To Do or Not To Do? That’s Not On the List

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:

  1. Continue to write my books; publish at least two, and read a lot more.
  2. Pay off my student loans
  3. 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:

  1. Do no good thing apart from God
  2. Do my best and still fail, yet still also get grace
  3. 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!

Click on the links to head over to the Amazon Kindle editions. Both are only $2.99!


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