Last year I made a list of goals when January 1st came around. I did accomplish a few things laid out on that list, like making the living room curtains and graduating from Summit 1 and starting Summit 2. I was able to read 7 out of 12 books for the year, which is 5 more than the year previous. And I did participate in Nano, though I didn’t complete it and I didn’t work on the previous year’s book either.
This year, what I’d like to do is 6 (maybe more or less) 30-day challenges, additional to some random goals. This is what I’ve come up with so far, which may change:
For 30 days, I will…
-wear a dress (or skirt) every day
-only spend a certain amount of money on food (I might do this challenge twice – one month equaling a lesser amount of money than the other. I tend not to budget the money I spend on food and buy whatever I want and I’d like to actually be very conscious of the money going towards that and the meals that I’m making. I’ll share my results with all of you so you can see that a vegan diet does not have to cost more than an omnivorous diet).
-exercise for a certain amount of time every day
Potentially, I may also have a “nano” month during which I can finish one of the novels I’ve started, giving myself an imaginary deadline to meet. Some of these challenges might overlap. Ideally, I would do one every other month so I could have a month in between to prepare for the next, but I’m not sure that will work with my schedule, so we’ll see.
Some other goals I have:
-participate in Nano ’09
-get a passport (this has to be done by the summer because I’m likely going out of the country for a mission trip)
-read a book a month (I really think I can do this)
-sew some clothes for myself
-be intentional about relationships
My last goal and probably the most important is to live an organized and disciplined life. I realized recently that I’m not living the life I want to live. There are things I’m passionate about that I don’t incorporate into my daily living and that is just unacceptable. For example, the whole Jane Austen era fascinates me to no end. I love the dresses, I love the chivalry of it, and I love the idea of living in a really feminine way that is rarely seen in today’s world. So I’m going to find ways to implement those things into my everyday activities this year.
I’ve also been created with a love of “keeping my home” (Titus 2:5). I want to run my home now as if I had a family depending on me to keep things in order. I want to be disciplined and ready when the day comes to transition into married life, whenever that may be. [Even if that is never, this sort of planning can be used in other areas of life, and it makes me happy to do it, so that in itself is reason enough]. Tentatively, this will include a very thorough binder of things such as weekly meal plans, recipes, daily schedules for living (time management so less time is wasted), Scriptural/spiritual instruction and study on a wide range of topics, and additional project/necessity lists such as cleaning and laundry. Here is one example of how this works. My version of it won’t be quite so intense, but that is the sort of thing I’m aiming for. All this week, I have been going through a trial run of this and I can’t even explain the freedom I feel in having everything organized and planned out. I come home from work, look at my binder, and know what needs to be done and when and what I’m eating that night. I, of course, will allow for changes in schedules and things as the occasion arises, but at least I have a foundational structure to look to. Sticking to it also ensures I get enough sleep each night so I can get up earlier to spend time with God in the morning. I’ve been early to work every day this week because of it, which has never ever happened before. I’m excited. 🙂
So that’s my year. I hope you’ll stick around for the madness and share your goals with me!