I love the new sense of hope that a new year brings for better things to come. I know it is just another day, but to me, New Year’s feels like opening a fresh journal or starting a new chapter.
I’m not one for resolutions… I prefer things on a list that I can check with a “yes” or “no.” There is something special about starting a new year that makes the list-making especially nice.
I’m introducing five new lists this year:
- Marathon training plan
- 50 blog posts
- 365 pieces of mail
- Bible reading plan
- 50 books
Complete a marathon
I’m embarrassed to even admit this is a goal because it is so far out there. At this moment I am 38 weeks pregnant and have horrible back and hip pain from even walking. But it’s a goal, so there.
I’ll be using the Jeff Galloway plan for beginners. Note the goal is to complete, not run. Jeff Galloway’s method alternates walking with running so hopefully it will be more attainable.
Blog 50 times
I like blogging… This goal is to hold me to make it a priority.
Send 365 pieces of mail
Last year was perfectly miserable and I elected to send no Christmas cards because I couldn’t summon enough nice things to say. This year I’m planning on sending baby announcements as well as Christmas cards, so that will take up a considerable chunk of my goal. I also plan on making a bunch of new pen-pals. How? Because I will be replying to all of you who send me a note first!
Here’s my mailing address:
313 W Buckeye St
Monticello, IA 52310
Read the bible
This has long been a goal of mine. I’ve always wanted to be someone who reads their bible every day but I have never known where to start. I want this to be something that I enjoy rather than something I just check off a list, but I think the task of reading the whole thing through will get me in the habit so I can enjoy devotionals and study plans in the future.
Read 50 books
This goal is a good complement to my other goals and intentions. I expect it to be an especially nasty year news-wise so I will make audiobooks a substitute to radio and podcast news. Because of my especially slow running pace, I will have several hours every Saturday on my long runs to listen to audiobooks.
I’ll be incorporating a few other goals into this one.
First, I will be doing Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2020 Reading Challenge. It seems enjoyable but will also help me pick up books I wouldn’t otherwise look at. This challenge has twelve different books.
Second, 2022 is the 100th anniversary of the Newbery awards. I love children’s literature and would like to read all 100 books in the next two years.
Wish me luck on my goals! They are pretty lofty, I know, but falling short will still lead to quite an enjoyable year.
What lists are you checking for 2020?