Wow! I totally am floored that it is 2014 ! The saying is true - time really does seem to fly.
It is that time of year again, when I list my GOALS for the upcoming year. I don't make resolutions anymore, I stopped that a few years ago - instead I like to make goals for the year. Sometimes I meet them, sometimes I don't but you know what...that isn't the end of the world.
I didn't have a ton of goals last year - some goals I met, most I didn't. I had a tough year, emotionally. Even though I lost my dad in 2012, for some reason it was harder in 2013. I really went through a great deal of depression throughout 2013 and actually still deal with it. I try not to focus on it but throughout 2013, when my life was to be about "Balance" - it was instead about "Avoidance" - I just tried to avoid the world for the most part.
There were some good things that happened in 2013 - I got to see my friend Anita and my Godson, Jacob - not just once but TWICE last year - that was great ! I went to Nashville and saw Donny & Marie. I saw Adam Ant after many, many years. For the most part, my family was healthy and I got to see my niece & her husband, who I haven't seen in 2 years. I also go to meet my great niece, Isobel, in person and that was so special to me! I love that little girl so much! I turned 50 (gulp! but yea!). I started researching my family tree and found out a lot of interesting things.
However, when at home for the most part, I pretty much would lie on the couch, sleep when I could and avoid doing anything else - cleaning, crafting, cooking, reading, etc. I just wanted to close my eyes and wake up and everything be better - but it never was. I did what I had to do to get through each day and Thanked God for the strength that I survived another day without my dad, without Thatcher and Thanked God for those that I did have in my life.
Each year, for the past few years, I've picked a word to try to be my focus for the year - based on Ali Edwards "One Little Word" concept.
Previous year's were:
So what is the word for 2014? I keep going between two of them....Focus and Routine. I keep going back and forth. But I think I will make my word "ROUTINE" for 2014. Why this word? Well...I was thinking back to a time in my life when I was very, very busy yet I was pretty happy. I lived in a condo with my sister. I was going to school full-time, working full-time and managed to keep things at home organized and going smoothing and still managed time for a social life. During this time, though, I was really in a routine. I got up the same time daily, did certain things at certain times and on certain days. I liked having a routine schedule - it helped me stay organized and helped me stay focused (there is that word again). I think having a good routine helps with your focus, which is why I decided to go with routine.
My life now is anything but routine....I get up at various times, get to work at various times, leave work at various times, I don't plan my meals, I don't plan much of anything - what happens, happens. I am the kind of person that needs some kind of routine and schedule - it works for me, it helps me stay on track. So...that is going to be my One Little Word for 2014.
Well...as I do every year...I want to read the whole Bible in a year. I even have a special one-year Bible for this purpose:
The problem is...I have misplaced this ! (Maybe my OLW should be "organize"). Actually I THINK I know where it is but haven't looked there. So I will look there tonight and hopefully it will be there so I can start with it tomorrow. However...I do have another plan to follow as a backup.
This is obviously something that is near and dear to me - something I really, really want to do since it has been a goal that I do not stop thinking about....but sometime around March, I always seem to lose steam. I really want to complete this goal this year - mainly to stretch my spiritual knowledge but also so that this time next year, I will not be making this a goal again - I can actually say I DID IT.
Another spiritual goal is to spend more time in solitude and prayer. I am pretty good at this spiritual discipline but I want to include it as part of my daily routine. Spending time, probably after daily Bible readings, with just the quietness and listening for the Lord - giving my prayer requests to Him and just "being" with Him.
Well...I didn't meet any of my crafty goals from last year. As I mentioned, I was quite blue throughout a lot of the year. When you are feeling down, you just don't feel like doing anything, especially something crafty. I am...I promise, promise, promise, promise myself, that I AM going to complete my Around the World Afghan. Frankly, I cannot believe that I started this almost 4 years ago - has it really been that long?? I, mean, REALLY?? I guess time really does fly, as I mentioned earlier.
Of course there are other crafty things I want to do this year, but this is the only goal I am setting because this is the one that I will complete this year.
Genealogy - I will continue on my quest to find out more about my family. My goal is to get everything into 2 (or perhaps 4) books - can't quite decide how I will organize it. I want to especially have the Odom family information completed as much as possible before our family reunion at the beginning of May.
Health - I will continue to eat healthier. I have done fairly well - avoiding fried foods and refined sugars. I will continue to focus on healthy eating and incorporating more vegetables and more exercise into my life.
Reading - Other than the Bible reading plan, I am not really going to set any "reading" goals. I do want to take time to read more but it really isn't a goal, just something I hope to do.
Travel - Again, not really setting any travel "goals" but I do have a desire to take more "day trips" or "overnight trips" this year - places within driving distance. I am going to plan a trip to Washington, DC for me and my friend, Susan - but not sure I will take the trip this year - I would like to though - perhaps around September/October.
Well...that is really it - not really a lot of goals - mainly two - read the Bible in a Year and complete the Around the World Afghan. The others are, what I guess you might call desires or mini-goals.
Wish me luck :)