18 for 2018

How can it be the last day of 2017?  If Facebook is an accurate representation of the masses, there are a lot of us out there, including yours truly, thinking back over the past year and looking forward to what the new year will bring.

Am I the only one that feels a sense of anticipation as January 1 rolls in?  I mean, we have an entire 12 months in front of us, 52 weeks with no mistakes, no regrets, and 365 days full of possibility.  That makes my heart jump just a bit, and I want to be intentional about how I use every single one of my 525, 600 minutes in 2018.

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions; they don’t work, but I do like to have goals to work towards.  So I’ve come up with a list of 18 (you know, since it’s about to be 2018) goals I’d like to work towards in the next year:

  1.  Try a new food or recipe once a month.  It’s time to get out of that food rut and be adventurous at meal time!
  2. Master double unders.  At least then I won’t have to jump with a fat rope that weighs a ton.
  3. Run a 2-hour half marathon.  That was a goal for 2017, but injury got in the way.  Here’s to making it happen this year!
  4. Get at least one pull-up.  Seriously, I have been working on this forever, but this is the year!
  5. Send birthday cards to my family.  I try, but I have my niece’s birthday card from November still sitting here.  🙁
  6. Call, text, or email a friend just because I’m thinking of him or her.  I think about people all the time; I’m just not good at letting them know.  I want to change that.
  7. Read a book just for fun.  When was the last time you read a book for fun?  I can’t remember.
  8. Visit a city I’ve never been to. 
  9. Read some scripture every day.  It keeps me grounded.
  10. Keep my desk cleared off.  I’m usually very organized, but the desk always looks like a war zone.
  11. Host a dinner party for my friends.
  12. Attend a community group at church regularly.  I want to be intentional about connecting with other people.  I haven’t done so well at that this past year.
  13. Coach someone to run their first 5K.  You know someone who wants to run a 5K?  Seriously, I’d love to help them reach that goal.
  14. Put my personal training certification to use.  This could be a whole post, but…fear can be crippling, and 2018 is my year to overcome it in this area.
  15. Try a new activity (I have no idea what this could be, but I’ll try to keep an open mind!)  I shot a gun at a target over Thanksgiving, something I’d never done, and while I was a miserable shot, it was kind of fun!
  16. Meditate regularly.  It’s not easy for me to just sit quietly, but I’m discovering what a great stress reliever meditation can be.
  17. Tithe on every paycheck.
  18. Tell the people close to me that I love them.  Something else I don’t do well…

It’s a long list, but I don’t think it’s impossible, and some of these things I do already.  I just want to keep on doing them regularly.  I’ll check in every 2 or 3 months to see how I’m doing in meeting my goals for 2018.  I might even let you in on that evaluation! 🙂

So here’s to 2018!  May it be a year full of life and health and finding adventure in all that comes our way.

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Author: Juanita

Thanks for dropping in! I’m Juanita. People tell me I don’t look like a Juanita since I’m red headed and freckled with super pale skin, but what’s in a name, right? I’m a 40-something, single (as in no kids, never been married) gal from Oklahoma. I’m a nurse and most importantly, a follower of Jesus. I love chocolate, am scared of heights, and petrified of snakes. After my fortieth birthday and coming to grips with the fact that I was obese, I discovered I’m a runner and a CrossFitter, and that there’s a whole lot of life left to live. I just had to get past the fat, stare down the fear, and realize that 40 is not too old for new beginnings. So this is the story of my struggles and adventures in the quest to live a healthy life in mind, body, and soul.

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