February 7, 2015

2015 || January Progress, February Goals

The first two months of the year are hands down the hardest for me--a result of a combination of many small things, so a small part of me is happy that January has come and gone and there are a only a handful of short weeks to live through in this month. 

One joy to celebrate though is that about a week ago I got hired as a teachers aid, which I'm thankful for, but as the season for hiring full time teachers is right around the corner, I would appreciate any and all prayers from you!

Here were January's goals and the progress I made (crossed them off as I went)...

|| Career
-Focus on applying to at least three positions per week
-Substitute work
-Organize teaching/ed materials
-Launch teaching blog

|| Spiritual
-Read Pursue the Intentional Life, by Jean Fleming, The Holy Wild: Trusting in the Character of God, by Mark Buchanan, and Make It Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live on Purpose, by Lara Casey
-Study 3-5 chapters of Isaiah
-Set up and organize prayer journal for 2015

|| Blogging
-Get back on track with a blogging schedule
-Prioritize a specific time to write
-Skype chat with another fellow blogger friend
-Catch up on on reading and commenting on blogs I follow

|| Stewardship
-Read Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness, by Dave Ramsey
-Set-up account for EveryDollar 
-Discern financial goals and budgeting priorities
-Research and buy new phone+plan

|| Wellness...
-Come up with new workout regiment
-Drink more water

I feel like starting a new job and the stresses that come with that put many of last months goals on hold, so many of them made it on to this months list...

|| Career
  • Continue applying for full time teaching positions as they come up, and pray through all the stress and fear that brings with it
  • Launch teaching blog

|| Spiritual

|| Blogging
  • Get back on track with a blogging schedule--figure out and carve a specific time to give this the time and attention I want to
  • Give the blog a bit of a facelift (new design)
|| Stewardship
  • Discern financial goals and budgeting priorities
  • Arrange student loan payment plan

|| Wellness
  • Come up with new workout regiment
  • Drink more water 
  • Establish morning routine 

What are some of your goals this month?

January 11, 2015

2015 || January

Hard to imagine that this month is almost at the halfway point and I'm only now sitting down to reflect and create goals. Some of these are already in the works so I don't feel like a failure right off the bat for 2015. Right? If you missed my previous post, I talked about my desire to be more intentional in about 5-7 different facets of my life this year and gave a brief vision for each of them. Each month though, I want to sit and jot down a handful of goals--actionable steps--that work towards those visions. Here we go January!

|| Career
  • Focus on applying to at least three positions per week
  • Substitute work
  • Pray
  • Organize teaching/ed materials 
  • Launch teaching blog

|| Spiritual

|| Blogging
  • Get back on track with a blogging schedule
  • Prioritize a specific time to write
  • Skype chat with another fellow blogger friend
  • Catch up on on reading and commenting on blogs I follow

|| Stewardship

|| Wellness...
  • Come up with new workout regiment  
  • Drink more water
Your turn! What are some of your goals this month you're working towards?

    January 10, 2015

    2015 || Be Intentional

    I've never been a fan of New Years. With each new year a new crop of posts on resolutions and goals pop up on my feeds. I tend to steer away from the ranks on this one and pass by the new year blog post opportunity. Making resolutions, goals... haven't been my thing (which is ironic given my inclination to planning). I don't like New Years because all to often it feels like a weighty reminder of everything I didn't do well in the previous year and what I need to be doing better.

    Translation: New Years = "You weren't awesome. Be awesome this year. Or else."
    And it's always screaming those words in that depressing tone my inner voice can conjure up.

    But I've also felt this need for some serious focus with 2015 because it's a year of many new fresh starts. A fresh start to my career. A fresh start to differing relationships in my life. A much needed fresh start to different aspects of my life like finances, health, and more.

    Some people pick words or phrases--themes--they want to focus on for a year--something I've never really done... until now. For months now, I've been thinking about and praying what 2015 is to be about:

    Being intentional. Trusting God. I want to be more intentional with the days I've been given. And I want to trust the One who holds everything in His hands--and orchestrates it all for His glory and my ultimate good.

    However that theme for this season gets fleshed out in reality--I'm not entirely sure, but I am excited to see it come to fruition. This is a learning process. Learning what being intentional looks like that is an overflow from trusting the One who authors my life and days.

    To begin, this is the first year in many, in which I'm going to set goals (actionable steps) that will hopefully lend themselves to this anthem. I've picked six facets of my life to hit the refresh button on for 2015--six facets to be more intentional about.


    Career // In case you didn't hear the news--I finished my undergrad degree a handful of weeks ago and am sporting a diploma now. It's exciting and scary all at the same time. And so weird that I'm not a college student anymore. Time to put my foot to the peddle with a job now.

    How does that look intentionally?
    • Work. Bam.
    • Praying I can get work. 
    • Organize all the materials I've accumulated in the past few years
    • Professional Development

    Spiritual // Obviously I want to be stretched in my faith. I don't know quite what that's going to look like yet, but each year I just pray that God would grow and birth in me what He knows I need.

    How does that look intentionally?
    • Study 4 books of the Bible in-depth
    • Continue to teach the kiddos at Sunday school
    • Start community/Bible study group
    • Having those honest "heart-to-heart" faith conversations
    • Seeking wisdom through prayer, study, and community
    • Seriously dwell on this question: What kind of believer am I? For those are the disciples I will mold and make, which in turn forms the church we're building together.

    Blogging // I let it slip this past fall--partially because of time constraints, but mainly because I've struggled to find words to string together into sentences and paragraphs. I've been thinking about the direction I want this little space here of mine to move towards, and I'm still in the process of figuring all of that out currently. I do know that I want what I write here to be more thoughtful though. I don't want to post something just for the sake of posting--which translates into less, but better, deeper, richer content. I'll also be thinking about different or newer ways for me to participate in the blogging community this year that I haven't before. (Got ideas? I'd be glad to hear them!)

    How does that look intentionally?
    • Consistent blogging schedule that I can stick to 
    • Immersing myself in the things which stimulate me to write in the first place
    • Reach out to other blog friends in different ways 
    • Thinking twice before hitting the 'publish' button

    Reading // This year I want my reading diet to be more diverse. I want to focus more on slowly digesting books, rather than consuming them. Normally I end up reading anywhere around 30-40 in a given year, but last summer I noticed that it was becoming more difficult to stick to books or even get into them. I think a part of that was focusing too much on reading as many books as I could, instead of just enjoying them.

    How does that look intentionally?

    Stewardship // Having now graduated it's time to re-evaluate everything I do in terms of finances. It's not a fun thing to do (being a non-math-lover personally), but necessary.

    How does that look intentionally?
    • Begin paying off my student loans--and as much as possible
    • Developing a budget that will work
    • Work towards buying my own car

    Physical // It's about taking care of myself and stewarding my health in a God-honoring way, so that I can in turn be at my best for the work God has given me to do. Plain and simple.

    How does that look intentionally?
    • Routinely working out
    • Establish morning and evening weekday routines/rituals (Read: Getting back on track with my sleep schedule and figuring out what I need to daily do to set myself up for the day and end it well)
    • Eat more salads 
    • Establishing a sabbath rhythm 

    Many leaders and studies have found that when we put something in writing, we become more committed to it, so I'll be tracking my progress here on the blog in hopes that it helps me to stick to this race. I learn best through writing and through visuals, so I've also created a pin board that serves as a place of inspiration, reminders, and resources for this year.