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Instead of New Year’s Resolutions, I’ve chosen a word to focus on for 2014. My word for the year is intentional. Specifically, there are a few areas I want to be intentional in:
Marriage: I need to be more intentional in giving Gerald attention as my husband and in focusing on building our relationship, especially now that we have a son who demands much of our attention (mostly mine right now). I need to be intentional in the ways I talk to Gerald and to allow space for some spontaneity in our relationship.
Motherhood: I want to be intentional in spending time with Jaylen and in investing in his life. This is especially important when I go back to to work in March. I want to be present for my son when I’m not working.
Spiritual: I want to be intentional in spending time with God. It’s challenging to do right now with a newborn, but the times that I do get to do a devotion, I want to be very intentional on making that time count.
Family: I’d like to be more intentional about connecting with my family, and specifically my siblings. We’ll have to FaceTime Jaylen’s Uncle Nathan more often so he can see how he’s growing!
Time/Activities: If I want to be intentional about the things listed above, I may need to say no to certain activities or serving opportunities in order to invest my time in the relationships and things that I think matter most.
2013 was quite the eventful year for us. We faced marital challenges, buying a house, getting a dog, having a baby, etc. It was definitely one of the more challenging years of my life. So I’m glad to close the door on 2013 and I’m looking forward to what 2014 will bring.
A few years ago my young adult fellowship wrote out our goals for the new year & framed them so we would remember them. The goals were in categories (spiritual, physical, family/personal & other). Today I’m posting my goals publicly. That means you all can keep me accountable, which is scary but hopefully encouraging at the same time. So here are my goals for 2012 (in each of the categories):
1. To spend time with God daily. And mostly by this one I mean to FINALLY finish the One Year Bible I started reading at the beginning of 2009. I’ll admit that I don’t always do my devotions every day because I let life get in the way, but sometimes I also read other passages instead of the One Year passages (it takes one from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament, Psalms & Proverbs). But this is the year I will finish it! I’m at about September right now so it’s possible. I also just want my times with God to be more meaningful and not just like another task on my “to do” list. So I want to be in dialogue with God throughout my day too.
2. To finish a half marathon (and maybe a Sprint Triathlon). I’m already signed up to do my first half marathon this June with one of the girls in my youth group. Since I already completed the 10 miler (and that’s the long run distance you need for a half marathon), I know I can do the race. Now I just need to start building up my mileage base again and get on a training plan. I’m not going to worry about pace. I just want to finish. Ideally I’d like to finish in about 2 hours, but we’ll see what happens. 🙂 I’d also like to do a Sprint Triathlon this summer, but we’ll see how that works out financially (races are expensive!) and training/time-wise. If not this year, then in 2013!
3. To tell my husband something I appreciate about him every day. One of Gerald’s love languages is words of affirmation, but I know I don’t verbally affirm him enough. My words aren’t always that encouraging either. I need to show him that I care about him and that I appreciate and notice the things he does–no matter how big or how small. I’ll have to continually remind myself of this goal because it will be an easy one to overlook.
4. To step out of my comfort zone at work. I want to challenge myself at work this year to get out of my comfort zone, whether it means speaking up to share an idea, volunteering to do something that I don’t necessarily want to do, or thinking outside the box to come up with a creative pitch angle for an author. When I’m able to get out of my comfort zone, not only will I learn to trust God in those situations more, but I think I’ll also learn and grow more professionally.
Do you have any goals/resolutions for 2012? If not, consider coming up with a goal in categories like I did (spiritual, physical, family/personal, professional). We’ll check back at the end of the year to see how we did!