new year :: new dreams

I love a good to-do list. My favorite kind of list is probably my new year's resolutions list. Kind of odd, you know...considering how I rarely accomplish anything on them.

But, I'm nothing if not loyal. Ha. Really, I have been looking forward to setting some new goals to help myself along this year. I did spend a lot of time thinking about what I wanted to change, do, and try this year. I also wanted to set myself up to succeed. Obviously, I need to be challenged. There is really only so much you can accomplish laying in bed watching Modern Family. But, I think the main issue with my big to-do lists of the past (birthday challenges and new year's resolutions) is they were a bit unrealistic. Sure, I wanted to lose weight and find success...but I set some pretty serious rules to help me reach those goals (work out everyday, save x amount of money each week, etc). This year, I am trying to be a bit more open-ended with my goals. 

Anyway....here they are: 

Read more. 
The Bible. I've got the an app on my phone and I'm following a reading plan. Hopefully this will help! 
I'm also challenging myself to read 52 books this year. I set this same goal last year, but fell a bit short. I didn't read for several months out of the year...so I'm considering the 37 I completed a pretty good accomplishment :) I'll share more about this in a later post.

Worship more.
I'm not going to lie, I got pretty angry with God this past year. I know that's normal, but I also know that in the end, it really only hurt me. Charlie and I both want to read the Bible in it's entirety. We also chose a verse for the year and we read it everyday...it's sort of our mantra for the year (Psalms 37:4). And, we are thinking about trying some new churches, now that we have moved further away from our home church. 

Eat better.
Because really, it probably can't get worse. 

Move more. 
Again, this is pretty vague. Again, any movement at all would be an improvement on last years workout totals. I would like to be able to run a mile without quitting as well as complete a 5k before my birthday in May.

Budget better.
Because like the previous two, we don't really do that much now. We are hoping to buy a house this year as well as pay off most of my student loans. We need a plan to accomplish this. We also need some stick-to-it-ness. Currently, we have neither. 

Learn more.
I really hope to go back to school this summer. I would love to take French lessons. And, hopefully I can fit in a few non-fiction books in that reading challenge. 

Do more.
This one is kind of silly. But, I just want to remember to get up and live each day. I'm challenging myself to take a photo a day, see more live music, hang out with friends and family more often, travel some, and basically, step outside of my comfort zone more. C and I are going to watch a classic movie each month (there are SO SO MANY that neither of us have seen). There are some ideas I have that I want to work on (mostly creative, or work related) and I am making daily to-do lists (told you, I love them)...as well as my birthday challenges. Hopefully, this will all be beneficial!!! 

1 comment:

Anna said...

Your list sounds wonderful and you and Charlie are eerily like Jack and myself. LOL. :) My list this year is "eat better, move more, save money, buy a house, graduate." Hopefully by leaving it more open to interpretation, we'll be more successful. Good luck to you - the BHMs and I are here to help keep you on track or just to listen to you complain when you need to!