Since 2012 just began, I wanted to take a quick look back at my goals from 2011 to see how I did. So, here they are:
1. Read through the entire bible.
2. Deepen my relationship with Jesus.
3. Make prayer a continual thing.
5. Do something crazy.
6. Continue my education.
7. Pray for Corey and I’s future.
8. Be less critical of myself and others.
9. Not get stressed when my house is a wreck.
10. Discipline myself.
I did really good on #2, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9 and #10. I feel like last year I got to know Jesus a whole lot better. Corey and I also were able to save money and learned a lot about being good stewards of it. We did something crazy…we moved back to Oregon and took a leap of faith when lots of things were saying that the “smart” thing to do would be to stay where we were. I got my Associate’s degree about 6 months sooner than I thought and was able to graduate in December. I continually prayed (and still do) about our future and where God wants to take us, and he has already taken us so far. I have been much less critical this year and have learned to let go a little more and just let things be. And as for disciplining myself, God has really taught me a lot. My habits with money have totally shifted since the beginning of last year and the things I once thought I needed don’t even come to mind anymore.
I didn’t do so good on reading the entire bible. For one, I should never have put that on myself… the bible is HUGE. Not only that, it is so full of things that can’t be understood with a quick reading. The scriptures are something that need to be dug into, and that is one of the reasons I’m excited to start college at Multnomah University to finish my undergrad. I’ll be able to really learn about what I’m reading and investigate in-depth. I’d like to say that I did well on sticking to my goal of continually praying last year, but I’d be lying. I believe that prayer is an important part of my life, but sometimes I think I underestimate the power that it has. This year I’d like to spend more time in prayer and get to know Jesus more than I do now.
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This year, I looked up some ways to make it easier to stick to my goals. One of the easiest ways to stay on track and to not end up disappointing yourself is to make small goals and deadlines along the way. Here are some of my resolutions that I hope to work towards over the course of 2012.
- My first one is probably the one that is on almost everyone else’s resolution list: lose weight. I would like to lose 5 lbs. by the end of March and 10 lbs. by the end of summer. 15 pounds doesn’t seem like that much weight, and it’s not, but it takes me forever to lose weight so I don’t want to strike a large number and be disappointed in myself when I don’t make my goal. To see results, I am going to start Weight Watchers, use their points system, and join a gym.
- Do at least five things on my bucket list.
- Try one new recipe per week. I love cooking!
- Gain a deeper understanding of Jesus’ love for me, by spending time with him.
- Finish reading the New Testament. I am a slow reader when it comes to the Bible.
- Exercise at least two times a week. Yeah I know, three to five times a week would be ideal, but I’m starting small. A little progress is much better than no progress.
- Be more a more generous and giving person. This is very hard to define with goals, but it is a mindset that I want to grow in over this next year.
- Eat out no more than three times a week. That includes fast food. Now, this will probably actually be the toughest for me. Corey and I eat fast food a lot, and it’s wreaking havoc on our health. It’s been very difficult to eat at home the last 6 months or so and we’ve made fast food a habit. In 2012, it needs to stop.
- Take trips with my honey. Even if they’re small, weekend trips. We really need to see more of God’s creation and enjoy life!
- Pay off at least a quarter of Corey’s student loans.
- Save at least 10% of our income.
- Be a better friend. This is also really hard to define and make goals for…so I’m just going to leave it at that. =)
- Take a risk.
- Volunteer my time to a cause I’m passionate about.
”I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.” -1 Corinthians 9:26