It’s January 3, 2019. How many times have you written 2018 on something in the last three days? Since I’m writing this before the New Year–I have big plans to binge watch some shows, rest, and write prior to this post going live–I probably have only done it a handful of times, especially since I don’t write checks anymore. :)
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions typically, but this year, I AM making a change in how I do things. I am setting goals, personally and professionally, that I PLAN to implement this year a little at a time–not all on January 1.
Here’s my list:
- menu plan weekly
- lose ~2 lbs/week until I hit my goal weight
- drink more water
- eat less sugar
- learn something new
- memorize a Bible verse/month
- Write 500 words/day or 3,000/week
- Read 1-2 pages in a writing book/day
- Write one personal blog/week
- Blog here at IR monthly
- Publish 3+ books (for the year)
- Send my newsletter once/quarter
All of this is written in my new journal.
On the facing page, I purposefully wrote the following (see pic ->), so that every time I went back to my goals, I would see it. I found both the words at the top and in the squares on Pinterest and used them for my purpose, but the page is all mine. ;)
Like the picture above, I expect to hit some rough areas during 2019. Maybe a bump in the road that derails me. Or fog that causes me to lose my way. Or maybe I’ll turn a corner and find something unexpected. All of that is part of life.
In addition to those, I will hit a few milestones. (note my positivity (yep, I just made up that word))
If I manage to publish all of the books I have on my goals page (four in the first six months, eight for the year, if I can swing it), I will hit the 20-books-published mark.
If I lose 2 lbs per week, I will hit my goal weight. Nope, I’m not sharing what that is. :D
If I use one hour of my weekend to plan my weekly meals, I will save thirty plus minutes per weekday because I won’t have to wonder what we’re having for dinner. I won’t have to wait for something to thaw. I won’t have to wonder if I have all of the ingredients. That’s at least two and a half hours of additional writing time per week. (I spend a lot of little moments throughout the day considering dinner because I HATE cooking.)
If I read two pages of a writing book per day, I will have read over 700 pages which is 2-3 writing books. Which is more nonfiction, except the Bible, than I’ve ever read in a single year.
None of these seem insurmountable, which is why I like them. They’re all possible. They can be accomplished. Even all together, they are not overwhelming.
When I was preparing my journal for the year, something I said a lot last year to other people popped into my head. God’s got this.
I don’t have a word for 2019. Nor have I heard of a specific verse for the year, but that’s okay. Because God’s got this. He’s got me and all of my plans, which I have prayed about, btw. Long before I wrote them down, I asked God what He wanted of me this year. First on His agenda was my health. I’ll be 49 this year. I’ve never, ever been fit or toned. At this late stage, it’ll be hard, but I’m going to try. I’m going to eat better, and drink more water. I’m going to walk or stretch 3-4 days a week. I’m going to focus on living well and feeding my spirit before I feed my body.
And you know what? By the end of 2019, I pray I can say that I did hit all the milestones listed above plus some. I want to be changed from the inside out.
As I typed those last words, a song from 2007 came to mind. Here’s the youtube link if you’d like to listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZ-fghqc8Oo
The chorus goes like this:
In my heart and my soul
Lord I give You control
Consume me from the inside out,
Lord, let justice and praise
Become my embrace
To love you from the inside out
That’s what I want above all else. Above all the goals I’ve set–writing, reading, eating, drinking, and exercising. I want to be consumed by God. I want EVERYTHING that I do in 2019 to be focused on Him, for Him, because of Him, in obedience to Him. I want to LOVE Him more.
So what are your goals for 2019?
Have a blessed year,