I love the fresh beginning of a new year. It’s like an exciting new book, you haven’t experienced yet. It’s crisp and clean, and no tattered pages or creased spines (which I hate!). Ahhh! I love new books and new years!
At the end of each year I go through and organizing spree, as an attempt to de-clutter before the new year starts. I also go to Barnes and Noble to get a half off calendar. I promptly put up the new calendar and review the previous year’s calendar. I love to look back and see all the things we did and didn’t do. Along with doing those things, I like to set up goals for myself. Some, I will never finish, but it really isn’t about that. I like to have something to aim for, even if life takes me in a completely different direction.
So, here are some of my goals:
Read the Bible everyday. I am reading only 12 different NT books of the Bible this year. One a month for the whole month. This is to help promote memorization. Let me tell you that it is already working! I am THOROUGHLY enjoying this plan.
Get healthy/ Lose weight. I hate to even have this on my list again, especially because I was at my goal weight this summer before my shoulder started hurting me. Since my shoulder was in such bad condition the Dr. recommended that I not workout. I tried several times, and realized that he was right. So, I quickly gained back all that I had lost. I’m very grateful to a friend, who started up a challenge for all us who are trying to lose weight. It’s fun and motivating because there are lots of people in the group. So, for right now, I am doing lots of cardio, and a little yoga, and counting calories. I’m also trying not to get discouraged because the scale is not moving, even though I have lost some inches! My goal is to be healthy, not to be skinny! I need to be healthy because I am called to, and I am able to serve my husband, family, and others much better if I am! So here we go!
Book List. Finish it! I haven’t compiled all my books yet, but I will have it up soon. I have to look back and see which books I started and didn’t finish and put them on the list.
Finish what I start. This is why I have started Nikity-Knackity. It’s a place to document all that I started and hadn’t finished. I’m really bad at this. I want to finish what I start because it reflects the character of our God.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
Anger and expectations. Having expectations on everything from people, my schedule and life is an easy thing to do. The problem is what I do about it, when life doesn’t go as I expected. My tendency is to get angry. Angry because the phone is ringing again and I’m getting ready to walk out the door. Angry because the kids keep talking to me when I am trying to talk on the phone. Angry because the phone call was about nothing important. Now, I’m really angry because we are going to be late. It’s a vicious cycle.Why do I get angry? I feel like I deserve better. I deserve to get out of the house with no interruptions and for everything to go my way. Wrong. I deserve hell and anything short of that is mercy. I should have joy. So, this is more of a sin area that I want to grow in, but thanks to reading James, I know that “the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” (James 1:20) I have been able to recall this verse when I feel the anger coming on. I am also getting ready to read: The Greener Grass Conspiracy. I’m really excited about it.
Keep the house in order: This serves everyone. I have seen a lot of fruit this year, but I don’t want to get lazy, so I’m going to keep it on the list!
Schooling with Bentley: I have found some stuff that I want to do, it’s just getting it in order!
Staying on Grocery budget. Because I am supposed to!
Well, I think that this is enough goals for right now. Hope you have some goals too!
xo, nikki :)