In looking back over 2016, I feel grateful for my daughter’s challenge to set goals. I found myself motivated by thinking through tangible actions to take and by setting the intention of recording progress.
I noticed that the wintery early months of the year seemed to slow for me, offering time and space to write and record. As the year progressed, the whirlwind grew, so that after July’s detailed post, I just lumped the goals together with good intention in October.
I still believe that a little bit of something is better than a lot of nothing, so those somethings count! Below is a recapping of last year’s goals followed by my thoughts moving forward into 2017.
Goals for 2016:
- Spiritual ~ Maintain daily quiet time and prayer, following current Bible reading plan. Journal responses and thoughts that result from that time. Spend time in stillness. Read one faith-based book/month.
I followed this consistently and well. While I don’t have a detailed list of books that I read, I read a lot, I have plenty of journal pages full of words, and I read through the Bible again. In 2017 I am following a chronological Bible reading plan and continuing to journal. I hope to focus on growth in my prayer life while continuing to read a faith-based book each month.
- Family ~ Connect with Steve intentionally each week on a heart-level. Risk sharing something scary or overwhelming inside of me with him during that time. Connect with at least one child intentionally each week. Keep track. Make the most of one~on~one impromptu moments that arise with the children. Keep track.
I am still working here, but many times with Steve and with the children happened. There are a lot of people to keep up with in my life! In 2017 I want to continue on this path with more intentionality, especially in connecting with Steve. As I gain clarity as to my style of relating, I am better able to name barriers to connecting and work to overcome them.
- Social ~ Connect with at least one friend for coffee or conversation time each week. Say yes to fun. Make an effort to have people over to the house again starting with once/month. Adult kids and their guests are a bonus and not part of this number!
While friend and coffee time happened regularly, having people over did not. This season still hasn’t picked up with adults, though our children have had friends over and adult children have visited. Also, our parents have come over. That counts! Thanks to friends in my life, I said yes to a few fun things! I am grateful for those who continue to invite me to play. I hope that 2017 finds me continuing to grow here while also recognizing the space that I need for rest, renewal, and recovery.
- Physical ~ Do 20 minutes of yoga at least five times a week. Longer or more times is a bonus. Improve flexibility in my down dog. Practice presence on the mat. Consider walking Dewey as an opportunity to get exercise and fresh air and not an annoying burden built into my already full day!
I am feeling good about my exercise habits. It was a good year, and I feel more healthy and fit than I have for a long time. For 2017 I am adding mindful eating and drinking to my physical goals. I often eat and drink mindlessly, making poor choices.
- Teaching ~ Organize my teaching materials and office space. Write an encouraging note to one student/week recognizing individuality and strengths.
This happened. It is always a work in progress. For 2017 I plan to continue focusing on this.
- Personal Development ~ Pursue the Allender Center’s Lay Counseling Certificate. Read one book per month related to personal growth.
This is my big work in progress. Not only did I pursue the certificate, but I registered for and started it thanks to encouragement from friends and family. I am halfway through and will finish in March. The reading for this course has more than fulfilled my personal growth reading goal. In 2017 I plan to finish this certificate and then evaluate where I am in my personal development goals and where I would like to be. I plan to continue reading personal growth material.
- Ministry ~ Attend Stephen Ministry meetings regularly. Participate actively. Return to worship team rotation at least once per cycle.
I did this. For 2017, I plan to continue participating in these ministries.
- Financial ~ Take intentional time with Steve to go over the family finances and budget and grow in understanding of our financial goals together.
Still working. I am weak here. There is a lot of baggage surrounding money in my life, and this is a huge mental block for me. In 2017 I plan to be better at mindfully planning and spending money, using cash only, and communicating with Steve regularly about our family financial goals.
- Writing ~ Schedule intentional time each week to write and work on the blog. Submit one Red Tent post for consideration each month.
Finding intentional time to write for myself did not happen. I grabbed moments here and there for any writing that I did on the blog. I submitted 11 Red Tent posts, 10 of which were published. I gave myself grace to not submit in December. For 2017 I renewed my personal blog hosting, after much consideration. I plan to continue to write into the ambivalent space that is Composting the Heart while seeking future direction. I may submit to Red Tent as I feel led or inspired but will not make it a set goal like last year. I am grateful for the way my goal of engaging last year’s themes led me to process more deeply my heart and find more clearly my voice.
In keeping with my focus word for 2017, I am going to persist in the work set before me. If I were to choose two areas for improved focus, they would be financial and writing. Those felt weakest last year.
Rather than list out an entire set of new goals for the year, I hope to continue on the current path and see where it has taken me twelve months from now. Thank you to all of you who continue to read and support me with your love and encouraging words.
What are your 2017 goals and intentions, Dear Reader? Do share!