Sunday, January 04, 2009

Out with the Old in with the New - 2009

Reading several blogs and chatting with my daughter and friends has caused me to consider my goals for the new year. I have not firmed them up yet, but here is a partial list of what I hope to accomplish in the new year.

- Grow to know Jesus in a deeper fuller way. - Unfortunately this one is hard to measure but I plan to do this by having more consistent bible study and prayer time. I started by reading one of the gospels and am now reading through the gospel accounts as presented in the Chronological Bible - NIV. I hope to gain a new perspective of Jesus through some of the books I read as well. I will also start a new prayer journal to keep track of how my prayers are answered.

-Use my time more productively by establishing a better morning routine and evening routine.

- Read at least 6 worthwhile books this year. The Headmistress of The Common Room is challenging herself to read 12 worthwhile books this year - you can read about her challenge here. I haven't figured out all of the books I would like to read but here are the first few on my list. My list may not measure up as worthwhile in other peoples minds, but I see something worthwhile in them for me:

The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey

The Last Sin Eater by Francine River

Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained by John Milton

Great ExpectionsGreat Expectations by Charles Dickens

- Gain some sense of Health - both Physical and Spiritual

On the physical side I plan to start by moving my body each day and drinking more water each day and I spoke to the Spiritual side on the first goal I listed above.

- I want to declutter my house this year. Coffeemama at Our Blue Castle has blogged about her goal in this area here and I want to come up with a similar plan to divide up my house into bite sized pieces to accomplish this goal.

I actually started this post the first week in January and am just now getting back to it. I have been following through on some of my goals and need to work more on others. I will post on my progress in a later post.


coffeemamma said...

So how are things going?

Carol Hepburn said...

Gosh...we are in sync!

I have been reading my Bible daily for the past 3 years. I have read a daily Bible 3 times through (the one where you read a little each day and by the end of the year, you are through it all). This year, I am reading Psalms (am/pm) and then the NT (am/Ephesians, pm/Timothy). I used to do OT in the am and NT in the evening, but now am trying to do a deeper study on each book. I use my Vines dictionary to do word study ( I love Vines).

Good Books -- D.J. read Great Expectations last year and really liked it. My classical study group is reading Eusebius but I haven't gotten into it (Phyllis from Ukraine is leading the study). I am just gearing up to read American History (in prep for Y11 -- our own thing).

Decluttering -- UGH! Yes, I am trying to do this as well. I did clean both bathrooms (tossed out old makeup/hair stuff) and my laundry room. My next task is the hall closet - ewh! Scary in there.

I have found that if I can do one area each week, I can really get a lot done. It is the FlyLady thing...15 minutes to quick clean. If I think about everything that needs to get done, it is overwhelming to me and I end up doing nothing (for fear that the job is too big and tomorrow is a better day to think about it -- Yes, Scarlett, there is ALWAYS tomorrow!)