It's that time of year again, the time to set goals. When I look back on my history of sticking to the goals I set, it's not perfect -- far from, actually. But pobody's nerfect (10 points if you know what that's from) and I've found it's always good to try to improve yourself. The biggest thing I've learned is that you're probably going to miss a day, a week, whatever, but that doesn't mean you just give up! My hope for this year is that I'll pick myself back up even after the hard days. I felt very strongly that I needed to set the goals I did this year, and I'm excited to get crackin.
To help me remember my goals, I've got three words I'll be chanting to myself all year long. They are:
Read. Run. Create.
Let me explain...
My scripture reading has been sporadic at best lately, and I have noticed a difference. I need that spiritual lift daily, and I'm excited to get back into that habit.
»(At Least) 12 New Books in 2015.
I love reading - always have. It's such a good way to give my brain something more than just mindless TV now that I'm not in school and forced to learn. The problem is, I always tend to gravitate back to old favorites (HP, anyone?) and while I love those books and always will, this year I want to make sure I read some new ones as well. I already have a few in mind:
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Dreamers and Deceivers by Glenn Beck
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum
Any other suggestions are welcome. :)
One Half Marathon, one 10K, two 5K's.
This is one I KNOW I will accomplish, because I've actually been training for the half marathon for two months already! I'm already up to 7 miles and loving it. It almost feels like cheating... it's not really a "New Year's Resolution", since I've already been working on it! But I'm excited and motivated to keep going. The shocker here is that I run in the morning. I've become a morning person!!! And it feels sooooo good to get up and move.
»Compose or Arrange 12 songs in 2015.
This one is probably the scariest for me, but the one I feel the biggest push to do. I studied music in college, after all, and I don't do much with it lately besides teach piano. I even have my very own piano, and it just sits lonely and cold a lot of days. I have felt for a lot of years that I should write music, but have always been too chicken to try (aside from when I had to for my classes). Well, this year, I'm gonna try. I'm talkin real songs that I actually write down and solidify, not just random doodles. AH! I don't know why this scares me so much, but I'm gonna step waaaaaay out of my comfort zone, stop being such a baby, and DO IT. We'll see how it goes.
»Create, in General.
Some other things I'd like to create this year:
»A new recipe.
»5 fiction stories... just for fun. I love writing, but don't do it enough.
»An artsy, DIY project for our apartment. This blog has been totally inspiring me lately. They have a lot of super great ideas that I want to try.
»Some sort of jewelry.
And a bonus goal that Jim and I will accomplish together this year...
Become Debt Free.
This one is going to feel so good. We received Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover as a wedding gift, and Jim ate it up immediately. I was a little unsure at first, but once Jim convinced me to read it... I got really excited! We've already paid off our credit cards and a couple of other things and are working hard at attacking the rest of our debt. We honestly don't have much debt in comparison to some of the people in the stories Dave tells, but we're gonna have to really stick to our guns to pay it all off this year. We already have a plan and are so gung-ho about it! Seriously, read his book. It will change your life.
Well, there you have it. I hope to post updates about these goals here, but we'll see how that goes... you know me ;) Hooray for self improvement. I'm excited to see what this year brings!!!