52 Goals of 2014

Resolutions are hard. We all know this, and I bet you’ve already broken yours (stop being a lame-face, jump back on ’em and get going!). So this year, I elected to not make any specific resolutions. Instead, I was inspired by this post and came up with 52 goals.

I loosely started them in January, but when I first decided to take on this list of goals I was out of town, and then ended up traveling way too much for the rest of the month.

So what’s a lady to do?! I couldn’t get into any type of routine while hopping around on different couches. Luckily, I remembered reading a suggestion to start my new year in February. I ended up doing my best to clear my schedule and past commitments during January, in-between work and traveling. Starting in February was the best decision for this. I’ve been able to be way more proactive on these goals because I wasn’t stressed about sticking to a resolution for January 1.

The best thing I like about taking on my year in this way is that my goals are my own and they can be as difficult or easy as I choose. Many of the things listed I have done before, yet haven’t in awhile and I want to remind myself to make them a priority. I also love how the pressure to complete all 52 items is almost none. If I only hit 20 items on my list, then I get to say that I completed 20 goals for 2014. If I hit 30, or 40, or more, then ALL THE BETTER! Woot! Go me!

Maybe this makes sense for you, maybe it doesn’t. In either case, I hope you enjoy my list of goals I want to accomplish this year. If you see a number that you think you can help me with, speak up! Let me know and let’s get together. 🙂

1. Focus on discipleship and prayer
2. Go on a hike with family
3. Become more comfortable with speaking Spanish
4. Write and publish 2 short scripts online
5. Get back to blogging, about anything!
6. Cross a border internationally (and come back…)
7. Have a therapy session
8. Send more physical mail to my friends
9. Watch at least 28 sunrises
10. Figure out what my retirement fund is in and how to grow it
11. Get to Nashville
12. Save up an emergency fund
13. Pay off my student loans
14. Pray outside of my comfort zone
15. Make more crafts with Ashley
16. Hug a hurting stranger
17. Organize a group picnic (bucket list)
18. Create a time capsule (w/nephews or cousins)
19. Sing and video record a song with Ritchie
20. Find a co-founder for my business venture
21. Memorize more specific scripture verses
22. Do a BIG ANONYMOUS GIVEAWAY
23. Write a letter to Anju (my World Vision child)
24. Go to a live music concert at the Avalon
25. Overnight outside camping trip
26. Journal during two trips
27. Share more pictures for fun
28. Cook homemade soup (that’s different from the typical Chicken Noodle)
29. Collaborate with another artist (preferably a painter)
30. See the dueling piano bar
31. Go “off-grid” for a day
32. Go kayaking
33. Go ice-skating
34. Make it the Best Birthday Ever!
35. Attend a movie marathon
36. Print more of my favorite pictures
37. Get into a workout routine
38. Mentor a person specifically on a weekly basis for at least a month if not more
39. Do as many crunches in a row until I collapse
40. Go on a Segway tour
41. Read & finish enough books to fill up an empty self (Jon Acuff reference)
42. Eat a raw/vegan diet for 10 days minimum
43. Dance in the rain
44. Hold a newborn baby
45. Play with paint on tarp
46. Find a salamander
47. See if my cats will play with a laser
48. Attempt to learn stick shift
49. Sell/giveaway a significant amount of things
50. Find a dancing partner (local to where I’m living)
51. Finish writing my bucket list
52. Make a new list for next year

Anything stand out to you? Give me a shout-out if you take on this idea yourself or want to do a goal together.

52 Goals for 2014
52 Goals for 2014

Next time: Let’s talk about one of the worst feelings ever, “The Impostor Syndrome.”

Onwards to 2013!

This is the LAST post of 2012! Wow. This past week I spent a lot of time in review. I wrapped up a lot of editing (both still and video!) and worked on plans for my business in 2013. Expect more transparency in that area this year, as well as more videos.

*For a quick review; here are the posts I have  published every New Year’s since 2009. All titles are linked to my old website when I was working on my 365 project and just starting out in photography.*

The wind down of ’09 and the wind up 2010.

HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!! (2010)

First day of 2011!

Moving forward – 2012

 

Along with posting a yearly blog post, since 2010 God has given me a fruit of the spirit to focus on for the entirety of the year. Sometimes it’s good, but mostly it’s really difficult and I fail a lot. This year I have chosen to focus on Faithfulness.

Here is what I originally wrote about why I have taken on this challenge.

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Ten in 2010

Today, ten days into 2010, my pastor gave a sermon about new year’s resolutions. He is starting a series in Galatians, more specifically, Galatians 5. I believe the plan is to spend ten weeks going over each fruit of the spirit. To begin, he gave the church four questions to ponder.

1. What is one thing you desire from God? (For a starting point, check David’s desire at Psalms 27:4)
2. What is one thing that you lack in the relationship between you and God?
3. What is one thing you need to let go of?
4. What is one promise that you need to claim?

For those who belong to the body of Jesus Christ there are ten virtues that shine through in their lives because of the radical difference Jesus has made and what he means to them. Each virtue is defined through different verses in the New Testament. We were challenged to pick a virtue to work on that would help us to truly live by the fruits of the Spirit.

