It’s crazy to think that June marks the half way point in a year! It never feels like it – All the classes, activities, etc. coming to an end almost make it feel like the year is only starting with a fresh, summer start! For those of you that have been following my 2018 year, you’ll know that in January I decided to grab the bull of New Year’s Resolutions by the horns and make a couple for myself. If you haven’t, you can read my fresh start in January HERE. I know it’s only been six months, but it’s crazy how much you learn when you set goals for yourself. You learn your strengths and your weaknesses quite fast! Even though I set four primary goals for myself this year – I’m learning way more than just “improving” myself in those four things.
I wanted to share how I’ve been doing so far – Not to pat myself on the back, but to encourage you guys that might still be sitting on the fence about some goals you’ve been wanting to tackle in your life. Or maybe you had started some New Year’s Resolutions the same time I did, and you’re starting to fall behind – It’s ok; pick yourself up and keep going! I’m sharing my progress because I hope it encourages you to press on and strive towards your goals!!
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:14
I had previously shared how setting big goals are important, but setting too big of goals is reckless. I had read about New Year’s Resolutions and the best ways to achieve your goals and keep your motivation all through out the year; one recommendation that was stressed in order to accomplish goals was to break down your goals. Let’s say you want to healthily lose/ gain weight this year: What are you going to do each month in order to achieve that? What are you going to do each week, to reach success in those areas every month? Etc. After praying about 2018 and coming to these four goals, I broke them down into lists of what is realistic for me each month to accomplish them. To say the least: it has been incredibly encouraging, uplifting and motivating to feel myself grow and to see results!
In January, I wanted to:
• Read the complete Bible in one year
• Read everyday in my devotional book
• Write a prayer journal
• Volunteer in my church regularly
• Get connected in a church group and be consistent
• Be open to mentor ship
UPDATE: I have found this area probably the most encouraging after pursing it for months, but also the most difficult to create habits. It’s hard to make time for God everyday. The Devil makes sure that this is not an easy task for us to complete. But I’ve found that the harder you work for it and the higher the priority you make it in your life; God rewards you for it! I know that the Word of God is alive because of how it continually changes a person’s heart the more time they spend in it continually. Not only has it been rewarding to strengthen my personal relationship with Jesus, but also spending time with other Believers both volunteering in the youth program in my church and being more committed to our young adults group. It is so cool to feel God working in and through His Body the way He intended for it to work! Obviously people are not perfect, but when we’re all working together for God’s glory, it’s amazing how the slip ups are easily fixed.
“Serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts If you seek Him, He will let you find Him” – 1 Chronicles 28:9
• Take better care of my skin
• Take better care of my teeth
• No screens after 10:00 pm
• Do three cardio work outs a week
• Drink the recommended water amount daily
• Do not snack after 7:00 pm
UPDATE: I think developing physically is one of the easier tasks only because there is already so much the world has to offer in this area. It’s actually kind of sad when you think about how self absorbed we are about physical appearance. Yes, I totally get that there is a healthy balance of taking care of the bodies Christ has given us, but then there’s a line where it can become too much… But because the world has so much information on dieting, work out plans, skin care, hygiene care, etc. nearly everywhere for free, it makes this area of development more motivational than others because you see results faster! For example, I wanted to take better care of my teeth: Crest has that 3D White stuff where you literally notice a significant difference within 3 days! When you see results right away, it makes you more inclined to keep going, you know?
On the other hand, I started going to spin class 3-4 times a week. This was a slow-gain process and it’s taken months for me to see results in my body. Each class is pretty vigorous and I always leave the workout feeling disgustingly sweaty and satisfied that I gave it my all. I have noticed a positive difference in my stamina, better sleeping, and mentally I feel sharper! My motivation for the 3 cardio work outs a week resolution, was motivated back in December 2017, when I went to a Body World’s Exhibit that taught about so many different diseases, muscles, bones, mental health, etc. Next to each display they had list of a “How to Prevent” what ever negative bodily situation. Obviously these were not 100% guaranteed, but the #1 How to Prevent tip was: Exercise 30 minutes A WEEK. That seemed so easy… but then how many of us do even that minimal amount? It feels incredible to work out in the morning and consistently throughout the week!
“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” – 1 Timothy 4:8
EXPAND MY SKILLS
• Publish a blog post once a week
• Read one book a month
• Accomplish one task on my Bucket List a month
• Take risks in my career to grow & learn
• Learn to cook more full meals
• Spend more time doing activities that do not involve screens
UPDATE: This resolution has been the most fun to work on! I’ve loved sharing my life more consistently on the blog instead of bumming around the house. I’ve loved sitting in a big comfy chair reading a book instead of wasting time on my phone. I’ve loved planning and researching new adventures to check tasks off my Bucket List and make memories with friends and family! I’ve loved feeling growth at work and I’m looking forward to more growth in University! All in all, I just feel like I’m using my time more wisely and thinking through my days instead of just wondering where the months have gone. My Day Planner has been awesome for this because I log everything into it as if it were my diary.
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” – Psalm 16:11
CULTIVATE MY FINANCES
• Set up budgets in all of my spending categories and stick to them
• Record my income and spending weekly
• Give generously
• Think before spending
• Grow my savings
UPDATE: Finances are tricky. You don’t want to become a money obsessed jerk that is too cheap to do anything, but you also don’t want to go out every night and have more month left at the end of the pay cheque… It’s also important to balance what you spend, what you save and what you give. This is a lesson I’m currently learning. It’s not about how big your bank account is by the time you retire and it’s not about trying to make six digits in a year. I’m learning that financial goals are a slow and steady process. It’s good to work yourself out of debt, to have a savings fund for a rainy day – because when it rains it will most definitely pour and to be generous. Recording my spending each week has totally opened my eyes to see how much I’m actually spending on eating out, or going to the movies. After the first couple weeks, I was quite shocked at how much I was spending because 5 bucks here and there adds up fast!
Every month I’ve tried to set small “financial goals” for myself like: Spend less than $x eating out this month, spend less than $x on gas, and spend less than $x on shopping, etc. What’s been cool, is that in these months I’ve noticed that when I am actively working towards each goal. When I want to spend less eating out; I do better at prepping my meals at home, which then domino’s into helping me make better eating choices! When I was to spend less on gas; I do better at walking more places or planning more organized Errand Days to maximize my productivity while driving. And when I know I need to shop less I do better at reusing things instead of just going out and picking up another/ new one.
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!” – Malachi 3:10
Thanks for encouraging my guys – I’m looking forward to seeing how the second half of 2018 plays out – God is so good and I’m excited to see what He will continue to do in this glorious new year! 🙂 I’m sharing my progress because I hope it encourages you to press on and strive towards your goals!! 2018 is not gone – You can still do this and make progress in your goals!
– Stay Satisfied