I love the word “new”. Just think of all the wonderfulness that new describes.
I can’t help but say the word new and think of shiny red, spotless, and glistening. I don’t think new can have thoughts of negative.
However, the word new doesn’t come alone. It always follows change. And change often follows challenges.
So as we anticipate all the newness of a new year, let’s not forget to plan for how we’ll get there.
I spent some time over the past few days coming up with goals or challenges for this new year. Money Saving Mom has become an expert at setting goals, and I used her method to setting my own. I divided my goals into categories: Spiritual, Health, Marriage, Children, Ministry/Friendship, Personal, and Blogging/Writing.
Here’s a peak into my challenges, and some resources I’m using including two free printables I created. Be sure to use these resources if you’d like!
Click to download the free Yearly Goals 2013 Printable I made and used myself!
1. Read through the Bible in one year.
I’m joining Rachel Wojnarowski’s “Read Your Bible in a Year Challenge“. Read the details here, and be sure to get the free printable of the Bible reading schedule along with free printable bookmarks and a button for your website.
2. Memorize 24 Bible verses in one year.
For this I am joining Beth Moore’s Siesta Scripture Memory Team where you memorize two Bible verses a month.
3. Join a new Journey Group at church.
1. Run a 1/2 marathon.
I ran a 1/2 marathon back in 2011. And in 2012 Baby Girl came. So this is the perfect time to start training for my second one.
2. Eat sugar (dessert) only once a week.
I love sugar!! Yes, I really, really love it! I could live off of dessert! Except it makes me feel kinda funny after a while. So I really need to start working on not eating so much of it. I am going to follow the Real Food Experiment that my friend Melanie is starting to try to incorporate more real food into our meals – and less sugar!
1. Praying for my husband every day.
2. Praying with my husband at least four times a week.
3. Join a Journey Group at our church.
1. Pray for Baby Girl every day.
2. Pray with Baby Girl every day.
3. Read the Bible to Baby Girl every day.
4. Read other books to Baby Girl every day.
5. Be present when she is awake and in my presence.
1. Read 24 books in a year – two a month.
I am a book hoarder. I truly am. I love to buy and collect books. The only problem is that I don’t read them as fast as I buy them. This year I made a plan to read two books a month. Each of the books on my list are ones I already have, and I’m either reading them for the first time or for a second time.
Click to download the free Books to Read in 2013 Printable I made and used myself!
2. Complete Baby Girl’s first year baby book.
3. Learn to sew at least one dress for Baby Girl (but hopefully more).
4. Complete tutorial and read more about photography and using my new Nikon 5100.
1. Write for publication in a magazine.
2. Write a blogging “business plan”.
3. Only work online Monday through Saturday.
4. Write a publish a second eBook.
5. Attend She Speaks writing conference.
I’d love for you to share with us. What are your goals/challenges for 2013? If you wrote about it, put a link to your post in the comments!