I’m not exactly sure what this year will be like, expecting a baby in July and all, so instead of making a lot of specific goals like I usually do (which is usually fairly effective for me) I’ve decided to go with two big ones that should affect every area of my life.
First, actively seek the presence of God.
I feel like I’ve drifted from this in the past year, spending so much time focused on myself and my struggles. I’ve forgotten what it’s like to pray constantly, to really study the Bible, and to think about spiritual things often. I’ve thought about how I can get back to this, and what I’ve come up with are a few specific things that, in my experience, cause me to feel more connected to my faith.
- This year, every third book I read will be faith-based. It could be a memoir, a study, or even Christian fiction, but when I read about God I feel closer to Him.
- I will try to always have some sort of Bible study going. Whether this is with a group or on my own, I need to have some dedicated time to spend learning about God.
- I will spend more time listening to worship songs. Music gets into my soul, and it can change my thoughts and attitude.
Second, take on my own Happiness Project.
Several of my friends have read the book by Gretchen Rubin, and they recommended it so highly that I obtained a copy for myself last year. There is a chapter for each month with a different focus, all eventually to help you be happier with your life. Last year I spent too much time being depressed, and I want this to be the year of happy. So I intend to read a chapter of this book each month and do my best to carry out its intention.
Then there are the other things I’d like to accomplish…
Mainly I’d like to have a healthy baby, but that’s out of my control for the most part.
I’d like to get back to exercising regularly, although that will mean more swimming and yoga and less running and biking.
I’d REALLY like to get our house fixed up before having a baby, and that will be a huge focus of my time until then, but I know it might not happen completely due to time and money. Still, we’re going to try.
I’d like to get back to blogging regularly, taking more pictures, and at least attempting to edit them.
And then there’s my list of 101 goals in 1001 days, which I’d like to continue to make progress on.
That’s it I think! Here’s to a happy, fulfilling 2011.