I swear, time is going by faster and faster. Here we are in 2013 and I have no idea how I got through 2012! With lots of God’s grace, that’s for sure. This year’s goals are very similar to last year’s goals, but I am laying them out here for my own accountability:
1. Prayer. I can always make improvement when it comes to prayer; not only making time for prayer but also in the quality of my prayer. If one of your goals is to make time for prayer, I encourage you to sign up on the side bar for the audio recording “6 Unique Ways to Find Time for Prayer.” I guarantee you will find a few ways make time for prayer you wouldn’t expect.
2. Live in the moment. This is always a struggle for me, especially when I’m taking classes. I am so caught up in what needs to be done next that I don’t fully enjoy or focused on the moment.
3. Keep attacking my sugar addiction. I’ve made some good strides in this year, and I even lost 30 lbs! Still it is an ongoing battle (hence the addiction) for me and something I will have to continue to work on. I caught myself stress-eating during the semester and of course went off the wagon during Christmas so I’m glad to get back on track.
4. Trust. My last year’s “word” was peace. This year’s word is “Trust.” I want to lean on the Lord more this year, trusting HIM to guide me and lead me according to His will.
5. Spend five minutes a day reading Scripture. I never seem to succeed following those “read through the Bible in a Year” tracts or even by following the ones that allow you to read through the bible in two or three years. I’ve decided to give up trying and just focusing on reading scripture daily and not worry about reading through the whole thing in any specific amount a time.
6. Go on retreat. It’s been a long time since I’ve been on a retreat where I was able to dedicate a large block of time to the Lord. I’d love to do a seven-day retreat but I don’t think that will be workable. My goal, though, it to go on one three-day retreat sometime this year.
6. Communicate more effectively. As someone who is relatively shy and reserved, it is not easy for me to communicate sometimes; especially when it comes to deeper or more important issues. I need to work on this. I can’t expect my husband (or anyone else, for that matter) to read my mind! So my one spousal goal for this year is to communicate more effectively.
7. Quality time. I probably should add this as an ongoing item. It is hard to make time just to be with my son when so much is vying for my attention, especially when classes are in full swing and I have assignments and deadlines to deal with. My plan is to take advantage of the time we have – during homeschooling and our bedtime routine – to focus just on him.
8. Keep my grades up. My goal last year was to get straight A’s in my classes, and except for the B+ in Chemistry, I’ve kept that goal. But, it was a lot of pressure. I technically only need to get C’s for the vocation program I’m in. Of course, I want to do my best, but I don’t want to let the pressure get to me either, so my goal for this year (for the upcoming spring and fall semesters) will be to maintain a B average for all my classes.
9. Post at least one article per week. If it weren’t for the several guest posts I had lined up, I probably wouldn’t have had any articles posted for the three months of classes. Part of it was the workload and part of it was a lack of planning on my part. So, what I am going to do is pre-post as many articles as I can now during my break and during any down time I have, so that this blog doesn’t get neglected while I’m in classes next semester.
10. Write at least 5 minutes per day. And by writing, I mean fiction writing, not writing for my blog or school. I have two writing dreams: to publish one novel and to publish one book of short stories. I am subscribed to the Aliventures Newsletter which is a newsletter dedicated to writers. In a recent broadcast she talked about a book called The Five-Minute Writer by Margret Geraghty. I haven’t read this book, but hoping to do so soon. In any case, the idea of writing only 5 minutes a day sounds very doable, so I am going to give it a try.
What are your goals for this bright new year? Do share in the comments. If you’ve written your goals out on your blog, feel free to share a link to the post. Whatever your goals may be, I wish you much success!