That time of year has come, as the clock quickly ticks toward the end of December, we are inching closer and closer to a new year. And a new birthday! Hoo Ra!
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this blog post. A friend of mine writes a post each year before her birthday making a list of resolutions that she wants to do before her next birthday. I love that idea. Because the list expands with age, the tasks are simple. Yet each task has its purpose.
And just before I sat down to write this list, I read another fantastic article. Ground shifting in fact. I started following Jen Wilkin just a few weeks ago and I can already tell I am going to like her. Her article is also based on the idea of setting resolutions, but centering them toward creating character development and ultimately glorifying God through the process. In a post just a few days prior, she lists 5 lies and 5 truths about female body image that is just a slap in the face when you really need it.
After reading these, I’ve decided that I still want to write my list of 28 before 29. But I really want to make this year a year of intention. One that will focus on reshaping the things that bring me down and encouraging the things that lift others up.
more books5 books. They say the average person stops reading once they leave high school, but there is so much to learn from books.
- Read through the Old Testament. In addition to 5 books, I want to fill my heart and mind with God’s story. I’ve been reading the bible via The Message, and have been amazed at how much more I understand and can see in my head.
- Find a cookbook that I enjoy and make at least 3/4ths of the recipes.
- Love more.
- Listen deeper.
- Put my husband before myself.
- Write 5 e-Cookbooks
- To become a woman of prayer
- Host a women’s night of prayer. (In the works for April 4&5)
- Intentionally plan 10 date nights.
- Explore at least 5 new coffee shops.
- Take a digital sabbath each week for at least 6 hours (this does not include sleeping)
- To spend more time with my parents.
- Write letters/cards.
- Send a post card when I travel.
- Focus on who I am in Christ, and who He is making me to be.
- Stop hating my body, and start counting it’s blessings
- Make a painting
- Sew a skirt
- Have 3 new friends over for dinner whom we haven’t shared a meal with before.
- Wash my car once a month.
- Buy a stranger coffee.
- Share a meal with a stranger.
- Start looking into a Masters Degree.
- Start looking into the adoption process.
- Attend a bible study
- Sing in the rain.
- Go to Haiti.