Last week I published an overview of how January went. I was pretty happy with how I had done working towards a number of my goals.
Perhaps I set myself up for a bit of a regression with that post… whatever the reason, this week came along and had a couple of major frustrations and derailments in the goals areas.
Before we go on… I’m not giving up on all of these goals I’m working on, but I sure thought about giving up on at least a few of them this week. This blog post was almost titled “why I decided to give up on all of my goals.” (That isn’t entirely true, but it was discouraging.)
Since the things I write here are basically a “look into the thoughts inside my head” a generally scary place to look, I thought I would practice some honesty and tell you how things went this week.
Nothing Seemed To Work
I don’t think I’m alone in this, but from time to time I’ll have a week (or even just a day) where it seems like nothing is working. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong.
I just sat down in my chair and got my iPad and keyboard out. It is time to buckle down and work on this weekends blog post.
Before I get started I sip my “water.” It is an experimental concoction of water, lemon juice, stevia and apple cider vinegar. It’s not horrible, but it really isn’t that good. I should have stopped with the lemon juice and stevia. I need the electrolytes, but I could have just swallowed a pinch of salt instead of mixing it in my cocktail.
I’m also not 100% convinced that I need apple cider vinegar in the morning.
It feels like a lot of what I’m eating or drinking (or not eating/drinking) is an experiment these days.
In fact it feels like a lot of my life is an experiment right now.
If you are like most people I know, you’ve probably been thinking some about this new year and how you’d like this year to be the year that some things change. I know I have.
Last week in my “year in review” post I said that I didn’t make any specific goals or resolutions at the beginning of last year. But this year will be different. I am going to make some goals. Not only that, I’m going to publish them here for you to read. (I do reserve the right to have some goals that I don’t publish here…)
In the past I’ve kept my goals to myself, after all they are personal things. However, I’ve heard from several sources that being public about what you are going to do increases the likelihood of you actually doing it. Besides I wish more people were honest about how things are going. We are all struggling through life. No one is perfect, even that person who you think has all parts of life figured out.
In general, living each day with the future in mind, and the “where are we going” point of view, gives you reason for doing what you’re doing right now, today. For instance, if I know that I want to walk across a continent… well, I need to be walking every day.
As a Christian I believe that everything I do here on earth should ultimately be for the furthering of God’s Kingdom. Living life with that in mind each day can be difficult because it’s not something that we can actually see. It’s a bit of an “out there” idea. However, having a simple reminder of how that should affect my day to day life… well it helps me remember why I’m here and what I should be doing.
So, now that I’ve somewhat established some of my “why” for setting goals, lets go ahead and get into them!
Hello friend. It’s good to "see" you again… I hope that you’re 2019 has started well and that you are happy and healthy.
Writing is on the list of things I want to do more of in 2019. So, a review of 2018 seemed like a good place to start.
Over the past couple of days I’ve been reading “year in review” and “year to come” posts from a lot of people. As I read them I realized, not only might it provide me with some clarity, but it would also be interesting to have such posts to look back at in 20 years.
So... 2019 is already here, but before I dive into what I want to do this year, here is a look back at 2018. Along the way I'll throw in a few thoughts about some things that I did well and some that I didn’t do too well.
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