Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2009 Goals

Like so many people do at the beginning of a new year or new season, over the past week I've been trying to internally evaluate my life in many areas in order to prepare for 2009.
I thought I would post some of my goals for 2009 on my blog in order to hold me somewhat accountable. I'd love it for some of you to ask me how I'm doing throughout the year, seriously. I've thought it would be great to establish a strong accountability partner.

I'm not putting these in any priority order; just typing them as they have come to my mind over the past few days (I started this post on Monday 12/29).

***Rise earlier in the morning

***Exercise 5 times a week

***Eliminate caffeine

***Drink more water

***Eat less sweets and candy. NOTE: I did not say elimiante!! :)

***Have a daily quiet time BEFORE I leave for work

***Work on a more intensive Bible study in the evenings

***Do not blog, surf the internet, read, or watch TV unless I have had a prayer time and bible reading for the day.

***Watch less TV/Movies. This may be hard as I love American Idol, The Office, and Biggest Loser. But since those are only 2 nights a week, maybe I will be okay!!??

***Do not distract Bryan in his last semester

***Pray DAILY (no exceptions) for our future child

***Pray DAILY for guidance in the adoption process

***Cook 5 meals a week. I'm thinking leftovers one time and eating out the other night

***Read a fiction book every other month instead of all the time. I'm finding reading fiction takes away from how much I read my bible and pray

***Rewrite and organize recipes into recipe binder

***Show the love of Christ regardless of what others say or how they live their life

***Be Slow to Speak, Slow to Anger, Quick to Hear EVERYDAY

***Fold clothes each day they are washed instead of leaving them in the dryer or the basket for several days or even a week

***Be a good steward of the resources God has given us. Stay in line with our budget we have outlined

***I would really like to have started the adoption process by this time next year. It would be even better if we had our child. I'm needing God's help in a big way on this goal!!! :>

***Consistently maintain our yard work and flower beds

***Clean out the office closet

***Reduce the storage items in our garage. Translation: Get rid of stuff!!!

***Maintain/clean our house on a daily basis so I don't have to do a full day of hard cleaning

***Use my time at work wisely

***Cherish each moment with Bryan and be less selfish. We don't alway have to do what I want to do.

***Spend less time thinking of sadness in my life and more on others'

***Finish Bible translations study
Thank you for being my friend this year.
I hope everyone has a wonderful day and a great year in 2009!


valerie said...

I have some goals of my I do every year.
I cling to Philippians 4:13..."I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." When I try on my own, I fail.
I will keep you and Bryan in my prayers daily. I just know God has some amazing things in store for you in 2009. I can't wait to see what is in your future!
Kristen called me a little while ago and told me a friend at work gave her a necklace that says "Belive in Miracles." Awwwww!
I do and I'm believing for both of you to receive yours in 2009!!!! You have such a sweet spirit, Julie. I'm very glad God saw to it that we meet.
Happy New Year!!!
Love ya,

Guyla said...

Looks like we have some of the same goals, although I haven't actually written them out. Maybe we can be accountability partners. :)

Kelly said...

Those are great goals - and a lot of mine are right there with you!

petrii said...

What a really GREAT list!! I have been praying for you dear one and the adoption process. I am so looking forward to seeing God answer these prays in a BIG way!!!

You are just the sweetest thing, and I am so enjoying getting to know you through this strange thing known as blog world.

Much love to you dear one, and hang in there!!!!!


Kim said...

Those are wonderful goals! And may of them I need to focus on also (especially the one about folding the laundry!). I will do my best to ask you about them through out the year!

Brooklyn said...

good luck to you on your goals. you don't kid around with the big guns, i'll give it to you that! no caffiene?!? clearly i cannot be your accountability partner on that one! i'm so sorry to miss lunch w/ ya today. pesky cough! i am actually feeling much better but this cough will not go away. maybe next week we can go w/o the kids one day. hope you have a happy new year. i love you and am praying for you.

Candy said...

These are awesome goals and I will be striving for many of them as well! Happy New Year! I'm praying for great things to happen for you and Bryan this year! :)

Betsy said...

You have some great goals, Julie!! I hope you have a wonderful 2009 and I am praying that God brings a very special miracle into your life this year!!! Lots of love to you! :)

Jenna said...

Oh girl you are speaking to my heart with that list. I love it. Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have a great New Years - and an even greater '09!!

Mandi said...

This is a great list of goals and I must say that some of your goals convicted me of some changes I need to make as well. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year! I'm praying that God will bless you and Bryan in ways that are beyond your comprehension in 2009!

Heather said...

Wow- these are so good! I have been thinking about mine, too. I love a clean slate and a fresh start!

Leigh Ann said...

Lots of these could be on my own list! Happy New Year, Julie! So glad I met you in 2008 and will be able to "see" you in 2009!

Anonymous said...

Your comment about bible study interst me - how do you start one? I want to grow and I need help.
Nancy in North Carolina

The Hickman's said...

Those sound like some great goals. I know that God will be with you in each one!