Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Happy New Year!

Yes, I am slightly late sending my New Year's greetings. My kids didn't go back to school until today, so my "real" 2009 didn't start until today. Until today I was still on 2008 Christmas vacation. I was going to end my 2008 Christmas vacation on Sunday, but then I got the stomach flu (courteous the Snow side via John). So I decided to delay the official start until I felt better which happened to be the same day the kids went back to school.

On New Year's Day as we were traveling back through the woods and over the river from Grandmother's house, Joe asked me what I had planned for 2009. I said what I normally say when Joe asks me such questions. "I have no idea." Joe is a verbal thinking. He talks while he thinks. I am a silent thinker. I don't talk while I think. And so while I haven't talked about it in the last 6 days (and I'm sure he is shocked that I even remember that he asked the question), I have thought about it. Maybe it would be good to set some "goals" for 2009. I would call them resolutions, but I'm more of a "goal" person than I am a "resolution" person. Strange as it may sound, I am more likely to accomplish it if I set a "goal" than I am if I make a "resolution". Now, in order to be encouraging to myself, I have learned to always set at least some goals that are very easy to attain. So, while you may chuckle to yourself about some of my goals, just remember that I am accomplishing something. Here are some that I thought I'd share with you:

  • Read through the Bible in one year...I'm pretty sure that between college (OT & NT surveys) and years of reading my Bible that I've read all of it. But I would like to just once read it all in a year. I've already got a head start on this goal as I actually started reading through the Bible in December.
  • Live healthier...okay, let's just be honest I'm going on a diet and I'm going to start exercising again. The goal is healthy living but I would be sorely disappointed if I didn't lose weight.
  • Take the kids to see Yellowstone this summer...well, I guess I should say "take Joe" as well since he has never been either.
  • Get my blog printed into book form...I found some software that will do this.
  • Make my bed everyday...I don't think I've done this since I lived at home. I came to a realization last month that it probably is unreasonable for me to ask my kids to make their beds everyday if I don't make my bed everyday.
  • Submit an article to be published..YIKES! I can't believe I put that into print so that someone can actually hold me accountable! I've wanted to do this for awhile and have some ideas.
  • Get satellite TV...yea! This one will be easy since it is already ordered. We are just waiting for them to install it. We will go from a whopping 6 channels to over 40. Now we will have 40 channels to flip through before we determine that there is nothing on TV.
  • Read some brain stretching material. Joe got me Paradise Lost for Christmas so I will start there. If I get through it, it will be one of the only books that I have read that Joe has not read.
  • My last goal is pretty much out of my control, but I would trade in not accomplishing any of my other goals in order to see just this one accomplished. I want my neighbor to find Jesus and experience His love, forgiveness, and peace.

May this year bring you blessing upon blessing from our loving Heavenly Father.


Garden Girl said...

Happy New Year to you too!

1) Please pass along software mentioned in post. I've actually been thinking that printing people's blogs and making them into books would be a good from home business.

2) Would menu planning with me help that eating/living healthier goal? Hmmmm?

3) Let me know how Paradise Lost is, I've been trying to read more too. More for recreation then for enlightenment so not sure that book would fall into my reading list.

Miss ya!

Alissa said...

Paradise Lost was the ONE book in senior AP English that I purposely skipped...I read a few pages (maybe a chapter?) and couldn't take any more. Maybe I should pick it up again and see if I can wade through it as an adult. ;) Better yet, let me know what YOU think of it. :D

Sparrow Wing said...

Paradise Lost...I had to read part of that for British Lit...I wish I could have appreciated it more. I got kind of confused by some of the language. Maybe that book will be the topic a future post of yours?!

LivingFree said...

I'm way behind on my reading...I'd like the info on the blog into book.

I keep saying I'm going to submit some articles to be published and work on some children's books and those were a couple of my goals for the year. We'll have to hold each other accountable. Right now I'm trying to retrieve what I lost when my hard drive crashed.