I’ve been away from running…but at least using the elliptical machine and light weights and exercises at home.

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I’m also really excited about this program, founded by a friend of mine in my own little town. It’s a low-intensity exercise program and Antonietta runs it online during these crazy Covid times. Her friendly attitude is so upbeat and motivating, her enthusiasm is contagious, the members become fast friends and her playlist is AWESOME. Please check out Abotti with Antonietta.  You can even watch a sample video to check out if it’s for you!

10 Beginner Workouts That You Can Do At Home For Free by Fitness Blender

How to Build Workout Routines By Sport Fitness Advisor

Eating Healthy

Fresh Start Checklist by Eating Well

I did have some success with The Light Weigh Catholic Faith Based Weight Loss Bible Study and may just start that up again. I like the fact that it combines a reasonable way to eat that is quite flexible and focused mainly on portion control and that the whole approach to food is reinforced with Church Teaching, prayer and the Saints as mentors! The program doesn’t even rely on regular exercise, so maybe it will work even better now that I’m a little more committed to being active.

Once again…I’ve been actually quite impressed with Noom. It really is changing the decisions I make about food, without feeling deprived and I am slowly losing some pesky weight!

2. Pray More

Well, I can’t exactly NOT mention my book that I released last July, right?

Prompt Me to Pray by Monica McConkey is available in our Arma Dei Shoppe.

Prompt Me to Pray by Monica McConkey presents practical tips for prayer that can be easily customized to fit our busy lives, habits, daily tasks, and even our struggles. Recognizing our littleness as an inexhaustible source of Prompts to Pray helps us to reach out humbly in prayer when we need Him most and reminds us that God can use all things for good.

I have also been adding PDF booklets for the Seasons of the Liturgical Calendar. It turns out…there are SO MANY opportunities for Prompts to Pray and we can pick and choose just the right ones that appeal to us, for our own customized Play to Pray More!

Prompt Me to Pray through Advent (PDF)
Prompt Me to Pray through the 12 Days of Christmas (PDF)
Prompt Me to Pray through Lent
Prompt Me to Pray through Easter

Prompt Me to Pray with the Saints (working on it!)
Prompt Me to Pray to Jesus through Our Lady (working on it!)
Prompt Me to Pray through the Sacraments (working on it!)

And here are some other awesome Prayer Resources:

Here are some of our most popular prayer and Mass resources:

Prayer Journal Resources:

Mass and Sacraments Resources

 


Good (and Necessary) Spiritual Habits:

Bible Reading

Spiritual Reading

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2020 Catholic Books Reviewed and Recommended
by Equipping Catholic Families

Some of my NEW favorites:

and these are my favorites of all time:

Sacraments: Add a Weekday Mass and Confession once a month

Online Programs, Podcasts and Videos

Lay Programs, Podcasts and Videos


3. Get Organized

We’ve got Calendar and Planner Resources

Saint Stickies

Catholic Planners:

 

4. Live Liturgically

Follow ME on Pinterest!

70 Catholic Craft Kits available as PDFs (and limited quantities of printed craft kits, ready to be shipped), packed with Saints, Sacraments, Catechism and Prayer to help you teach and celebrate the ENTIRE Liturgical Calendar!

Don’t miss the:
Wall Calendar 2022 for Everyday Catholics: packed with illustrated Saints Days and Monthly Devotions!
Adjustable Liturgical Calendar PDF Craft Kit: This can be used year after year and comes with lots of Saint Stickies to Catholicize your wall calendar or planner!

Pick a Patron Saint:  Add a new Saint to your Dream Team, personally assigned to you!

Catholic Resources available by Subscription:

Monthly Sensory Kit Subscription by Cultivating Catholics
Catholic Family Crate Monthly Subscription
Catholic All Year Liturgical Living Box Subscription
The Mass Box: Subscription Box for crafts and activities for the Seasons and Saints Days of each month
Catholic Icing Monthly Membership Digital Pack of Resources

 

 

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