Picture # 10

I am choosing Self-Control. Over Winter break I have really a lot of disciplines go, and that has spilled over into all aspects of my life. When I’m not living my life the way God intended to be lived it becomes obvious to everyone around me. And I’m not saying that Christians have to be perfect, I know that even giants of the faith like Paul the apostle struggled to live like Jesus. But this year, and throughout this new decade, I would love to get right with the Lord. And I am choosing to do this through zoning in specifically on this aspect of my life. I’m ready to give up my comfortable life of doing whatever I want to do, to truly surrender to Jesus Christ.

*Sorry if this post is too preachy. But I said in this blog before, I am a Christian, and sometimes when The Holy Spirit says something to me I gotta share. 🙂

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In 2010 the word was Self-Control (I should probably repeat this one, haha).

In 2011 the word was Love.

In 2012 the word was Gentleness.

For 2013 I am choosing Faithfulness. For several different reasons, God has lead me to focus on this specific spiritual fruit and I cannot wait to see how He is going to be moving throughout this year of faithfulness emphasis!

*My Fashion Tuesday project is morphing into something else. They will not be the same from here on out, and I may not always post on Tuesdays like previously. Expect an explanation of both the shedding of Fashion Tuesday and what I’ll be doing next soon. Enjoy the night all you beautiful people!!!

last of 2012

When a church loses a family member

This is so hard. Words cannot even express what my church has been going through the past few days. So recently, my friend Billy died in a car accident where he was killed on impact. He was 19 years old.

Since that night, words of love, support and bewilderment have been pouring in throughout my church and various prayer chains via texts, Facebook and in person. A dear friend took off from work to simply reflect and cry at the news. Mothers wanted nothing more than to keep their kids home as much as possible. To my knowledge, church members have been dropping off meals and encouraging notes.

As horrible as a situation as this is, watching the way my church community has reacted made me so proud to be a part of it. While nothing is ever perfect, my church is a family, and now we are missing a brother, son and leader. We now have a Billy-shaped hole missing from our family and it will never be filled. The kid that I saw grow up with such a great attitude in youth group meetings, rocking out his talent at every athletic church event and letting himself be “embarrassed” every Vacation Bible School to make sure the kids had motivation to learn their memory verses, will never be forgotten. The boy who took in my hermit crab when my RAs from college made me give him up will always be an outstanding memory in my mind. When discussing the loss with my sister, she mentioned that she may not have kept up with Billy since going away to college, but she was grateful to him being there with her  at youth group when it almost went under. That’s a connection that she will never forget.

Making up a show for the kids who learned their verses in ’08

I wish I could offer more to his memory. I wish I had more pictures of him. I wish I could just hold his entire family in my arms as they reel from this transition.

I have always wondered, that as believers, when we passed through those Pearly Gates and lay our treasures at Jesus’ feet… do we get one on one time with Him? Do we get to just spend a day in Heaven chillin’ with the one true God? Together, do we celebrate what skills and joys we had on Earth? Can we dance with the Son of Man, mosh-pit to the heaviest metal song on the planet, skip rocks on a never-ending ocean? Knowing Billy, he would take his time playing catch. Hmmm, makes me wonder if there is some kind of ethereal pig-skinned ball that just gets that perfect spin as it leaves Billy’s hands and goes to God’s all-powerful ones.

Playing the Quarterback in the superbowl church game. February 2012

That is one thing. As sad and heart-broken as my church family is, we have full-reassurance that Billy with with God right now, and that we will see him one day. Our brains are too small to fully comphrenhend eternity, but our souls can be satisfied by God’s truth. As much as our hearts hurt through loss of loved ones, our souls have never-ending joy at God’s love and creation.

You are missed, Billy Clark. First Baptist was grateful to have known you and to have enjoyed you for so many years. Many tears have been split, and there are many more to come. But we rejoice at the fact that your life is not over, and your time here was not wasted. Your commitment to your family, work and church was outstanding, and an example for many.

To those reading this post, please uplift Billy’s family in prayer; send love to Bill and Angel, Faith and Charity, Bailey and Richie, and to his beloved, Anna.

 

Thank you, and God bless.

Thinking about Bucket Lists

More like… thinking about actually completing the one I started over a year ago.  My list currently has 29 items on it. I would like to write 100 since I’d feel more challenged. In review, I have one life goal fully crossed off and am in the process of another two. The majority involves international travel, which unfortunately I’m just not able to go right now. But, my dear friends, consider this; I am young, single, and of the capacity to be more untethered to a location than I probably will ever be again. Now if only the money would follow, I’d be good! 😉

Back to the reason why I had to write about my bucket list. In all honesty, I have to admit that I’ve lost a lot of my drive. In school, I had a strong vision and will to succeed in life. But lately I’ve been more content to consume than create. Which is the biggest reason this blog has gone nowhere. Something has to change, and listing out life goals as a strong motivation could do wonders for my productivity and attitude. Maybe if I finish I’ll post the entire list online. Here’s a few of my favorites right now though.

5 items on my bucket list; 

1. Take a tour in a helicopter.

2. Have dinner with a celebrity, and be prepared to pay.

3. Take a picture with a friend(s) in all 50 states.

4. Fall asleep in the middle of nowhere, at a random part of the day.

5. Own an Alpaca in Peru.

*Seeing the Pyramids, Summer 2010

 

What’s on your bucket list? Share/post a link if you have one!

 

*Taken before the list was created, but would have been on it anyway.