Is it really already January 18th? I’m not sure what happened to the first half of the month. Heck, I’m not even sure what happened to October through December for that matter. I’m sure I was busy. Doing what, I’m not sure. Clearly it wasn’t blogging.
With January 1st came the usual flood of resolution references everywhere I turned. I’m not sure how I feel about resolutions. I do feel like the first of the year is a great time for a fresh start, and I’m usually more successful with something if I start then, but you know me and my unreasonable fear of failure. Making resolutions seems like a sure-fire way to set myself up to fail miserably. You can understand my apprehension here.
On the other hand, a person has to have some direction, some motivation to make this year better than the last, something to work toward. So this year, I’m finally taking the advice of some of the most successful people I know, and I’m setting goals. Not just setting them, I’m putting them in writing. Sure, I may not reach every one of them, but if I’m at least a step closer to each of them at the end of the year, I’m already better off than I was before I started.
So without further ado, my goals for 2012:
- Blog more consistently. See the date of my last post. This needs no further explanation.
- Lose 100lbs. Yes, that number is astronomical. Yes, it’s unlikely I’ll reach that in a year. But I’ve done it once, and I believe I can do it again. As long as I’m trying, I’ll be healthier than I am now, and that’s really what it’s all about.
- Finish my book. I wrote a children’s book over two years ago. I am so happy with the story itself, and I have grand visions of the illustrations, but I’ve been afraid to start drawing, in case I can’t do it well enough. It’s time to buck up and do it anyway.
- Decide what I really want to be when I grow up, and promote myself. I think I know what it is I’d like to do, but I absolutely have to find the confidence to put myself out there and see how far I can take it.
- Read the Bible in one year. This should say finish the Bible in one year, because I’ve started it three times and failed every year.
- Use my backbone. I’ve only recently developed one, and I’m still learning to use it, but I’m determined to stick up for myself and my family without the fear of what others will think.
- Focus on the friends I have and let go of the ones I’ve lost. Pretty self-explanatory. It’s just time to move on and stop dwelling on the past. It’s better to surround yourself with positive people anyway, and I don’t like the way those others make me feel.
I don’t know where this list will take me, but I’m going to do my best. I’ll take all the prayer and encouragement I can get along the way!
What are some of your goals for 2012? I can’t be the only one with this much to work on. If I am, please don’t let me in on it. 😉
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As a former Christian who studied the Bible extensively over a long period of time, I don’t think you can FAIL at reading the bible (on a personal level. I mean, you can fail at INTERPRETING it and forcing ancient Jewish laws on other people, but I digress). It’s one of those things that speaks to you in different ways at different times. Reading some of it, actually thinking about what you’re reading – hell, you could just read Proverbs or the Psalms over and over and over again and I think that would be all the “read the bible in one year” you would need. In fact, if people HAVE to read the Bible, I think Proverbs is where they should start. And stay.
Regardless – NOT a failure. You have to make a plan for yourself. Those daily bible reading plans never worked for me, but I did read and study like, at least five hours a day and I was always thinking it over in my head. Be a little gentler on yourself, Anya, JESUS.
And this is from a friend you have. 🙂
I am so happy to see you blogging again! I think you have some excellent goals. And if you don’t accomplish them all in a year, at least you are heading in the right direction! I read through the Bible in a year last year and I have started over again this year. I am doing the chronological reading plan and that really helped me to understand things better. I found a new, deeper understanding of the Bible. I was and am totally amazed at the new covenant and the grace of God. One goal I am going to make this year is to get to see you again!