To all my devoted readers, thank you for giving me a minute to update the newbs on how this all goes down.
Life Resolution Requirements: must make me a happier, healthier or more interesting person; it must have a concise action plan; the results/progress must be measurable and quantifiable.
Got my motorcycle license and first sport bike (thankfully not the one shown in the picture below — because I dropped that first bike too many times to count!). Bungee jumped for the first (and only!) time.
Beat my father at golf for the first time in my life. And man did that take a lot of practice!
Going into 2010, I embarked on what could be my most ambitious Life Resolutions of all time. In fact, it was the first year that I was actually scared to write it down. Let’s recap:
Resolution # 1: Read the entire Bible in one year.
The truth is, this only required about 15 minutes a day to really read and reflect but the pay-off was far greater than I expected. I am continually blown away at how powerful the words of this ancient book truly are. Sour mood? Angry at someone? Ready to give up? Losing hope? Tired? Discouraged? Empty? No matter what I was feeling, every single time I opened that book, my outlook on life completely changed. Everything seemed lighter. My hope was restored. I had a spring in my step.
All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
2 Timothy 3:16
The thing about the Bible is that it’s just a bunch of stuffy, controversial words to those who don’t want to hear it. Jesus said that the world would consider him (and his followers) “moronic” and I’m certain that some of you are reading this with glazed-over eyes and a slight shaking of the head. But I’m 100% certain that when you truly open your heart and accept it, despite lingering doubts, it’s like water to your dried-up soul. These are words straight from the Giver of love, life and purpose.
Resolution # 2: Acknowledge all birthdays/anniversaries of my family and close friends.
Two words: I. Failed. So don’t take it personally if you think of yourself in one of those two categories but got squat from me on your special day.
Resolution # 3: Learn basic conversational German.
Leaving Switzerland in September put a major halt on this and yet I find myself inexplicably drawn to all things German and have some weird desire to keep learning the language. I’ll tell you this much: I really miss hearing my little boys say things like “Ich möchte Wasser, bitte“.
Resolution # 4: See something I’ve written get published — and be paid for it!
This was where the fear seeped in. This time last year, I struggled with putting this final resolution down on paper. Thoughts like, “you’re crazy!” and “who do you think you are?” bounced around in my head. Why is it so hard for me to think of myself as a “writer”?! And just in case I needed proof that my scary thoughts were indeed ridiculous, I blew this one out of the water.
On January 18th I received an email to say that a blurb I had submitted had been accepted for a travel site. The pay? A whopping ten bucks!
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.”
~ Maya Angelou, American poet
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