Tuesday, December 31, 2013

HELLO 2014!

Wow. This year really flew by! I am not going to go over all the highlights but I have learned a lot about myself, our marriage and my relationship with God. 2014 will be here in a few short hours and I am so pumped for what God has in store for us!


Right now I am sitting at home with my adorable pets, sick with Bronchitis. Instead of feeling sorry for myself and having the pity party of the year, I am thinking about resolutions. I normally don't make New Year's Resolutions because I find that people tend to forget them in a week. On the other hand, they are a good idea. It's a good idea to have goals. After all, it's said that people who establish and focus on goals daily, accomplish more than people who don't. And I like to accomplish things.

Here we go.

My 2014 word of the year will be Blessed. I love the phrase "Count your Blessings". It's so overused but so true. It has been something I have been struggling with (less and less) since getting married. I need to continue to focus on what I have and not on what I don't have or what I want. I need to focus on being content with what the Lord blesses me with and what He thinks I can handle- the good and the bad. (Job 1:21)


2014 Goals (in no particular order):
  • Complete my Master's Degree... And complete it strong! Right now I have a 4.0 GPA and it would be ah-mazing to keep it that way. However, I am not willing to sacrifice my sanity for a 4.0 so that may change. Graduation is scheduled for the Fall of 2014. It's coming soon!
  • Be healthier! In college, I could eat entire pizzas and still be hungry and skinny; no working out involved. Now if I just look at carbs, I gain weight! In June 2013, I went from never having run at all to running/walking my first 5K in September. I did the Diva Dash in less than 45 minutes with obstacles. In November, I did the Color Run in 30 minutes! I have never been so proud of myself. Todd and I joined a gym so that I could keep running in the winter but I have learned that the treadmill is utter death and torture. I need to mentally overcome this and stop regressing! In 2014 I need to focus on exercising in general. Hand-in-hand with working out is eating right. I need to watch my portion sizes and incorporate more fruits and veggies into my diet. More color! 

  • Utilize my Strengths more appropriately. A few months ago, my small group did StrengthsFinder. You take a timed test and are given five ranked strengths. Strengths are areas in your life you should focus on enhancing versus improving areas of weakness. Our friend Amy came by and discussed our strengths with us. I realized that I was using my strengths in the wrong way... in an unhealthy way. My five strengths (in order) are: Discipline, Responsibility, Achiever, Learner and Focus. One unhealthy aspect of Responsibility can be overcommitting to things... which is totally me. I need to learn that it's okay to say no to people. I need to learn that saying no isn't a poor reflection on me and what I can or can't handle. 
  • Be friendly. I am by no means an outgoing, people-person but I am quite capable of saying hello to fellow teachers, staff and students in the hallway at school. I can put forth the effort to carry on small conversations with people- no matter how uncomfortable it makes me feel. Step outside of my comfort zone!

  • Create and make. I am most happy when I create and make things. I need more of this in my life, end of story.


  • Be debt free. This is a tricky one that I am praying for. Todd and I took Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University over the summer. It's a program that is Biblically based so that you can become debt free and use your money to serve God. Todd and I have a ton of debt, what with undergrad and grad school loans. Being debt free this year is not totally impossible though! There are grants out there for teachers and with prayer and determination, Todd and I can be financially savvy. 
  • Read my Bible and challenge myself in my faith. I need to read the Bible, reflect and pray more often. I need to read the writings of others to challenge and inspire me.
  • Spend more time with Todd. Marriage is difficult but more importantly, marriage is a learning process that has taught me much about the grace and forgiveness that Christ gives me daily. A healthy relationship involves an investment of time, energy and love. It is so easy to get caught up in the busyness that is our lives that we forget to prioritize and make time for the people most important to us. 

And with that... Happy 2014 Everyone! Let's have a wonderful, productive and happy year!!! :)

4 comments:

  1. Those are all great goals! Happy New Year!

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  2. Hello Lindsey! Happy New Year! What a terrific posting! I heartily agree with all of your resolutions and have pinned some of the slogans to my pin board! The one re: "Life begins at the End of your Comfort Zone" has resonated with me! I am with you in challenging myself to read and meditate on my Bible more! I believe that everything begins and ends with God! That is true whether we acknowledge it to be so or not! He is the sustainer of everything so it is best to get in touch and stay in close communion with His will. I think when you make a commitment to Him first, things like Debt and Relationships become easier to sort out. My goal is to get rid of a lot of my debt too! So I will encourage you and you can encourage me to stay on track!
    I wish both you and Todd, Good health, lots of happiness and the Peace that passes all understanding!

    elizabeth
    p.s. I really like the new photo of the two of you! :D

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  3. Great list! It's totally doable. I know you will be so happy with yourself once you start accomplishing them all. You are well on your way! Happy New Year!
    hugs♥,
    Caroline

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  4. I love your list and your positive attitude. Happy 2014 to you, and I hope that Bronchitis has taken a long hike!!!

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