I am not at all unhappy to see the year 2014 end. It isn’t that 2014 was a “bad” year but it was a difficult year personally for a variety of reasons. No need to do a rehash. There were many growth opportunities and many disappointments. I hope to take what I like from 2014, build upon the positives, learn from the failures and move forward while leaving the rest. So Goodbye 2014 and Welcome 2015!!
I came across this quote in an email that I want to start with in 2015:
“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” (Brad Paisley)
So, inspired by the quote, and since I am a list maker, I thought I would begin this year by sharing with you 15 things in 2015 that I want/hope to write in my 2015 365 page book. Of course, this list will be modified as the year progresses. I understand, no, I am learning, however, that the process or path taken to accomplish any of these goals is often where the greatest growth, learning and sense of fulfillment occurs, especially if the goal is not ultimately achieved. This will be important for me to remember.
- Practice mindful kindness. See Colossian 3:12 “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness and patience,” (ESV)
- Improve and maintain my physical health. This means losing weight and getting myself back into a good fitness regimen. I know, I know this is one most people start with on January 1. But since I experienced “the life change” in late 2013 this has been an area of great disappointment for me.
- Participate, once again, in a faith community where I can serve and grow. I will be depending on God to accomplish and to change me. I have had so many heart aches and disappointments in this area that I am an not honestly very enthusiastic about moving forward with this one.
- Take an actual vacation. I have some ideas about what I would like to do. Nothing definite though.
- Write 3 blog posts a week working towards goal of writing a blog post every day by the end of 2015.
- Start and complete a cross stitch project(s). I used to cross stitch all the time. Not sure why I let it go. I guess I could blame it on technology. Time I used to spend cross stitching I am now spending on the computer.
- Update my resume. Get a different job/change careers? The updating my resume is the easy part. The second part will be a bit more of a challenge. And in the end may not be the right thing to do but I need to take a look at the options.
- Eat more fish. I have talked for the last couple of years about incorporating more fish into my diet. I just have to do it and accept some food “fails” along the way.
- Learn to speak/read/write Russian. I have worked for an organization for 20 plus years that ministers to Russian speaking people yet I have never really made the effort to learn the language. A co-worker of mine has learned/is learning Russian on his own and I am challenged to at least give it a try.
- Walk my dogs more. Used to take them for a walk every day. A habit I would like to incorporate back into my and their life. This will do them and me a great deal of good. They are older so can’t go for as long but they love walks.
- Bike 50 miles in one day. This would be the approximate distance from my home to my parents home.
- Run a 5k. I used to run on a regular basis. Due to some minor injuries I have not yet been able to run like I used to. I would like to give it another try in 2015.
- Complete a few “Great Courses” purchased over the years. If you are not familiar with the great courses, I highly recommend you check them out. Visit The Great Courses
- Make some new friends. My mom has always told me “To have friends, you must be a friend.” This is a goal where I will have to be very, very intentional about putting myself in situations where friends can be made.
- Enjoy life more by changing my focus to be more positive about…well, everything. “But here’s the key: when we set our minds on higher things, no matter what the circumstances are, it helps us to live with a positive attitude and enjoy life more” (Taken from Spiritual Inspiration)
I begin 2015 with this prayer for all of us:
“…that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy…” Colossians 1:9-11 (ESV)
Shalom – nothing broken, nothing missing