I had the opportunity to spend some time in reflection during the last week. I wrote down a pretty long list of things that I would or might like to do, focus on or improve in this new year. I narrowed it down to four goals that I believe are achievable and important to me in 2013. As with all things, I know that I must hold them loosely. I will do what I can but writing them here in public does not necessarily guarantee completion. I do love goals and plans though, and I have high hopes that under normal circumstances these will happen:
1. Shop at the Farmer’s Market at least once a month. I was inspired by a book Michelle Vanoli recommended, 7:An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker. It is hilarious, moving and convicting. One of the many themes in the book that resonated with me included considering social and environmental justice in our purchasing decisions. I believe that one way that I can take better care of my family, my neighbor, and the earth is by buying and eating food closer to its source and being willing to spend the time and money that real food really costs.
2. Run in four races this year, at least one being a 10K and one (and only one) being a half marathon. I really enjoyed doing the Santa to the Sea half marathon this last year and find running to be the most user-friendly and efficient sport out there. I can exercise the dogs and myself without having to impose upon anyone else to watch my children. I know I am quite a sight with a double stroller and two dogs strapped to me, so having the motivation of about one race every three months should keep me out there. BTW Matt usually does watch the kids for me, so I only have to run with the stroller about 25% of the time, but I almost always have my crazy dogs!
3. Read a spiritually challenging book out loud together with Matt. I am thinking Crazy Love by Francis Chan. Back when everyone else I know read it, I got it and just did not get into it. I know it is as great as everyone says, so maybe now is the time and together is the way that I was meant to read it.
PS Although it is my resolution, it was not a unilateral decision. This type of activity is not really our strong point, but as these things so often go, when I brought it up he was already thinking along the same lines and jumped right on board.
4. The money one. Writing about money makes me feel uncomfortable, so I will just say that this one is underway already. Not so much the act of great willpower that so many things involving $$$ is. Rather this is just an act of non-procrastination that was inspired by my New Year’s reflection.