Every New Year’s Day, loads of people make #resolutions. And broadcast them, too. It’s a bit tragically hilarious, because you know a lot of people are going to give up before too long. Please notice I didn’t say “fail.”
One of my resolutions was to make a to-do list and finish it. I want to do three big things this year; I subscribe to the Storylineblog (I love Donald Miller’s works, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life. I haven’t gotten through Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy yet, but I’m hoping my mother will finish soon) and he says on his blog a person can really only get through three big things every year.
Here are my 3 big things:
- Continue to write my books; publish at least two, and read a lot more.
- Pay off my student loans
- Lose weight
I think those are pretty big things, and I know because they all have at least four steps involved. I don’t know if I’ll live up to Donald’s standards, but this is the first year in a long time where I feel almost completely free of depression (I had postpartum with both kids, and years of unsatisfactory jobs before that . . . I almost want to blame that on becoming an adult) and I recognize I can:
- Do no good thing apart from God
- Do my best and still fail, yet still also get grace
- Trust Jesus to do what he will
So here is to 2016. Let the To-Do list begin!
I know actually doing the work will probably be the worst part. None of these things I have listed for this year make me unhappy – not even going to the gym – but if they are done, I will feel much happier and much more productive (NOTE: Those two things are not the same thing, nor are they are mutually exclusive.)
And for you, my readers and friends, please consider checking out my books for sale! Book 3 of my “Starlight Chronicles” series is coming in April this year!
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