Last January I shared ten goals I had for 2011. So how did I do? Well, I didn’t accomplish everything, but I certainly did more than if I hadn’t planned for anything. And a little failure doesn’t really bother me; it just helps me set better goals for the next year! So first, to review 2011’s resolutions:
- Maintain consistent daily devotions: improved, and still in progress
- Read more theology books: started off well, but slowed down this fall due to low energy; will continue to try in 2012
- Publish my first poetry chapbook: decided not to pursue at this time
- Finish the first draft of my book: DONE!!
- Lose 10-20 pounds: DONE (lost 15)!!
- Start bike-riding again: made some progress in the spring, but not as much as I’d hoped for due to poor lung capacity; will continue to try in 2012
- Decrease medications: didn’t decrease anything, but didn’t increase either (and it’s not really within my control anyway)
- Learn four new classical piano pieces: worked on three Gershwin preludes; never found a fourth piece I wanted to learn
- Launch a website to sell my handcrafted cards: home page launched, waiting on time with hubby to complete the rest
- Continue growing in grace & the knowledge of God: always in progress!
So, I accomplished three, am still working on four, sort of fizzled on two, and decided one wasn’t worth pursuing right now. I used these results to help me better sharpen my resolutions for 2012, adding some new goals and making some old ones more specific:
- Read through the entire Bible in one year, along with my husband and some of my wonderful blog readers.
- Continue reading theology books. I am still aiming for one book/month with this goal, and have added plenty of titles to choose from.
- Finish revising my book, Touching the Hem, and query a publisher.
- Lose 15 more pounds to reach my goal weight!!
- Increase my fitness level in at least one area (bike at least one mile, swim for at least thirty minutes, etc).
- Continue building my website for selling handcrafted cards. This will require changing over to drupal and adding photos and other details.
- Write at least 1 poem per week. My poetry kind of tapered off after last April and I’ve barely written any since then. I may not try to complete any poem-a-day challenges in 2012, but I would like to resume writing and maintain a little consistency with it.
- Get off prednisone. Again, it’s not really within my control, other than by simply taking care of my body. It might not even be possible for me. But it is certainly something I will be praying for.
- Continue in discipleship ministries, both being and doing. These ministries started this past fall, and have been a wonderful blessing and an encouragement to me (and hopefully the others involved, too) – not to mention they are commanded in the Scriptures!
- Update DogFur and Dandelions by purchasing my own domain name, restructuring categories, and adding or improving other minor details.
Of course, I also want to continue growing in the knowledge of God and His Word, through my personal devotion time with Him, my prayer life, and my fellowship time with other believers. In fact, I hope this will always be a work in progress.
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Feel free to share! Accountability is a wonderful thing when it comes to progressing towards our goals!