|Confession: I wasn't wearing makeup so I overexposed this picture on purpose in order to hide my (many) flaws. Overexposure hides a multitude of sins.|
You knew it was coming, right?
Goal-making. Resolutions. A roadmap to a new year and becoming a new, more disciplined person.
The thing I most like about resolutions is not in the beginning (though the lists are fun to make and think about and the expectation and anticipation around it is exciting) but actually, in the end. The flip side. The end of the year, when I can look back and see how far those goals got me- through dedication, through (sometimes) hard work, often through diligence and always because I was resolved to think about them, to take notice, to consider those things important.
Even if I don't make every goal to the "T", it is the striving to be better- more complete- more disciplined that makes it worthwhile. And then, finding out that in the end, I actually WAS those things....that makes it FUN.
This year was particularly hard to consider making any sort of plans for the new year because the foreseeable future seems plenty bleak these days with all the economic woes and Christian blows we are facing in our nation. A teetering nation, we are.
And yet- I suppose that it is times of unrest that require the most steadfastness and dedication to what is true and noble and good. So, resolutions I will make. And there are many. Some more noble than others, as you will see, but all are mine.
(Matt has his own list for Hopestead. These are mine.)
- Plant several Christmas trees
- Plant an asparagus bed
- Plant several fruit trees
- Cut back very overgrown Lilac Bushes
- Prune Apple trees (second year)
- Begin concrete plans for Hopestead Herb Farm
"If you shoot for the moon and don't succeed, at least you are among the stars!" Any dollars I can set aside toward these goals will be well worth the efforts in the end. Best case, we get our house paid off faster just because I was unjustified in my fears. Is that a bad thing? I think not.)
- Give Matt $40.00 per paycheck (because he's earned it, after all.)
- Pay $10,000. toward principal of house (on top of mortgage payments.)
- Save $5,000 toward a new van (ours has 130,000 miles on it so a "new" one is inevitable.)
- Save $1,000 to put toward investing
- Reevaluate our budget and spending and completely overhaul it to accommodate our CODE ORANGE, LOCKDOWN status. :-) (Yeah. Smiling NOW.)
- Cut all unnecessary spending. (ouch. It hurts already.)
(These are the non-trackable, SILLY things. The biggest non-trackable, not-silly goal I have for myself this year is to be more fearless in speaking the Truth to people who need to hear it, especially those people I LOVE. This is hard for me because I often don't want to hurt peoples' feelings or make them angry and I worry too much about peoples' opinions of me. I am going to be working on this but it is not something that is "attainable" or "trackable"- two things that I think resolutions need to be in order to be do-able. The goals in this list make my life more beautiful- not my spirit, necessaril but are both attainable and trackable.. Silly stuff, like I said.)
- Read through a not-dorky devotional. (Any suggestions?)
- Learn to knit socks. (Tell me you didn't know this was coming...)
- Decorate, even thriftily, the childrens' rooms.
- Make something for myself to KEEP. (My family tells me I have a bad habit of giving away everything I make. So I will try and KEEP one thing for myself this year.
- Invite people over for dinner at least once a month. This includes people around the community as well as friends and church family.
- Lose 5# a month until I reach my goal weight. Which, if the "average for my size" goal weight- should be in March; if the "Got Married This Big" goal weight- should be by May.
- Wake up to send Mattie off to work each morning (while conscious) and make him lunches to take with him.
- Reestablish family read-alouds
- Begin reading the Classics (using Susan W.Bauer's The Well Educated Mind as a guide.)
- Take one photo a week finding Beauty. I was talking to a gal a few months back who said that I often take mundane moments and make them beautiful by photographing them. I love that about photography- it gets you to see the beauty even when it is hard to find. But that she had said that about me was more than generous, because I haven't felt like I have done that in ages. So, this year, I knew a personal photo challenge was in order. Once a week. My life IS beautiful- this shouldn't be THAT hard, right?
- Get a church website up and running...preferably sooner rather than later since the elders of our church have been waiting for two months already...
- MAKE something once a month. Maybe a Christmas present. Maybe not. Just MAKE. Because it is good for me.
Do you have any goals for the coming year?